The Princess And The Pirate

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The year is ending like a very bad movie.

We now have real life pirates, the killing kind, starring in their very own Pirates of the Arabian. They are hoisting their Jolly Roger on captured ships then using the ships to coordinate attacks on a great Indian city. After spraying fusilades of bullets on various hotels and other targets, the pirates swing away and disappear.

Mind you, these pirates are not to be confused with the Somali style pirates. The Somali style pirates, which made their debut onto the world news front pages recently, are the traditional sort. The Somali style pirate is mostly interested in loot.  They want whatever is the modern equivalent to pieces of eight.

The non-Somali pirate style appears to be in the game for the killing – of us and our societies. 

Our government, sharp as ever, assures us there is no need to worry or doubt about our safety – fact is we don’t have to worry or doubt – because an attack is sure to come. Those who wish to fret can do so. The worriers can eency-meency-miney-mo twix nuclear or biological weaponry. But rest assured, we have no need to be worry ourselves with uncertainty – an attack is on its way.

A nuclear or biological attack might be rather superfluous. The way the economy is being looted, first by the George W. pirates for eight years, and now by the Chicago dirigistes, there might not be much left to destroy. The rot from the inside might do us in before any ship-riding pirates board our decks.

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That’s not the way it was supposed to be. We were supposed to hear angelic choirs, not see the radar turrets of the Russian destroyer Peter The Great basking in the Carribean sun on a visit to Venezuela.

There have been no celestial choirs, no magic wand. Instead there has been an S-O-S. The S.O.S. cry for help was get Hillary to pick up that 3:00 a.m. call ’cause I’m not qualified nor experienced enough to know what to say or do without a teleprompter and lots of lead time.

Some in Big Media are beginning to see that the celestial choirs they sold tickets to won’t be making an appearance any time soon. Perhaps Big Media is reading what we wrote immediately after November 4.

Beyond the media’s contribution to divisiveness is the reality that November’s exit poll continues to show deep divisions in the country — divisions that will not be healed easily, no matter the president-elect’s intentions.

There are divisions because the issues are important and need to be discussed, not race-baited away. The divisions will persist no matter how much Big Media plys consumers with Hopium and Hype.

Further, the size of Obama’s victory and the nature of the problems that he will confront don’t suggest the end of division.

Obama’s 53 percent victory was a solid win, far more decisive than the last two presidential elections. But it was hardly a blowout.

His apparent margin of 6.8 points (based on near-final numbers from CNN) was well below the true landslide margins in Richard Nixon’s and Ronald Reagan’s re-elections (23.2 points and 18.2 points, respectively), but it also was below Bill Clinton’s re-election (8.5 points). Maybe more importantly, it was significantly below Reagan’s margin over Jimmy Carter (9.6 points) and slightly below George H.W. Bush’s 7.8-point margin in the 1988 open-seat race.

In other words, America did not “come together” to elect Obama. The country was divided, and while most Americans now hope that he can solve the nation’s problems, the new president’s choices will invariably require him to make trade-offs — trade-offs that are likely to anger some, maybe many, Americans.

While many Americans say they would like the country to come together, what they often really mean is that they would like others to change their views. [snip]

But unless our new president is smart enough and lucky enough to preside over the transformation of the American economy, and unless he places a higher priority on uniting the country, rather than pursing an ideological agenda, we are likely headed for more nastiness and division sooner or later.

Cancel the celestial choirs. Cue the pirate movies.

The film The Princess And The Pirate starred Bob Barack Hope and is a comedy. The 2008 Hopium filled version of the Princess and the Pirate is anything but funny.

In the 2008 version of Princess and the Pirate, a pirate from a great lake city hijacks a nomination then makes a great show of keeping the princess on board to steer the ship – it seems he gets seasick. The pirate loves to swash his buckle in front of crowds but gets droopy eyed after too much work. He rather acquire jewelry for his wife anyway.

Adorned in pink fabrics, the wise refuse to cheer the vacuous swashbuckler and continue to remind the circus loving crowds that they are cheering a pirate. Eventually the circus grows dull, and the bread becomes too costly.

The crowds, not able to afford bread and tired of the too loud circus, say “Get rid of that pirate, bring back the princess.”

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157 thoughts on “The Princess And The Pirate

  1. Admin, you let me down on this one, it should had been a bit hard hitting because we are still in denial stages while the treasury is being looted by the pirates and his merry band.

  2. “The pirate loves to swash his buckle in front of crowds but gets droopy eyed after too much work. He rather acquire jewelry for his wife anyway.”
    ROTF!!!!! Brings to mind the recent Drudge pic of BO droopy-eyed peering at a platter of deli sandwiches trying to decide which to take. He finally settled on the corned beef.
    And what about that 30G ring he’s giving MO? 😛
    BTW, Alex Witt(less) is having a hard time accepting “the celestial choirs they(MSM) sold tickets to won’t be making an appearance any time soon.”
    http://www.noquarterusa.net

  3. Second try.

    “The pirate loves to swash his buckle in front of crowds but gets droopy eyed after too much work. He rather acquire jewelry for his wife anyway.”

    ROTF!!!!! Brings to mind the recent Drudge pic of BO droopy-eyed peering at a platter of deli sandwiches trying to decide which to take. He finally settled on the corned beef.

    And what about that 30G ring he’s giving MO? 😛

    BTW, Alex Witt(less) is having a hard time accepting “the celestial choirs they(MSM) sold tickets to won’t be making an appearance any time soon.”
    noquarterusa.net

  4. “The pirate loves to swash his buckle in front of crowds but gets droopy eyed after too much work. He rather acquire jewelry for his wife anyway.”

    ROTF!!!!!

    Brings to mind the recent Drudge pic of BO droopy-eyed peering at a platter of deli sandwiches trying to decide which to take.

    He finally settled on the corned beef.
    razz:

    BTW, Alex Witt(less) is having a hard time accepting “the celestial choirs they (MSM) sold tickets to won’t be making an appearance any time soon.”

    noquarterusa

  5. Alex Witt(less) is having a hard time accepting “the celestial choirs they (MSM) sold tickets to won’t be making an appearance any time soon.”

    noquarterusa

  6. His apparent margin of 6.8 points (based on near-final numbers from CNN) was well below the true landslide margins in Richard Nixon’s and Ronald Reagan’s re-elections (23.2 points and 18.2 points, respectively), but it also was below Bill Clinton’s re-election (8.5 points). Maybe more importantly, it was significantly below Reagan’s margin over Jimmy Carter (9.6 points) and slightly below George H.W. Bush’s 7.8-point margin in the 1988 open-seat race.

    Chalk up a couple of percents of 6.8 to ACORN and such shenanigans, and another couple to the Repubs who stayed home (~10 mil), and yet another couple to the energetic endorsement and campaigning from the Clintons. Yes, it was a landslide (in 0bama universe).

    On another note, I want to offer support for our good soldier, Basil. She was talking about campaign strategy and there were holes in Hillary’s strategy. While accusing others of romanticism, let us not fall prey to it ourselves. She made some blunders, but issues were much bigger than that and it is unfair to expect her to have been perfect. Also, why the attacks on the person, we are all angry and grieving in one way or another.

  7. Thanks, pm317.
    I think Grape was just in a lousy mood but i did feel compelled to defend myself.

    BTW, I finally pulled up that amazing pic of venus, jupitor and the moon over the taj done. Spectacular!

    i caught a glimpse of it last night in the Catskill Mountains.

    Do you know the significance of that particular alignment?

  8. BTW,

    Any one else catch FOX’s story this morning that HRC may not be QUALIFIED to be SOS coz of emoulliment (or something like that)?

    WTF!

    And never a WORD about BO’s COLB issues!
    Grrrrrrrrrrr……….

  9. Do you know the significance of that particular alignment?

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    You won’t see it like that again until 2052 (was it 2032?).

  10. basil, that emoluments issue is a non-issue. it is something about Congress having voted for pay raises for the WH cabinet, now has one of their own becoming a cabinet member. It would apply to all Congress and not just Hillary. But it is a ludicrous rule and they will get around it. It is like Hillary voted for it knowing that it will benefit her — how could she have known she would become SoS when she voted for the raise? And, yea she is doing this for a few more thousands.

  11. Pm317,
    I KNOW it’s a non-issue but how friggin ironic is this that she gets scrutinized for what’s obviously a frivolous point and BO gets a pass on proving he’s eligible for POTUS?

    ::shaking head in disgust::

  12. Admin,

    This reminds me of a balloon losing all it’s air and plummeting to the ground. Obama had a great speech writer, promised the moon to everyone, and preached a new gospel that was leaky from the very beginning. What we have left is a man who desperately wants and needs the same blind adulation he received in the election process, with no idea how to accomplish it. He finds himself in hot water from the very start because his governing experience is nil and his judgement processes are copycat.

    The DNC is just very lucky that Hillary has not abandoned ship.

  13. I have a good idea for the auto industry bailout. I think the money that the oil companies made by overpricing gasoline for the 8 years B ush was in, could be taken to bailout the auto industry, afterall, the two have been in bed with each other for years by not getting better mileage cars. I think they need to take care of each other now!

  14. Admin: I like the analogy myself. I agree with your point of view–I always do.

    Barack Obama, Axlerod, Plouffe, Burton and obviously Bill Daley are not just from Chicago. They are the Chicago Machine. They will commit any crime–any conceiveable crime to seize power–and to stay in power. Jointly and severally they will betray this nation–just as they have consistently betrayed the people of Illinois. They are pirates, as you say–or worse.

    But they are still the Chicago Machine–a vile organism that has grown up in a certain city in the mid west at a certain time in history. They can take over a party like the AIDS virus takes over a healthy body. Ultimately, they could kill it. They can steal an election in an off year. But they cannot govern.

    They are bit players on the International stage. Their power does not extend to London, Paris, Bombay, Melbourne, Bejing or other power centers throughout the world. Notice how enthusiatic foreign leaders were to hear that Hillary accepted the SOS position. They hate Bush, but they see through Obama. They see Obama for the arrogant, power hungry empty suit which he most definitely is. The president of France has said as much and he merely said what others were thinking.

    The Chicago Machine is even at sea in our nations capital where the opposition party is not guided by the Rules of the Combine, which is to say the vig. The very fact that the administration is comprised of so many Clinton people and so few vile Obamaites tends to prove they do not heve the ability to steer the ship.

    That said, let me change the hypothetical a bit and see what you think. I know I am wrong, but lets have some fun with it anyway.

    Suppose the princess was brutalized on shore by the pirates and their hostile allies (the press), and afterwards they wanted nothing more to do with her. But she outfoxed them and forced her way on their ship. She took over the helm which the captain was not competent to handle. She steered the ship though narrow straits, and a perfect storm, while the captain paced the deck and with a teleprompter.

    They say pirate ships were the perfect democacy and a vote of confidence could be taken by the crew at any moment. After she had saved the voyage, is it possible that the crew might hold an election and make her captain?

    And what if the crew was not simply Obama and his merry band of Chicago thugs, but the party insiders who have seen enough of his little protection racket. Or suppose it is a public who feels betrayed by his failure to deliver a miracle.

    Might they not opt for her if she was on the international stage achieving great things? Or would they be more likely to do that if she were buried in the senate, with her voice silenced, and Obama blocking her legislation and preparing to run a black candidate like Patterson against her.

  15. This reminds me of a balloon losing all it’s air and plummeting to the ground. Obama had a great speech writer, promised the moon to everyone, and preached a new gospel that was leaky from the very beginning. What we have left is a man who desperately wants and needs the same blind adulation he received in the election process, with no idea how to accomplish it. He finds himself in hot water from the very start because his governing experience is nil and his judgement processes are copycat.

    The DNC is just very lucky that Hillary has not abandoned ship.
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    What this primary has proven is the jury that needs to be convinced about Hillary is not us but the party insiders. In some ways we are like the troops in chainmail who have laid seige to a castle without the means to get inside. PUMAS in Denver were an example. They were smarter than the people inside, but they lacked two things–access and influence. Hillary is inside the castle, and that is where the effective work of convincing the insiders will need to be done. Thus it is not so much a question of saving the DNC–they can rot in hell so far as I am concerned. It is a matter of demonstating to them and ultimately the world what a profound mistake they made in selecting this man. They could have gotten a weaker sos and the world might not have noticed. But they got Hillary and she will prove that she is the best leader we have.

  16. “They could have gotten a weaker sos and the world might not have noticed.”

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    I’m not sure that is the case. I think he chose Hillary so he would not fall on his face in this area. A weaker sos would have cracked his halo that much sooner. It’s all about image for this guy. 😉

  17. pm317,

    Oh yeah! I remember that very well! i will watch again when I have time.

    BTW, whatever happened to Harold?

  18. I’m not sure that is the case. I think he chose Hillary so he would not fall on his face in this area. A weaker sos would have cracked his halo that much sooner. It’s all about image for this guy.
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    I think he chose Hillary because he was out maneuvered. Absent that, I think he would have selected someone weaker and blamed whatever was not accomplished on Bush.

  19. BTW, whatever happened to Harold?
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    Back at Meyer, Souszzi and English I would imagine.

  20. Jan-my argument is Hillary as SOS benefits her more than him. In any case, it benefits the country. There is a perception fostered by his campaign and his media whores that he is a strong leader calling the shots. But this is a fiction and it is belied by his entire biography. In the end it will require him to be that which he is not and no one can carry that off indefinitely in a 24-7 world. Either he will undergo the most remarkable transformation in history or he will be outed. On the odds it will be the latter.

  21. LOL…wbboei,

    Maybe so, but I wonder if media and RNC would have bludgeoned his “weaker choice” right out the gate. And he can blame whomever he wants, but his judgement in choosing such a weakling would also backfire on him.

    And I’m not 100% sure that he was outmaneuvered with Hillary. I think there was more involved…just my thoughts.

  22. Regarding yesterday’s thread, I definitely lean toward basil9’s point of view: Hillary should have aniticipated nasty caucus tactics. Granted, she was also up against many in her own party, who bought into the media hype that “Clinton can’t win because there og Clinton-fatigue syndrome”. The DNC is disgusting. To me, one of the worst aspects of the GE outcome (notice I didn’t say “Obama victory”) is that it validates Dean and Brazile and Cabal. They get fancy feathers in their caps.

    And I too would have supported her in fighting the DNC.

    And I too feel that we Hillary supporters did NOT let her down, we worked for her, made phone calls, donated, blogged, etc.

    Regarding SoS, I am ambivalent. I was against it at first, but I see the utility. And it’s the plum position. But under the Evil One’s thumb. Maybe better than wandering in the wilderness, though.

  23. Jan- he wanted kerry or richardson. They were part of his cabal. They are far weaker leaders than Hillary.

    However, their resumes would have withstood the kind of scrutiny you refer to and he would not be blamed if they flopped.

    As far as the outmaneuvering is concerned, it calls to mind one of Napleons axioms of war: never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake. It was their mistake to dangle the sos thing out there, they did and she made it happen.

  24. carbynew Says:

    December 3rd, 2008 at 9:25 am
    Admin, you let me down on this one, it should had been a bit hard hitting because we are still in denial stages while the treasury is being looted by the pirates and his merry band.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Not hard enough? Calling the current and the incoming administrations pirates? Calling the
    O-dministration on being open to bullying?

    Idunno, i think admin is plenty angry, and backin’ it up with facts.

  25. Whopping $2.2B Political Spending For TV

    Between $2.5 billion and $2.7 billion were spent on political ads this election season, according to figures from ad measurement company TNS Media Intelligence.

    Television scored the biggest dollars: $2.2 billion. National cable and national networks was around $200 million.” Print, radio, online and local cable is expected to share the remaining $200 million to $400 million. A lot of it had to do with the Democrats’ 50-state presidential campaign strategy.

    In some states, according to news repors, the revenue was 3x what was initially expected, more than enough to make up for the fall-off from the general ad market. In cable, Comcast surpassed its political budget this year by 30%. And 18% of presidential campaign spending, up from 1% four years ago, went to went to local spot cable because of the ability of zoning for smaller areas and specific homes, while interconnects reach wide areas.

    Denver and Indianapolis territories reached 200% of their proposed budgets this year as the presidential candidates flooded the market. Missouri did 12% more between the ’04 and ’08 campaigns for president.

    Political ad dollars are also expected to flow in 2009 because of 36 governor races alone in 2010 and the anticipated issue advocacy as the Obama adminitration starts to carry out its agenda.

    http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/whopping-22b-political-spending-for-tv/
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    And now we see Big Media going to Congress and Sec. Paulson with their hand out now for their share of the TREASURY!!!

  26. “he wanted kerry or richardson.”

    I stand corrected then. For the life of me I can’t figure out why he wanted to play games with someone so much smarter than him, but I’m glad he got caught.

  27. wbboei,

    ‘Either he will undergo the most remarkable transformation in history or he will be outed. On the odds it will be the latter.’

    GAWD i hope you’re right! (you usually are – :wink:)

    RGB,
    Thanks. No one’s trying to HRC-bash, especially me. But let’s face it, if her campaign had been run as smoothly as BO’s she’d be CIC. I’m just a tiny bit mad that it wasn’t.

    I seems everyone got what they wanted out of the election except us.

    McCain got to be nominated as his party’s candidate.

    BO got the brass ring.

    HRC got back in the WH.

    AA’s got their first black prez.

    Guilty white people got to pretend they’d proved their enlightenment.

    The press got a best-selling story they will milk shamelessly for the next 4 years.

    The DNC got to overthrow the Clinton’s.

    OK – I’m exaggerating (a little). But you catch my drift.

  28. Can someone explain to me, what happened with SOS. Was a rumor floated out about the possibility of HRC as SOS, but it wasn’t meant to be true, and HRC said that she was interested?

  29. Birdgal,
    I don’t have a clue. 🙁

    On another note, (barf bag alert) Alabama creates an annual BO holiday. YECH!

    MARION, Ala. (AP) – A small central Alabama county whose mainly black residents gave Barack Obama more than 70 percent of the vote on Election Day has created an annual holiday in honor of the president-elect.

    The Perry County Commission voted 4 to 1 to observe the second Monday in November as “The Barack Obama Day.” County offices will close and its roughly 40 workers will get a paid holiday.

    The sponsoring commissioner, Albert Turner Jr., said the holiday is meant to highlight the Democratic president-elect’s victory as a way to give people faith that difficult goals can be achieved.

    The majority of the county’s 12,000 residents are black.

  30. Basil,

    Yes, she miscalculated during the campaign but I don’t think that we should credit Obama’s campaign for being smoothly run. It is easy to be perceived as running smoothly if the MSM is totally biased in favor of your campaign and against your opponent. This handicap alone will beat any contender. That Hillary actually came close is testament to her tenacity and the excellent management of her campaign.

    You see, basil, with MSM bias, you would not even have to run ads. With the MSM acting as press agents for the Obama campaign and spewing Obama’s press releases and their point of view; (1) they would not have to spend on ads defending themselves from attack (2) their hands would not be sullied attacking their opponents. This is a tremendous advantage that Obama had. This is not caused by anything that the Obama campaign did. This is not because they were geniuses. The bias happened because the main stream media has no scruples.

    I remember the time when media bias was measured using the smile bias. They just count the number of times a newscaster smiles when mentioning a particular candidate. This election cycle is so much more blatant and unfair.

  31. Heck, with all the positive MSM coverage, I don’t know why, BO spent any money on advertising. MSNBC was MSNBO.

  32. You finally got it. HRC went against tremendous odds, and bet them. Yet the crooks denied her. Had public outrage been there, they would have never gotten away with it.

    I still lay the blame on the voters who did no get outraged, and demanded that the public vote be followed. What kind of a Democracy is this.

  33. God bless her and Bill, but her campaign was incredibly poorly equipped to handle what BO and his Chicago thugs had in store. I will never understand how they could not see how the DNC and BO were conspiring against them until it was way too late…..Doyle and Penn were arguably, the worst choices ever made for this campaign.

  34. NMF: Maybe, more voters didn’t get enraged over the convention results, because they didn’t realize that the process was rigged. MSM didn’t discuss this issue, whatsoever.

  35. I think the question is now, is what can we do to continue to support this great lady. We can lay blame anywhere we like, but the fact remains that her becoming SOS is, to me, much better than the alternative.

  36. I’ve said it before, but the “Incredibly Smooth-Running Obama Campaign” does not entirely square with reality.

    First, there were plenty of mis-steps: mis-talking with Canada about NAFTA, etc. But MSM was more than happy to cover for them. On the other hand, they magnified any little mis-step by Clinton or McCain.

    Second, despite this extreme assistance from MSM, Obama continued to see his lead steadily erode, until McCain actually passed him in the polls (not just one) for a few days. From early June until the last week of September, when the financial meltdown, Obama was a sorry excuse for a candidate, and by implication, Axlegrease and Pluff.

    MSM was again complicit in ascribing the blame for the market meltdown / Lehman fiasco soley at the feet of the Republicans, who were deemed to be the “incumbents” due to W. in the Whitehouse, even though Dems had their fair share of responsibility as majority in both House and Senate.

    If Obama had run such an Amazing Campaign, he’d have taken his Januray Iowa win and had it wrapped up Super Tuesday. And then gone on to trounce McCain. And outdone McCain in the debates. Again, MSM helped craft the perception, with just a few weeks to go, that “Obama held his own, or won, all three debates”. We know what a crock of sugar that is.

  37. rgb and rickya,

    Excellent points.
    “…With the MSM acting as press agents for the Obama campaign and spewing Obama’s press releases and their point of view….”
    “…the “Incredibly Smooth-Running Obama Campaign” does not entirely square with reality…”
    And, jan, I’m not trying to blame her, im trying ti understand how the heck this happened, just like everyone else at 44. I agree with JB, “….but her campaign was incredibly poorly equipped to handle what BO and his Chicago thugs had in store. I will never understand how they could not see how the DNC and BO were conspiring against them until it was way too late…..” I mean, it’s not as if she and Bill didn’t have plenty of practice dealing with hostile coverage.

    FWIW, I’ve said my piece. i appreciate the chance to express it and it’s time for me, personally to move on. But I probably wouldn’t be able to say that if i hadn’t had the chance to put in my 2 cents. I wish all success, happiness and peace for HRC. I can’t say the same for the prez-elect.

  38. Can someone explain to me, what happened with SOS. Was a rumor floated out about the possibility of HRC as SOS, but it wasn’t meant to be true,
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    Yes. The Obama campaign floated the rumor. They did it as a public relations tactic to enhance the unity pony. They never expected she would accept.

    Or, is she did, they never expected Bill would agree to be vetted. They saw it as another example of the Lewinsky case where she took a public position and she undermined it.

    Either way, they never dreamed it would come to fruition.

    Now, the Obama people are kicking themselves. I understand they had a come to Jesus meeting over it. Mish in particular is not happy–which only goes to show that what is bad for the Chicago crew is good for the nation–and the world at large. They had no back-up strategy.

    Their decision to put Power on the transition team is some evidence that they are not happy. Even now they are seeking evidence to deny her the post. The problem is the party and the world at large have weighed in favor of it. There is no turning back.

    Chicago rules do not apply.

  39. My comments preceded w/ $$$

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    wbboei Says:
    December 3rd, 2008 at 3:16 pm
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    Yes. The Obama campaign floated the rumor. They did it as a public relations tactic to enhance the unity pony. They never expected she would accept.

    Or, if she did, they never expected Bill would agree to be vetted. They saw it as another example of the Lewinsky case where she took a public position and she undermined it.

    $$$ It seems it was a game of “Chicken”. No one blinked, they ran into each other. Good for Hill/Bill, because O had the fancy car, they were driving the rental, with less to lose.

    Either way, they never dreamed it would come to fruition.

    $$$ Maybe Obama and the Bots don’t have enough Experience with Washington Politics.

    Now, the Obama people are kicking themselves. I understand they had a come to Jesus meeting over it. Mish in particular is not happy–which only goes to show that what is bad for the Chicago crew is good for the nation–and the world at large. They had no back-up strategy.

    $$$ Mish should be content to be a clothes hound. On that note, if you don’t know what you’re doing, (like Obama), hire outside help. Tim Gunn is a busy guy, but I’m sure he’d make time for the First Lady. They could make it a Project Runaway theme (if the law suites (heh, heh) die down); “Okay, contestants, you’re goal is to make THIS look good, somehow.” And that for the first time, she can be proud of her country. So now it’s time to STFU and let Washinton insiders try to make Her Man look half way decent.

    Their decision to put Power on the transition team is some evidence that they are not happy.

    $$$ For Powers, it is like being the fourth runner up for Miss America. You win like, a coffee maker.

    Even now they are seeking evidence to deny her the post.

    $$$ Try to deny HRC based on some extremely minor thing???? And yet Obama gets away with a birth certificate posted on a web site, and a one page doctor’s note saying, “Obama is just fine”. WTF? And that’s just the short list of lack of transparency.
    Not a legal US citizen? NO PROBLEM!
    Overseas donations? NO PROBLEM!
    Illegal donations from suspicious people, like Moondawg?? NO PROBLEM!

    The problem is the party and the world at large have weighed in favor of it. There is no turning back. Chicago rules do not apply.

  40. wwoebi,

    the fact that M.O. is not happy about this warms my heart. That she should have any influence or say on decisions of this kind just boggle the mind. Hillary runs circles around all of them. Enough said!

  41. Okay, is the coming closeness “fake” between Obama and Hillary are is the problem the Chicago machine around Obama?

    I guess what I mean is do Obama really apprieciate having Hillary as SOS now?

  42. Bill Richardson Offers An Olive Branch to Clintons?

    At his announcement event today, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered words to help heal primary campaign wounds. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    “There are some who speak of a team of rivals. But I’ve never seen it that way. Past competitors, yes. But rivals implies something harder edged and less forgiving.”

    When New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson uttered the above lines at today’s announcement that he was President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to be Commerce Secretary, it was easy to think he was talking about his relationship with his new boss.

    After all, they were rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year and Richardson — particularly during the debates — often sided with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in disagreements with Obama. (Of course, so did Delaware Sen. Joe Biden — who wound up as Obama’s veep pick.)

    But, to our mind, Richardson’s comments about forgiveness are better understood in relation to the Clintons with whom his relationship soured during the campaign.

    After Richardson dropped out of the presidential contest in early January, there was an expectation among political observers that he would back Clinton. Former President Bill Clinton had appointed Richardson as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy and it was no secret that the two men were close. That expectation only increased when Richardson and Clinton were spotted watching the Super Bowl together in the New Mexico governor’s mansion.

    When Richardson decided to endorse Obama then, it made for a major coup in the political world and, according to published reports, stoked real anger in the Clinton world. There was Clinton confidante James Carville calling Richardson “Judas”, and a story that Bill Clinton had lost his (famous) temper when asked in a private meeting about Richardson’s endorsement of Obama. Richardson, too, pushed back aggressively — deriding the “gutter” politics of those around Clinton.

    The Clintons — particularly Bill Clinton — are well known for their long political memories, and Richardson knows that fact better than most.

    His “water under the bridge” pronouncement today is rightly seen as an olive branch offered to the Clintons as he prepares to serve alongside Hillary Clinton in Obama’s Cabinet.

    voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/12/bill_richardson_on_rivals.html?nav=rss_blog

  43. JanH Says:

    December 3rd, 2008 at 3:49 pm
    wwoebi,

    the fact that M.O. is not happy about this warms my heart. That she should have any influence or say on decisions of this kind just boggle the mind. Hillary runs circles around all of them. Enough said!

    ——————————————————————————————

    If MO is not happy about Senator Clinton being SOS, it also warms my heart.

  44. Given the effort Hillary made to support his candidacy, he had better be grateful and respectful to this lady.

  45. —On Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who ran unsuccessfully for vice president on the GOP ticket, the governor said he spoke with her about oil drilling and natural resources. Palin believes oil companies sometimes squander oil, Paterson said, but he thinks the tax code drives what they do. They’re not always holding oil back to drive prices up, but to get a better tax deal, he said.

    The governor described Palin as “very forthright, very outgoing and very direct.”

    polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2008/12/03/the-governors-thoughts-on-palin-obama-and-others/
    *****************************************************
    Patterson sounds like another apologist for “big business” “big Oil” “big banks”…no wonder Hillary and Sarah didn’t have a chance these guys protect each other.

  46. NARAL Says No Suozzi
    December 3, 2008

    You might not expect a Democratic choice to replace Hillary Clinton to face any great resistance from the New York chapter abortion rights group NARAL.

    But there’s one name being bandied about that local NARAL boss Kelli Conlin would find unacceptable: Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi.

    In fact, she is so opposed, that she penned an op-ed for the Albany Times Union that ran yesterday to push Gov. Paterson to make sure he appoints someone who has as strong as a commitment to women’s rights as Clinton.

    It didn’t mention any unacceptable candidates, so we asked. She said Suozzi, who among other things, handed out about $3 million to church groups for abstinence-based sex ed.

    “There are many, many other fine candidates for Gov. Paterson to choose from who have much better records,” Conlin said. Basically, that’s everyone else who has been mentioned.

    If Suozzi feels like responding, we’ll update.

    – Michael McAuliff

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2008/12/naral-says-no-suozzi.html
    *****************************************************
    These idiots get what they deserve, I can’t believe these backstabbers really think they have any credibility left after that hatched job they did on clinton?

    Pathetic!

  47. carbynew Says:

    December 3rd, 2008 at 4:26 pm
    Okay, is the coming closeness “fake” between Obama and Hillary are is the problem the Chicago machine around Obama?

    I guess what I mean is do Obama really apprieciate having Hillary as SOS now?
    &&&&&

    I believe:

    * the closeness is fake, both ways.
    * Obama is happy with her as Sos
    a) her successes will be his successes
    b) her failures will not be his failures
    c) he gets to pretend he unified the Democratic Pary

    To quote Elaine Benis: “Fake, fake, …fake, fake”. (you know, the episode with the faked orga….)

  48. I don’t believe the Hillary-as-SoS thing was just a rumor that Obama ended up being outmaneuvered on. He won the election without even considering her for VP, so it wasn’t like there was any pressure on him to make her a member of his cabinet. And she certainly wasn’t seeking a job in his administration the way Kerry and Judas were.

    I think we need to consider Occam’s Razor here: that the simplest explanation is the one that makes the most sense. He thought she’d do a better job as SoS than Kerry or Judas, and we here certainly agree with that. Sure, there are probably political calculations involved at some level but I just think the explanation I mentioned above represents mostly what’s going on here.

  49. rgb said: Regarding SoS, I am ambivalent. I was against it at first, but I see the utility. And it’s the plum position. But under the Evil One’s thumb.
    =================

    The thumb may become a handle for wagging the Evil One, if it hasn’t already. Someone has already wagged him to restore the Clinton 90s treasury people, plus a HIllary advisor, Gether???. Even the two bots that were brought in as token women, are ‘disciples’ of Clinton’s secretary Rubin, iirc.

    Want a cartoon: Hillary and Condi, dressed as nannies, meeting each other at the White House gate, the incoming and the outgoing.

  50. NARAL another Judas, as many women’s group were, deserved exactly what they signed up for, a Fraud. So we will see what they get in NY, after they sold their souls to the Devxx.

  51. wbboei

    This is the carbynew comment I was telling you about….re Joe the crybaby…

    carbynew Says:

    December 2nd, 2008 at 12:49 pm

  52. The Huffington PostDecember 3, 2008

    Obama’s Windfall Taxes Shift: First Broken Promise?

    The Obama team’s decision to drop the idea of forcing oil and natural gas companies to pay a tax on their windfall profits has caused a firestorm among liberals and small business coalitions.

    As first reported in the Houston Chronicle, Obama’s reference to a windfall profits tax, which he articulated during the campaign at a time of skyrocketing gas prices, had been removed from the transition team’s Website, change.gov:

    President-elect Barack Obama has quietly shelved a proposal to slap oil and natural gas companies with a new windfall profits tax.

    An aide for the transition team acknowledged the policy shift Tuesday, after a small-business group discovered the proposal — touted throughout much of the campaign — had been dropped from the incoming administration’s Web site.

    “President-elect Obama announced the policy during the campaign because oil prices were above $80 per barrel,” the aide said. “They are below that now and expected to stay below that.”

    At liberal blog Campaign For America’s Future, David Sirota writes:

    Between this move and the move to wait to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, it seems like the Obama team is buying into the right-wing frame that raising any taxes – even those on the richest citizens and wealthiest corporations – is bad for the economy. Of course, that frame is debunked by history. And while sure, it’s OK to rack up deficits so as to spend our way out of the economic crisis, it’s sorta silly to ignore the tax moves that could be implemented to limit those deficits where possible.

    Oh, and one last thing – if oil prices are down and oil industry profits are truly down, what’s the harm in passing a windfall profits tax? Even if you buy the right-wing nonsense about a windfall profits tax “hurting the industry” or “hurting the economy” when it is applied, if there really are no windfall profits to tax, then it won’t be applied.

    On Mother Jones’ blog, Nick Baumann wrote a post asking, “Did Barack Obama just break his first camaign promise?”

    Obama talked about a windfall profits tax as early as April. As crude oil prices topped $110 a barrel, Obama promised to “put a windfall profits tax on oil companies and use it to help … families pay their heating and cooling bills and reduce energy costs.” And in August, the Democratic nominee issued a campaign ad that promised “a windfall profits tax on big oil to give families a thousand dollar rebate.” The windfall profits tax was a key point of contention between President-elect Obama and McCain in June, when McCain criticized Obama for the plan, calling it “dangerous”.

    The removal was noticed by the American Small Business League which fumed in a press release:

    The American Small Business League questions whether the sudden elimination of this issue is a further indication that large corporations are already demonstrating their ability to influence the Obama adminstration…

    President-elect Obama owes the American people an explanation as to why these campaign promises have been pulled from his agenda.

  53. It still makes no sense for the SoS offer to have been a trial balloon that Obama never really meant. If that were the case, he’d be the dumbest politician ever instead of the Chicago machine’s “finest.”

  54. Tonight Jack Cafferty claimed that Governor Rendel made a comment around an open microphone about this Neopolitano creature and how well suited she is to the job of Director of Homeland Security because she has no like etc.

    He called Rendell an idiot around a microphone.

    What exactly does Cafferty think he (Cafferty) is? He sure aint Christopher Columbus, Edward R Murrow, etc. He is the quintessential idiot around a microphone five days a week. The guy is a human hemoroid. Surely there is a tree somewhere in Central Park he could be swinging from.

  55. carbynew Says:
    December 3rd, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    The Huffington PostDecember 3, 2008

    Obama’s Windfall Taxes Shift: First Broken Promise?
    &&&&&&&&&&

    All I gotta say is: “First?????!!!”

    Damn, are these *liberals* slow in the brain? Or what? (btw, i am a self-proclaimed “liberal”, but with vast chunks of my reasonableness left in tact).

    After the bus has driven over you, and backed up, and ran over you again, don’t ya start to get the picture???

    Fucking’ ay.

  56. # Paula Says:
    December 3rd, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    It still makes no sense for the SoS offer to have been a trial balloon that Obama never really meant. If that were the case, he’d be the dumbest politician ever instead of the Chicago machine’s “finest.”
    &&&&

    I think the jury is still out on this. Did Obama outsmart everyone? Or did smart people use him, and install him, thereby outsmarting evenyone else?

    He’s gotten by awfully well on affirmative action tendencies, and the “kindness of strangers”, who may, possibly, just want something the fuck in return.

  57. Obama’s Windfall Taxes Shift: First Broken Promise?
    ——————————–
    It is the first broken promise but only if you start counting today.

    in the case of huffpo they did not start counting until after the election, for fear that they might say something objective and hurt his chances to be elected.

  58. NARAL can go get impregnated with unprotected sex, for all I care.

    God bless the many lower totem pole members who felt betrayed by the quick rush to support Obama, to suck up to him. “Oooooh, let’s get a black person elected president, that will make everything just fine and dandy. Even if he is completely misogynistic, and is just using us for our votes and our resources. I stll feel great about this!!”

    Jeez. They’re just another part of the conspiracy to install Obama.

  59. Paula Says:

    December 3rd, 2008 at 9:11 pm
    It still makes no sense for the SoS offer to have been a trial balloon that Obama never really meant. If that were the case, he’d be the dumbest politician ever instead of the Chicago machine’s “finest.”

    *****************************************************
    Who said he was smart? He’s just well connected.

  60. Yeah. Let’s see his SAT scores…if he took it.

    Let’s see his college transcripts…if he really attended.

    Let’s see any proof of this supposed vastly intelligent human being.

    “Oh my God. It is Brainzilla!!! He is striding to the WhiteHouse elegantly dressed with a cigarette dangling from his lips. I think he’s quoting Kierkegaard!!”

  61. It still makes no sense for the SoS offer to have been a trial balloon that Obama never really meant. If that were the case, he’d be the dumbest politician ever instead of the Chicago machine’s “finest.”
    ——————————————
    Paula: I think it makes perfect sense when you consider who we are dealing with.

    The odd choices in Barack Obama’s career
    By J.R. Dunn

    . . . Barack Obama is a flake.

    I’m using the term in its generally accepted sense. A flake is not only a screwup, but someone who truly excels in making bizarre errors and creating incredibly convoluted disasters. A flake is a “fool with energy”, as the Russian proverb puts it. (“A fool is a terrible thing to have around, but a fool with energy is a nightmare”.)

    Barack Obama is a flake, and the American people have begun to see it. The chief characteristic of a flake is that he makes choices that are impossible to either understand or explain. These are not the errors of the poor dope who can’t grasp the essentials of a situation, or the neurotic who ruins things out of compulsion, or the man suffering chronic bad luck.

    The flake has a genius for discovering solutions at perfect right angles to the ordinary world. It’s as if he’s the product of a totally different evolutionary chain, in a universe where the laws are slightly but distinctly at variance to ours. When given a choice between left and right, the flake goes up — if not through the 8th dimension. And although there’s plenty of rationalization, there’s never a logical reason for any of it. After awhile, people stop asking.

    Obama’s rise has been widely portrayed as a kind of millennial Horatio Alger story — young lad from a new state on the outskirts of the American polity, a member of once-despised minority, works his way by slow degrees to within arm’s length of the presidency itself. That’s all well and good — we need national myths of exactly that type.

    But what has been overlooked is the string of faux pas marking each step of Obama’s journey, a series of strange, inexplicable actions, actions bizarre enough to require some effort at explanation, through such efforts have rarely been offered. It’s as if the new Horatio made it to the top by stepping into every last manhole and open trapdoor in his path. And we, the onlookers, the voters who are being asked to put this man in the White House, are supposed to take this as the normal career path for a successful chief executive.

    What are these incidents? I’m sure many of you are way ahead of me, but let’s go to the videotape.

    Here’s a young man who graduated from Columbia with high marks, with a choice of positions anywhere in the country. He comes from a state generally held to be a close match to Paradise. One, furthermore, that can be characterized as the most successful multiracial society in the world, with harmonious relations not only between whites and blacks, but also Japanese-Americans and native Hawaiians as well. To top it off, a state controlled in large part by a smoothly-functioning Democratic machine. So where does he choose to go?

    To Chicago. One of the windiest, coldest, most brutal cities in the country. One that is also infinitely corrupt in a sense that Hawaii is not. One that remains one of the most racist large cities in the U.S. (Cicero, Al Capone’s old stomping grounds, a suburb that is effectively part of the city, is completely segregated to this day.) It would be nice to learn which of these aspects most attracted young Obama to the city. But if you’d asked at the beginning of the campaign, you’d still be waiting.

    And what does he do when he reaches the city? Why, he joins a cult. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church has been turned inside out since the videotaped sermons appeared early this year, without anyone ever quite explaining exactly what Obama was thinking of when he joined up in the first place. Street cred, so it’s claimed. But there are a plethora of black churches that would have provided him that without the taint of demented racism that Wright’s church offered.

    Obama apparently had to swear an oath of belief in “black liberation theology” when he joined the church. (It is the little touches of that sort that make it a “cult”, and not simply a “church”.) Did the thought of his career ever cross his mind? Didn’t he realize that church would inevitably cause him trouble somewhere down the line? That he’d be required to repudiate it and its ideas eventually? We can ask — but we won’t get an answer.

    Back at school, Obama got himself named editor of the Harvard Law Review. This is a signal achievement, no question about it. The kind of thing that would be mentioned about a person for the rest of his life, as has been the case with Obama. But then… he writes nothing for the journal.

    Now, let’s get this straight: here we have one of the leading university law journals in the country, one widely cited and read. Entire careers in legal analysis and scholarship have been founded on appearances in the Review, including some that have led to the highest courts in the country. Yet here’s an individual who, as editor, could easily place his own work in the journal — standard practice, nothing at all wrong with it. But he fails to do so. And the explanation? There’s none that I’ve heard. We can go even farther than that, to say that there is no explanation that makes the least rational sense.

    We follow Obama down to Springfield, where as a state legislator, he voted “present” over 120 times. What this means, as far as I’ve been able to discover, is that he voted “present” nearly as much as he voted “yes” or “no”.

    Now, statehouses work very simply: a member approaches his colleagues and asks them them to vote for his bill. Some comply, some do not. Some ask, “Is it a good bill?” and some don’t. Either way, they customarily, except in unusual circumstances, vote “yes’ or “no”. All except for Barack Obama. And how did get away with it? How did mollify his colleagues? How did he square himself with the party bosses? Echo answereth not.

    (A good slogan could be made of this: “You can’t vote present in the Oval Office.” I hereby commend it to the McCain campaign.)

    We turn eagerly to learn what his term in the U.S. Senate will reveal, only to be disappointed. But it’s not surprising, really. After all, he was only there for 143 days.

    And there lies one of the keys to Obama’s rise. David Brooks pointed out in a recent New York Times column that Obama spent too little time in any of his positions to make an impact one way or another. This is what saved him from the normal fate of the flake: he was never around long enough for his errors and strange behavior to catch up with him.

    But a presidential campaign is a different matter. A man running for president is under the microscope, and can’t duck anything, as many a candidate has had reason to learn. If Obama is a flake in the classic mode, now is when it would come out. And has it?

    The case could be made. Here we have a campaign with everything going for it — the opposition party in a shambles, a seriously undervalued president, the media in the candidate’s pocket, the candidate himself being worshiped as nothing less than the new messiah. And yet the results have comprised little more than one fumble after another.

    First came the Wright affair. Obama apparently thought he was above it all — a not-uncommon phenomenon with flakes — and allowed the revelations to take on a life of their own before bothering to respond. Even then, his thoughtful and convincing explanation (that he hadn’t been listening for twenty years) did little to settle the crisis, which instead guttered out on its own after nearly crippling his campaign. Even months afterward it threatens to pop back up at any time. The latest word is that Wright — now a deadly enemy of his onetime protégé — has written a book. I can’t wait.

    Obama learned his lesson, and confronted the next threat immediately, tackling The New Yorker cover with the avidity of a man having discovered zombies in the basement. A development that could have been defused with a chuckle and a quip (the customary method is for the politician to ask the cartoonist for the original) was allowed to explode into a major issue. The campaign’s relentless attacks on one of the oldest liberal magazines extant merely perplexed the country at large. After all, any Republican has had to endure far worse.

    Almost simultaneously, the birth certificate saga was unfolding. On no reasonable grounds, the campaign blew off requests for a copy of the document, at last releasing it through one of the least reputable sites on the Internet, and so badly copied that literally anything could be read into it — and was. I’m not one of those who believes that Obama was actually born in Indonesia/Kenya/Moscow/the moon, but I still have plenty in the way of questions, almost all of them arising from how the matter was handled. Well played.

    The latest pothole (or one of them, anyway) involves Jerome Corsi’s The Obama Nation. Corsi has been given the full New Yorker treatment, with the campaign hoping to avoid John Kerry’s “error” in not challenging Corsi’s 2004 book, Unfit for Command. What Obama missed was the fact that Kerry’s major problem was not with Corsi but with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who were disgusted with Kerry’s hypocrisy in running as an experienced military veteran, and set out to take him down. Corsi’s effort dovetailed with the veteran’s campaign and to a large extent was swept up with it. No such campaign is in operation against Obama. The smart method of answering Corsi would have been to allow the media to handle it, instead of drawing attention to the book and raising it to level of an issue. This appears to be a real talent for the Obama campaign.

    We could go on. The victory tour of Europe, and the speech in which Obama declared himself “citizen of the world”, a trope guaranteed to focus the attention of Middle America. His inept handling of Hillary, in which he wound up appearing frightened of the opponent he’d just beaten. Allowing Hillary (and her husband there, what’s-his-name) a starring role in the Democratic convention is not a solution any sane individual would be comfortable with — much less a roll-call vote. This threatens the near-certainty of turning the entire affair into BillandHillarycon, with the nominee winding up as a footnote. But it’s all of a piece with the campaign Obama has waged up until now.

    We’ve never had a flake as president. We’ve had drunks, neurotics, cripples, louts, and fools, but never a career screwup. (I except Jimmy Carter, whose errors arose from sincere, misguided goodwill.) And I don’t think we’re going to get one now. Another three months of flailing, incompetence, and a collapsing image will do little to assure voters concerned with terrorism, the oil crunch, a gyrating economy, and a bellicose Russia. (Anyone doubting that Obama will go exactly this route can consider the Saddleback church fiasco, which unfolded as this piece was being wrapped up. Evidently, the campaign goaded NBC news personality Andrea Mitchell into all but accusing John McCain of “cheating” by failing to take his place within the “cone of silence” during Obama’s part of the program. The grotesque element here is that Obama’s people and much of the liberal commentariat — including Mitchell — apparently believe that the “cone of silence”, a gag prop for the old Get Smart! comedy series, actually exists and was in use at Saddleback.)

    Many of us have dealt with flakes at one time or another, often in settings involving jobs and careers, and not uncommonly in positions of some authority. We all know of the nephew, the fiancé, the boyfriend, whose whims must be catered to, whose reputation must be protected, who must be constantly worked around if anything at all is to be accomplished, always at the cost of time, money, efficiency, and personal stress.

    J.R. Dunn is consulting editor of American Thinker. ————————————–

  62. rgb44hrc

    I agree totally

    1) He did not win the primary she did, and he was not the one that succeeded in a very hostile enviroment, she did. She even won the exit polls in the GE.

    2) There has been no evidence that he is smart. He seems to stick his foot in his mouth a lot, especially if there is not a script before him.

    HE WAS IN THE GE BECAUSE HE CHEATED, AND DID NOT EVEN WIN THAT ON THE EXIT POLLS. So if you have to cheat to win, does that mean you have an excellent staff, and are smart.

    IT MEANS YOU CAN NOT MAKE IT THE LEGAL WAY

  63. NMF

    Thank you for saying that Hillary won the primaries…I have said that three times since June 10 and have been jumped every time- The last time was just a week or so ago.

    Next time it happens, I will remember your outspokeness.

  64. Paula,

    I agree. I think she will be an outstanding SOS too! 🙂

    ————————

    wbboei,

    The fact that Cafferty et al still have jobs just makes me roll my eyes. 😉

  65. I think Hillary will be an oustanding SoS no matter why or how she was picked.
    ————————————–
    Paula . . . . . I concur wholeheartedly.

    If he had reached the decision through a rational process and simply hired the best qualified it would have been her. So we end up in the same place regardless of how we get there.

    I chose to illuminate this particular example however for two reasons:

    first, the media in this country gives us such a skewed view of what really happens, that it is hard to know the truth. Thus, we all spend too much time arguing about what is often opinion, and sometimes an outright lie

    second, the most important question we can ask about any organization is what is the process by which they reach decisions. This is a good predictor of success or failure over the long term. If you have experienced people with practical wisdom who rely on solid evidence that is best. Management by banana peel is less effective.

  66. JanH

    for you, the recipe for eye roll;

    after at least 4 empty spaces, type 🙄

    and you will end up with an eye roll 🙄

  67. “If he had reached the decision through a rational process and simply hired the best qualified it would have been her. So we end up in the same place regardless of how we get there.”

    Exactly!

  68. Got the Oblahblah blues? Unfunk yourself. Check out your favorite band(s) at:

    tela.sugarmegs.org

    you can download freebie (non-lawsuit-able) live shows. At the bottom is the alphabetical list.

    For the Grateful Dead, they are under “g”, “gd”. Man, I’m listening to a soundboard March 1967 show.

    If that’s not your taste, pick your own group.

    We can still have time to detest Obama and fight him every step of the way. this is just one way to re-energize.

    Woooooo—- hooooooo!

  69. JanH

    type a colon, then the word “roll”, then another colon. Leave no spaces in those six characters.

    But do leave a few spaces before the first colon. Good Luck 🙄

  70. From a man’s point of view – A View From the Right
    By Bill Arthur

    A week before the election, a local yokel informed me that in his opinion Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska was an uneducated bimbo. This seemed to me to be an uneducated, sexist remark to me.

    Generally speaking, men were never as harsh to the female candidate Palin, as were the members of her own sex.

    Obviously some men of both political persuasions felt their masculinity threatened by an intelligent woman who could manage the roles of wife, mother, sibling and daughter, while serving in public office. The character sniping and intelligence slighting from these weak-kneed individuals began almost immediately; those from her own sex followed quickly.

    While African-Americans overwhelmingly supported Obama (95 percent), who was making history as the first African-American with an opportunity to become President, women ran from their second opportunity to elect a fellow woman to the Vice-Presidency.

    I guess that is what is so confusing to me; Palin, with the support of her family, rose from being mayor of a small town to winning the Governorship of Alaska, not unlike the much-heralded success story of Obama. She seemed to me to be the poster child of what a determined woman could accomplish.,?b>

    Many women in history have been extremely influential in a world dominated by men, including Benazzir Bhutto of Pakistan, Golda Meir of Israel, Indira Gandhi of India, Margaret Thatcher of England along with numerous queens and dowagers from ancient times. Some raised families and had husbands in the shadows of their notoriety.

    Palin is certainly not as vacuous as portrayed in a partisan manner by Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live. Her portrayal as a mother so wrapped up in her own career that she didn’t understand the reasons for her daughter’s pregnancy, is an insult to all working mothers who face similar crises. Young unmarried girls came to be with child even in the days when 90 percent of Americans were on the farm, and mom was watching at all times.

    What will it take for women to accept one of their own? Will she have to be a sterile “mother of the nation” figure like Oprah Winfrey, a harpy, like the women of the View, a confirmed lesbian like the inflammatory Rosie O’Donnell, a woman who rode in on her husband’s coat-tails like Hillary Clinton, or a not-so-attractive figure such as Janet Reno? Why is a happily married mother of five, and politician with an eighty percent approval rating, immediately disqualified?

    On the eve of the election, Palin was found to be not guilty of an abuse of power by firing a non-elected member of government, which any moron could see was subject to her discretion. It is amazing that it took so long! Then there was the subject of the clothing forced on Sarah and her family by the Republican National Committee, some of which she by her own admission found unusable, while some items were never unwrapped. Has everyone forgotten how she kicked Joe Biden’s behind in the debate?

    The Republican Party is now trying to blame her for the loss of the election, and it took John McCain way too long to give her his limp-wristed support.

    Sarah will be back in 2012, but if she wants to emulate the Obama success, she should start her campaign for the U.S. Presidency in 2010. Women will need to ask themselves what it is going to take to inspire them to seize the opportunity to elect one of their own, or are they resigned to allow another woman to be dismissed as an uneducated bimbo.

    http://www.citizen-observer.com/articles/2008/12/03/opinion/opinion47.txt

  71. Coincidence???

    SOS???

    I got an email from “Hillary”. Okay, it’s not a personal one. “Hey, let’s meet for drinks, Bill is driving me nucking futs — Hill”.

    But it mentions a cause dear to her, and yet, there is “SOS”.

    God Bless this woman.

    &&&&&&&&&&&

    You are receiving this message as a special member of Hillary’s online community. Please take a look at SOS Children’s Villages and all the great work they do to help children across the world. Read the message below about their important cause from SOS’s Executive Director Heather Paul.

    Dear Roger,

    Over a decade ago, Senator Clinton wrote a wonderful book that reminded us that it really does “take a village” to raise a child. SOS Children’s Villages has brought this African proverb to life over the past 60 years.

    SOS mothers have raised more than 100,000 orphans in its 475 villages in 132 countries including the US. Through a family-based model of care, we give a child who has lost everything, a mother, a family, and a future.

    SOS Children’s Villages has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 14 times and counts the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela as major supporters. To learn more, watch this short video about the work done by SOS.

    Click here to watch
    Watch the video.

    Senator Clinton’s plea for understanding that we live in a global village has never been more true. We all know that HIV/AIDS, civil war, and natural disasters leave millions of children without parents and without hope. SOS Children’s Villages are filled with loving SOS mothers, schools, medical facilities, and social centers that give back this hope to orphans and local communities.

    I could tell you countless stories about the children who are saved by SOS. At age 4, John from Entebbe, Uganda was fending for himself after his mother died, with a father who occasionally appeared, seemingly waiting for the very sick boy to die as well. John was rescued and brought to an SOS village where “Mama Nita” loved him, nourished him, and gave him a reason to speak and smile again. John’s journey from despair and abandonment to a loving family is one taken every day in an SOS Village.

    Come on that journey with us by watching a video about SOS, and see for yourself how SOS Children’s Villages is saving lives and making the world a better place, one child, and one village at a time.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton once said, “How we care for our own and other people’s children isn’t only a question of morality; our self interest is at stake, too.”

    Thank you for your interest in SOS Children’s Villages,
    Heather
    Heather Paul, PhD
    Executive Director
    SOS Children’s Villages – USA

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  72. Another email, this from Newsmax, the folks with the funny poll questions:

    Fruit: Good or Bad?

    But they let it rip on Obama regarding GA Senate race:

    The Media Won’t Tell You This:
    Obama Lost Big Time in Georgia

    Dear Newsmax Reader:

    Republican Saxby Chambliss won an incredible victory in Georgia, beating Barack Obama’s candidate 57 to 43 percent.

    This was nothing short of a landslide.

    The results are a terrible disaster for Barack Obama.

    The media won’t tell you this, but I will.

    Remember, Obama lost Georgia to McCain by a margin of 52 to 47 percent just a month ago.

    And in the November Senate race Chambliss just barely nosed ahead of Democrat Martin, forcing the special run-off election.

    Almost a month after Barack Obama’s presidential win and the media’s “honeymoon” with him, Georgia voters decisively rejected Obama at the polls yesterday.

    The media won’t admit this in any coverage today, but the Georgia election was simply a referendum on Barack Obama.

    We at the National Republican Trust spent over $1.2 million to defeat Obama in Georgia — thanks to donors like yourself.

    In our TV ads, we made it crystal clear — a vote for the Democrat would give Barack Obama a filibuster-proof Senate.

    Obama would be able to pass his radical agenda of more taxes, left-wing judges — even citizenship for 12 million illegals.

    This was the only issue for Georgia: should Barack Obama be given a blank check.

    Georgia voters voted overwhelmingly “NO” to Obama.

    Consider Chambliss’ victory Tuesday was almost three times McCain’s victory over Obama on election day.

    Despite the media’s love affair with Obama, the American people are simply not buying it.

    Despite Obama’s radio ads backing Democrat Martin, millions in Democratic money and thousands of Obama volunteers in the state, Georgia still said “NO” to Obama.

    Since Obama was elected, he has already proposed the largest federal public works program in history — a $700 billion program to put 2.5 million people basically on the public’s payroll. This means you the taxpayer will have to pay for all these new workers!

    Obama promised a socialist agenda. He is now delivering one.

    We at the National Republican Trust fought during the presidential election campaign to expose Obama.

    We lost, but with our small budget of just $10 million we had an incredible effect.

    Tennessee’s Chattanooga Times Free Press described our role in the presidential election this way:

    “On Election Day, virtually every undecided voter went to McCain, and Obama’s final vote share was no more and no less than the 52 to 53 percent the surveys had predicted. This unanimity among undecided voters is attributable to the end game of such groups such as GOPtrust.com (the National Republican Trust) . . . ”

    Indeed, we know our strategy had an effect.

    And it certainly worked in Georgia Tuesday.

    Obama Still Must Be Stopped

    We need to prepare for many battles ahead.

    Barack Obama has the almost total support of the media.

    He has large majorities in the House and Senate.

    He even has some liberal Republicans who have signalled they may join with him and Pelosi in pushing through liberal legislation.

    I hope you can join with us in fighting Obama, Pelosi and these forces for liberalism in Washington.

    The stronger we are, the more we can do to stop Obama.

    We need your help to do.

    You can donate to us today — Go Here Now

    You may feel tired after a long election period.

    I can assure you that Obama and his allies don’t feel tired. They are anxious to ram through Congress their radical agenda.

    We need to raise more money. Here’s why. The larger our war chest the more worried Congressional Democrats and Republicans will be about us.

    We will make it crystal clear to our Congressman and Senators that we at the National Republican Trust will target them for defeat if they sign on to radical legislation.

    The more you can help us today will make our job that much easier tomorrow.

    You can still make a difference — Go Here Now

    Thank you for all of your support in these challenging times.

    We won’t let you down!

    Yours for America,

    Scott Wheeler
    Executive Director

    P.S. It was the National Republican Trust that Michael Reagan used to make his endorsement to put the full “Reagan legacy” behind Saxby Chambliss. We at the National Republican Trust are the guardians of the Reagan legacy in Washington. Become a guardian of that legacy with us today — Go Here Now

  73. wbboei Says:
    December 3rd, 2008 at 9:02 pm
    Occam’s Razor
    ————————————-
    Occam never met Axelrod
    ============

    :-}

  74. Hi guys, I was invited to write on NQ and I have a brief post up this evening (didn’t want to advertise it at first, but now I am). It is about Indian Muslims reaction to Mumbai.

  75. Ah, that’s better. Haven’t even been able to even (access & ) read the past few days. Hate when that happens…..

    [Admin, if it helps, Firefox is coming up blank but Explorer is calling up the pages no problem, at least so far].

    So BO backed off his “tax windfall profits for Oil companies” stance.

    Anyone counting the backpedals so far?

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  77. wbboei

    from your keyboard yesterday:

    The other minor thing is she did not have the votes to win.

    That is my honest assessment
    ———————————–
    She almost did, my friend. She almost had it.

    In spite of all the cheating, she went to the convention with almost as many elected delegates, and more of the popular vote, than Obama did.

    Many of her original superdelegates were willing to vote for her on the first go around, and said so in public.

    What was about to happen became clear to the DNC poohbahs with only hours to go before the first roll call:

    She was not going to win the first roll call, but the very large sized vote for her would have

    1) been an enduring embarassment for Barack Obama, and, 2) an equally embarassing piece of public theater for the DNC, to be replayed over and over and over.

    For the DNC, there was only one choice: pull out the threats, the blackmail, and the knives.

    The neo lib, Clinton-hating sobs did just that, and we all saw the throw-in of the towels: the Arkansas shock and the finale…the dramatic just-in-time pledge of New York’s votes to Barack Obama, with the deed done by Hillary.

    She paid so we, and her country, would not have to.

    And as you well know,that is my honest assessment.

  78. Emjay, thanks for the real portral of what went on at the Convention. People don’t know this, and don’t want to know this. The media of course did not tell us what really happen.

    Some suspect, but are not sure how to proceed. They are young, and think we must just accept this. just as she did not lose, the convention was a bloody bullying mess. There was not one thing Democractic about it.

    As I said before, he cheated, as that was how he won elections before, that is how the Chicago Hood, wins election.

  79. We can discuss this over and over again. She did not lose the primary, she did go to the convention in a strong position, they stole the convention from her. She did have a good organziation, and she should be President ELECT right now.

    SHE DID NOT LOSE. We are doing what everyone does when they have not achieve their goal. We are tearing her and her organization apart, so we don’t have to face the reality of the fact that this was not only wrong but a fraud to our Democracy.

    Because if we face that, then we might have to take a course of action that is hard for us.

    It is kind of like, you have to face that your significant other has cheated on you, and you start tearing yourself apart to justify it. In the end, if you have to face this, you might have to leave them.

    HRC DID NOT LOSE, HE TOOK THE ELECTION FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

  80. pm317,
    KUDOS!!!
    I will stop by later to read your post. 😀
    Wbboei,
    I confess I’m always cutting and pasting your vivid comments, like this one:
    Management by banana peel is less effective. 😉
    and this one; Cafferty is a human hemorrhoid! ROTF!
    Emjay, I have known since June that HRC won the primaries by about a quarter million votes. What’s more, the final delegate count BEFORE the sham roll call showed she tailed BO by just 17 pledged delegates! (See greepapers)
    and this one
    n

  81. NMF,
    ‘It is kind of like, you have to face that your significant other has cheated on you, and you start tearing yourself apart to justify it. In the end, if you have to face this, you might have to leave them.’
    I respectfully disagree.
    The main fault I find with HRC is that she simply wasn’t prepared for anything and everything. If this were her first foray into public life, i wouldn’t feel this way but she is a veteran of press hostility, political-in-fighting, and, unfortunately, misogyny. I don’t know how much trust she placed in her staff and how much of a hands off approach she had with them but the point is is wasn’t enough. That is the ONLY thing that troubles me and I think it cost her the election. Once she brought Maggie Smith on board and got rid of Penn and Solis she was SMOKING HOT buy by that time it was too late. I believe if she had had a better showing in the caucuses, even if it was winning only a couple of states, she would now be CIC. And, IMHO, I am someone who tries to learn from mistakes and I have a sense HRC is the same. If you don’t recognize what went wrong, there is no way to fix it. Even if she never runs for prez again, by naming, analyzing and interpreting the election results it might prevent another terrific candidate from missing out in the future. HRC was and will always be my first choice for prez.

  82. LAST UPDATED: December 3, 2008 3:18 PM EST
    NEW YORK, New York —
    Ms. Winfrey is going to Washington.

    The media mogul (and staunch Barack Obama supporter) will be hosting “The Oprah Winfrey Show” from Washington, D.C. during the week of the presidential inauguration, she revealed to Access Hollywood exclusively at an Essence Magazine event in New York on Tuesday night.

    “I’m going to break that right here; that’s where I’m going to be,” Oprah told Access. “See you there . . . that’s the place to be.”

    She also confirmed to Access that she has rented out the Opera House at the Kennedy Center to film the show.

    Oprah has been one of the president-elect’s foremost backers, campaigning for him in the early days of his campaign and famously crying on a stranger’s shoulder at his acceptance speech in Chicago on Election Night.

    “There are not even words to talk about what this night means,” Oprah told Access’ Maria Menounos that evening. “Everybody keeps using the word historic — there’s never been a night like this on the planet earth… Nothing can compare to this.”

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/access-exclusive-oprah-going-to-Washington-for-inauguration_article_12451

    —————————-
    There are just no words…sigh. :;

  83. ‘Matthews advised to quit MSNBC’

    HAL_LE_LU_JA!!!!!!

    Now can we get Ogremann, Cadaverdy, Shyster and crew to follow suit?????

    Yeah, I read about Obrama – disgusting, isn’t it.

    Well, i won’t be watchng.

  84. Jeb Bush Ponders Florida Senate Run
    02 Dec 2008 07:15 pm

    Two sources close to Jeb Bush, including one who has spoken to the former Florida governor within the past few hours, say he is seriously considering a run for Senate now that incumbent Republican Mel Martinez has retired.

    “He is receiving a lot of encouragement from both in and out of the state,” an longtime Bush adviser said tonight. “He is going to take his time and approach this very methodically.” Bush will weigh, according to this adviser, how a run would impact his family, his business, and whether the Senate would be the best platform for the causes he’d advocate — education, immigration, GOP solutions to health care and energy.

    Bush did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

    If he decides to run, Republicans expect the field to clear for him. Maybe. Gov. Charlie Crist, with whom Bush has not had the warmest of relations, is said to be interested in moving to the Senate. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is weighing a bid, as is former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, Orange County executive Richard Crotty, and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack.

    Bush, in an interview with Newsmax this week, said that the GOP risked becoming “the old white-guy party” and that it ought to modulate the way it handles the immigration issue. Bush, who speaks fluent Spanish and won the support of a majority of Hispanic voters during his 2002 re-election bid, favors a comprehensive approach to reform. But Bush said that Republicans can’t give up on conservatism, and, in what might be interpreted as a dig at Florida’s current governor, said that Republicans “can’t be Democrat-lite. We can’t just ‘get along.” The words echo some Republican criticism of Crist, who they view as accodomationist in his politics and unwilling to push for real reforms.

    Alex Sink, Florida’s chief financial officer, has said she’ll run for re-election in 2010 but might change her mind in the wake of Martinez’s announcement.

    marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/12/jeb_bush_ponders_florida_senat.php

  85. basil9

    We are going to have to respectfully agree to disagree about this. O had many miss steps also, and staffers that had to be fired. Hillary was betrayed by many people, some of which were in her original staff, and some part of a political family that she and her husband helped get them where they are today. Judas being among them.

    You have know way of knowing who will betray you. Having briefly been part of the Dem active party, I soon realize people were there for many reason. However, most are there for political gain to get a job or keep it. It is hard to tell who will stand with you when you need them. She had every right to expect many people to stand with her that did not.

    I also don’t see how you can have tight control of a staff with the massive political appearances that they had.

  86. Emjay Says:

    December 4th, 2008 at 12:10 am
    rgb44hrc

    So…..what happened with the colon, sex,colon experiment?
    &&&&&&&&

    Well, it just showed a colon, followed by an s, an e, an x and another colon.

    But when I looked at it just now, that “comment” was removed.

    OUTRAGE.
    CENSORSHIP.

    Okay, maybe it wasn’t all that bad. Admin has to keep out of trouble w/ the FCC.
    :^)

  87. turndownobama-com Says:

    December 4th, 2008 at 1:34 am
    h t t p : / / helpmejoseph.typepad.com/puma_for_life/2008/12/a-separate-reality-msm-creates-alternate-reality-for-obama-voters.html
    &&&&&&&&

    To me, this was interesting enough to print out for you all here (or just go to the link).

    &&&&&&&
    A Separate Reality: MSM Creates Alternate Reality for Obama Voters

    A new poll commissioned by John Ziegler and conducted by Wilson Research Strategies confirms the results of Ziegler’s earlier Zogby commissioned poll: Obama voters live in an alternate reality created and fueled by the mainstream media (MSM).

    Furthermore, all of us folks that the MSM labeled as uneducated, lower class voters, primarily because we supported McCain/Palin (and cling to our guns and Bibles), had a significantly higher percentage of correct answers to the 13 survey questions:

    · Thirty-five percent (35%) of McCain voters got 10 or more of 13 questions correct.

    · Eighteen percent (18%) of Obama voters got 10 or more of 13 questions correct.

    Ziegler explains, “The conclusions that can be drawn from this new poll are multiple and really rather staggering. In general, McCain voters were significantly more well-informed than their counterparts, and there is overwhelming evidence that the gaps in knowledge are directly related to the media sources they were exposed to.”

    Whooeee, tell us something we don’t already know. The smartest, most knowledgeable voters, the ones who took the time to research the fraud, to trace the money, to ask the questions, who saw through the illusion into the heart of darkness would no more vote for Obama than vote for a rattlesnake. We know truth and honesty when we see it and it doesn’t look like a Chicago thug.

    Unlike the Zogby Poll, which only surveyed Obama supporters, the Wilson Research Poll surveyed both McCain and Obama voters. According to Wilson :

    “The survey finds that McCain voters were generally more politically aware of issues and events surrounding the presidential race than voters who supported Barack Obama. The poll also found a direct correlation between media consumption, issue knowledge and voter preference.

    The survey examined not just voter knowledge of campaign issues and themes, but the media sources from which McCain and Obama voters received their political knowledge. This survey, building on data from the initial Zogby study, confirms initial findings and suggests that not only were McCain voters more politically aware, but that their information sources gave them a fundamentally different set of facts about the election.

    “There has been a tremendous amount of punditry and debate about whether or not there was mainstream media and popular culture bias during the presidential election and whether or not that led to an overt polarization of the electorate in 2008 and now it is possible to quantitatively illustrate that not only did both of the above take place, but they likely did so at a disservice to the voters,” said Chris Wilson, CEO of Wilson Research Strategies.

    “This wasn’t just an election in which supporters of the two major party candidates divided on ideological lines or separate goals for the direction of the nation,” said Wilson . “It was also an election where the electorate was literally divided by separate realities of the world around them.”

    The Media and the Voter

    One of the questions respondents were asked was which party controlled both houses of congress before the past election, Republicans or Democrats.

    · McCain voters knew which party controls congress by a 63-27 margin.

    · Obama voters got the “congressional control” question wrong by 43-41.

    · Those that got “congressional control” correct voted 56-43 for McCain.

    · Those that got “congressional control” wrong voted 65-35 for Obama.

    The poll then asked voters to name all the media sources which they used to get news and information about the presidential campaign, with the following results.

    · Those “exposed” to Fox News got “congressional control” correct 64-25 (+39).

    · Those “exposed” to CNN got “congressional control” correct 48-38 (+10).

    · Those “exposed” to Network news got “congressional control” correct 48-39 (+9).

    · Those “exposed” to print media got “congressional control” correct 52-37 (+15).

    · Those “exposed” to MSNBC got “congressional control” correct 55-35 (+20).

    · Those “exposed” to talk radio got “congressional control” correct 61-29 (+32).

    · Voters in the “South” had the best response rate on “congressional control” (+22).

    · Voters in the “Northeast” had the worst response rate on “congressional control” (+9).

    · Those “exposed” to Fox News voted 70-29 for McCain.

    · Those “exposed” to CNN voted 63-37 for Obama.

    · Those “exposed” to MSNBC voted 73-26 for Obama.

    · Those “exposed” to network newscasts voted 62-37 for Obama.

    · Those “exposed” to national newspapers voted 64-36 for Obama.

    · Those “exposed” to talk radio voted 61-38 for McCain.

    Shocking!! As a new convert this is still hard for me to believe, but Fox News and Conservative Talk Radio are fair and balanced. The “fundamentally different set of facts” that Wilson refers to seems to mean that McCain voters got the truth, while Obama voters drank enough MSM created kool-aide to hallucinate a different realty.

    And, just to rub it in even more, those of us who live in the much maligned South beat the pants off all of those Northeast intellectuals. What is going on with the New York Times? Their readers don’t even know who controls congress! But I bet they can recite every nasty word of a Maureen Dowd article.

    Ziegler is working on a documentary on how the news media impacted the 2008 election. Can’t wait to see it. If you want to read more on the survey and watch a video of Ziegler on Fox News check out the following:

  88. YOU MUST BE “THIS TALL” TO GO ON THIS RIDE: “Sorry, Barry, without the birth certificate, you are too short to sit behind the Oval office desk. It could be dangerous to you and to others”.

    &&&
    helpmejoseph.typepad.com/puma_for_life/2008/12/five-birth-certificate-cases-at-scotus-level-updates-on-nj-and-ct-cases.html

    December 02, 2008
    Five Birth Certificate Cases At Scotus Level: Updates on NJ and CT Cases

    There are now five Obama birth certificate cases at the SCOTUS level. And some very strange things are going on.

    In the CT. case, “Cort Wrotnowski, (SCOTUS Docket No. 08A469) a day after facing the shock of his life when told by a SCOTUS clerk that his renewed application toJustice Scalia would be held back for 7 days due to anthrax screening, hand delivered 10 copies of his renewed application to the Security booth at SCOTUS this morning at 10:30 AM. Cort was told by the Clerk’s office that the papers would “probably” be in the Clerk’s office by 2:00 PM. Cort’s application, according to Supreme Court Rule 22.1, should be “transmitted promptly” to the Honorable Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Keep your eyes on that Docket to see if they will follow the Rules of Court.”

    In the NJ case, Donofrio ( SCOTUS Docket No. 08A407, Donofrio v. Wells) reports that in his case:

    “…the docket has been updated to include the letter I sent to all nine Justices which included copies of official Judicial Misconduct allegations against the New Jersey Judge who handled my initial NJ Appellate Division case. This is important because the letter made clear that should the SCOTUS request an official copy of the case file from the lower court, the file on record there is fraudulent.”

  89. This is a long transcript Part 1

    Huckabee on the Chambliss Senate Victory
    Hannity & Colmes

    COLMES: Welcome to HANNITY & COLMES. Getting right to our “Top Story” tonight.

    Conservatives are feeling better today after Saxby Chambliss claimed victory in the Georgia Senate race runoff last night. And guess who the senator is crediting, at least in part, for his victory?

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell me about Sarah Palin. Will her, will her popularity last?

    CHAMBLISS: You know, Brian, I cannot see it diminishing. I — I mean I can’t overstate the impact she had down here. All of these folks did a great job coming in. They all allowed us to add momentum to where we were in the campaign, but when she walks in a room, folks just explode, and they really did pack the house.

    Everywhere we went she’s a — she’s a dynamic lady, a great administrator, and I think she’s got a great future in the Republican Party.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    COLMES: Hey, where’s the thanks to Hannity?

    SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: Why do I get this?

    COLMES: I mean, where are you in that thing? Anyway, that’s right.

    HANNITY: I like Saxby. He’s a good man.

    COLMES: By campaigning for Chambliss on Monday, the sometimes maligned Sarah Palin may have played a big role in preventing Democrats from reaching 60 votes in the United States Senate.

    Does this mean big things for her future?

    Joining us tonight, former presidential candidate, host of his very own show right here on FOX News Channel, it is called “Huckabee.” It’s a good name. Mike Huckabee.

    Hello, Governor.

    MIKE HUCKABEE, “DO THE RIGHT THING” AUTHOR: What an original title, huh, Alan?

    COLMES: I like that very much.

    All right. So, is this a signal of a reemergence and perhaps a resurgence of Sarah Palin and what she portends for the future of the Republican Party.

    HUCKABEE: Well, I do not think it’s a resurgence. I think it’s a continuation of the popularity she’s enjoying with in the Republican family. People like her. They relate to her. She has energized the base and she definitely has a very important role to play in the future of the party.

    COLMES: Is she going to be battling you in a few years?

    HUCKABEE: I’m not out there. I’ve got a show on FOX, you just mentioned it.

    (LAUGHTER)

    COLMES: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: And I’ve got a book tour going on and a lot of other stuff. I ain’t got time to worry about that right now, Alan.

    COLMES: This is a.

    HANNITY: And a radio gig, he’s got.

    COLMES: Wait a minute.

    HUCKABEE: That’s right, starting in January.

    COLMES: We don’t need all this competition. We don’t know — all right, look. This was — it turned out half of what it was in the general election. And, you know, obviously, we had a different dynamic. We had three candidates. That didn’t happen this time.

    If there were a bigger turnout, the conventional wisdom is Chambliss would not have done as well. Is that, you know, less turnout, Republicans win, less turnout, Chambliss wins? More people votes, he does not do as well?

    HUCKABEE: Look, here’s what I know. Barack Obama put his team down there. They did everything they could to run the same ground game they had run for president. And it just came up short.

    I think it’s indicative that the Republican Party is far from dead. As you know, I’ve got a book out that talks about how do we get our groove back and quite frankly, I think you’re seeing it. Saxby Chambliss ran as a clear, unapologetic conservative, and he won.

    When Republicans stick to our stuff, we win. It’s when we ran to the mushy middle, that’s when we lose.

    COLMES: You say the mushy middle, of course, it is Georgia. A very red state so will that make — what works in Georgia may not work countrywide, right?

    HUCKABEE: Well, look at the marriage issue. 30 states, it’s been on the ballot. 30 states, it’s won. That’s a pretty clear issue when it comes to traditional responsibility of marriage.

    And I think you’re going to see that as Republicans continually take strong stands, they have a far better chance of winning. This is going all the way back to 1976. It’s when we try to act like that we don’t really want to believe anything or let it on that we really hold the same convictions, that’s when we get our heads handed to us.

    COLMES: By the way.

    HUCKABEE: When Republicans advertise something and deliver something different, people look for a different product on the shelf the next time they go to vote.

    COLMES: One of the things Chambliss said is he thinks he’s going to give us an opportunity now to go out and — to some of our moderates who have not always voted with conservatives, he said, and say look, you know, this is the opportunity. We have to define our party. He wants to go away from the moderates and defines a more conservative Republican Party.

    You agree with that?

    HUCKABEE: Absolutely. Look, Republicans are pro-life. They believe in traditional marriage. They believe in lower taxes, responsible government. They believe in balancing budgets.

    It’s when Republicans didn’t balance the budget, police corruption, when we were squishy on things like life, that’s when we lost elections.

    HANNITY: Hey, Governor.

    HUCKABEE: When we take strong stands, I think we win.

    HANNITY: I agree wholeheartedly. National defense, energy independence, fiscal responsibility, border security, that’s the Republican message for victory. It’s the conservative message.

    I think one of the most telling things — we brought this up last night. I think the fact that Barack Obama wouldn’t put out any political capital to help get this filibuster-proof Senate is amazing to me. Why wouldn’t he have tried a little bit? He set his team there, but he clearly did not want to lose, and he clearly does not have the coattails with a massive victory here for Saxby.

    HUCKABEE: You can clearly know that they were polling and they knew where the numbers where and it wasn’t going to turn out well. I don’t think Barack Obama was going to risk going to Georgia and making it look like that he couldn’t deliver.

    And frankly, he’s got a good excuse. He does have plenty to do in preparation for taking office in January. So it’s a lot better for him to stay in Chicago, meet with governors in Philadelphia, do things that show that he’s actively preparing to take the White House. And I think he knew Jim Martin wasn’t going to beat Saxby Chambliss in Georgia.

    HANNITY: Let me ask you, because the biggest issue now for most people is the economy, Governor, and I am concerned about these bailouts. We’ve got — we now have governors. They want a hundred billion dollars.

    HUCKABEE: Right.

    HANNITY: We’ve got a stimulus package, another $700 billion. We’ve got $700 billion going to banks and insurance companies and financial institutions. There are a lot of bailout fever going on here.

    To what extent, do you think, the government should have any role in helping the economy rebound and what should the role be?

    HUCKABEE: Well, Sean, I’ve been consistent from the day that it first got talked about, having bailouts. We shouldn’t be in that business. It is not the government’s responsibility to take money from a certain group of taxpayers and then decide which businesses in the free market system live and which ones die.

    HANNITY: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: Look, it’s a sad thing when any company goes down, but the fact is, who’s going to bail out a newspaper that’s going under? Who’s going to bail out a small-business owner?

    There are a lot of businesses.

    HANNITY: All right.

    HUCKABEE: . that either are mismanaged or the market changes.

    HANNITY: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: And they don’t make it.

    HANNITY: All right. Let me ask the question in this topic. I am more sympathetic to the automotive industry, and I know the polls show that most Americans are not, and I’ll tell you why I am and I want to get your thoughts on this.

    Because a lot of the promise — for example, the subprime mortgage crisis, where Fannie and Freddie bought up these bad loans, was caused because government forced banks to make risky loans. OK.

    Now we have bad trade policy, that impacts the auto industry. We have bad energy policy. That’s impacted the oil industry. We have unions and the unholy relationship with Democrats. That impacts the oil industry. CAFE standards, economy standards, safety standards, you know, these new mandates in Florida today.

    They’ve caused a lot of the problem that our big three have. I’m a little more sympathetic to their desire for a loan. Am I wrong?

    HUCKABEE: Well, I can understand the sympathy, but it still goes to the president. Is it the responsibility of the taxpayers to fix this by indebting our children and grandchildren.

    And Sean, what I worry about the more .

    HANNITY: It’s a loan.

    HUCKABEE: .. than the immediate is the long-term consequence of this incredible debt we’ll never get out of.

    HANNITY: I agree. But I guess my question is, if they are going to cause all these mandates and force these companies to adopt things that they cannot afford, when does the government gets some blame for causing all of this?

    HUCKABEE: I got a better idea. Throw those members of Congress out, get some members of Congress.

    HANNITY: Yes, I agree with that.

    HUCKABEE: . that will implement the fair tax and change the structure of our economy.

    HANNITY: I agree.

    HUCKABEE: That’s how we’re going to fix it.

    HANNITY: I agree with that. But now, one other thing, when we come back, I want to talk about the double standard as relates to Nancy Pelosi’s plane, the spending if government — if we ever had an analysis where anger of government like we do the private sector, it’d be an entirely different world.

    We’ll come back with Mike Huckabee.

    Also, who’s going to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat? One Illinois congressman has some recommendations for a replacement. We’re going to tell you about his controversial idea.

    More with Mike Huckabee on why race has just reentered politics, and best-selling author, Pastor Rick Warren, in studio defines the real purpose behind Christmas. And we’ll also ask him about the new president, what he expects come Inauguration Day.

    Straight ahead.

    ANNOUNCER: HANNITY & COLMES is brought to you by

    Huckabee on the Chambliss Senate Victory
    Hannity & Colmes

    COLMES: Welcome to HANNITY & COLMES. Getting right to our “Top Story” tonight.

    Conservatives are feeling better today after Saxby Chambliss claimed victory in the Georgia Senate race runoff last night. And guess who the senator is crediting, at least in part, for his victory?

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell me about Sarah Palin. Will her, will her popularity last?

    CHAMBLISS: You know, Brian, I cannot see it diminishing. I — I mean I can’t overstate the impact she had down here. All of these folks did a great job coming in. They all allowed us to add momentum to where we were in the campaign, but when she walks in a room, folks just explode, and they really did pack the house.

    Everywhere we went she’s a — she’s a dynamic lady, a great administrator, and I think she’s got a great future in the Republican Party.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    COLMES: Hey, where’s the thanks to Hannity?

    SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: Why do I get this?

    COLMES: I mean, where are you in that thing? Anyway, that’s right.

    HANNITY: I like Saxby. He’s a good man.

    COLMES: By campaigning for Chambliss on Monday, the sometimes maligned Sarah Palin may have played a big role in preventing Democrats from reaching 60 votes in the United States Senate.

    Does this mean big things for her future?

    Joining us tonight, former presidential candidate, host of his very own show right here on FOX News Channel, it is called “Huckabee.” It’s a good name. Mike Huckabee.

    Hello, Governor.

    MIKE HUCKABEE, “DO THE RIGHT THING” AUTHOR: What an original title, huh, Alan?

    COLMES: I like that very much.

    All right. So, is this a signal of a reemergence and perhaps a resurgence of Sarah Palin and what she portends for the future of the Republican Party.

    HUCKABEE: Well, I do not think it’s a resurgence. I think it’s a continuation of the popularity she’s enjoying with in the Republican family. People like her. They relate to her. She has energized the base and she definitely has a very important role to play in the future of the party.

    COLMES: Is she going to be battling you in a few years?

    HUCKABEE: I’m not out there. I’ve got a show on FOX, you just mentioned it.

    (LAUGHTER)

    COLMES: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: And I’ve got a book tour going on and a lot of other stuff. I ain’t got time to worry about that right now, Alan.

    COLMES: This is a.

    HANNITY: And a radio gig, he’s got.

    COLMES: Wait a minute.

    HUCKABEE: That’s right, starting in January.

    COLMES: We don’t need all this competition. We don’t know — all right, look. This was — it turned out half of what it was in the general election. And, you know, obviously, we had a different dynamic. We had three candidates. That didn’t happen this time.

    If there were a bigger turnout, the conventional wisdom is Chambliss would not have done as well. Is that, you know, less turnout, Republicans win, less turnout, Chambliss wins? More people votes, he does not do as well?

    HUCKABEE: Look, here’s what I know. Barack Obama put his team down there. They did everything they could to run the same ground game they had run for president. And it just came up short.

    I think it’s indicative that the Republican Party is far from dead. As you know, I’ve got a book out that talks about how do we get our groove back and quite frankly, I think you’re seeing it. Saxby Chambliss ran as a clear, unapologetic conservative, and he won.

    When Republicans stick to our stuff, we win. It’s when we ran to the mushy middle, that’s when we lose.

    COLMES: You say the mushy middle, of course, it is Georgia. A very red state so will that make — what works in Georgia may not work countrywide, right?

    HUCKABEE: Well, look at the marriage issue. 30 states, it’s been on the ballot. 30 states, it’s won. That’s a pretty clear issue when it comes to traditional responsibility of marriage.

    And I think you’re going to see that as Republicans continually take strong stands, they have a far better chance of winning. This is going all the way back to 1976. It’s when we try to act like that we don’t really want to believe anything or let it on that we really hold the same convictions, that’s when we get our heads handed to us.

    COLMES: By the way.

    HUCKABEE: When Republicans advertise something and deliver something different, people look for a different product on the shelf the next time they go to vote.

    COLMES: One of the things Chambliss said is he thinks he’s going to give us an opportunity now to go out and — to some of our moderates who have not always voted with conservatives, he said, and say look, you know, this is the opportunity. We have to define our party. He wants to go away from the moderates and defines a more conservative Republican Party.

    You agree with that?

    HUCKABEE: Absolutely. Look, Republicans are pro-life. They believe in traditional marriage. They believe in lower taxes, responsible government. They believe in balancing budgets.

    It’s when Republicans didn’t balance the budget, police corruption, when we were squishy on things like life, that’s when we lost elections.

    HANNITY: Hey, Governor.

    HUCKABEE: When we take strong stands, I think we win.

    HANNITY: I agree wholeheartedly. National defense, energy independence, fiscal responsibility, border security, that’s the Republican message for victory. It’s the conservative message.

    I think one of the most telling things — we brought this up last night. I think the fact that Barack Obama wouldn’t put out any political capital to help get this filibuster-proof Senate is amazing to me. Why wouldn’t he have tried a little bit? He set his team there, but he clearly did not want to lose, and he clearly does not have the coattails with a massive victory here for Saxby.

    HUCKABEE: You can clearly know that they were polling and they knew where the numbers where and it wasn’t going to turn out well. I don’t think Barack Obama was going to risk going to Georgia and making it look like that he couldn’t deliver.

    And frankly, he’s got a good excuse. He does have plenty to do in preparation for taking office in January. So it’s a lot better for him to stay in Chicago, meet with governors in Philadelphia, do things that show that he’s actively preparing to take the White House. And I think he knew Jim Martin wasn’t going to beat Saxby Chambliss in Georgia.

    HANNITY: Let me ask you, because the biggest issue now for most people is the economy, Governor, and I am concerned about these bailouts. We’ve got — we now have governors. They want a hundred billion dollars.

    HUCKABEE: Right.

    HANNITY: We’ve got a stimulus package, another $700 billion. We’ve got $700 billion going to banks and insurance companies and financial institutions. There are a lot of bailout fever going on here.

    To what extent, do you think, the government should have any role in helping the economy rebound and what should the role be?

    HUCKABEE: Well, Sean, I’ve been consistent from the day that it first got talked about, having bailouts. We shouldn’t be in that business. It is not the government’s responsibility to take money from a certain group of taxpayers and then decide which businesses in the free market system live and which ones die.

    HANNITY: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: Look, it’s a sad thing when any company goes down, but the fact is, who’s going to bail out a newspaper that’s going under? Who’s going to bail out a small-business owner?

    There are a lot of businesses.

    HANNITY: All right.

    HUCKABEE: . that either are mismanaged or the market changes.

    HANNITY: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: And they don’t make it.

    HANNITY: All right. Let me ask the question in this topic. I am more sympathetic to the automotive industry, and I know the polls show that most Americans are not, and I’ll tell you why I am and I want to get your thoughts on this.

    Because a lot of the promise — for example, the subprime mortgage crisis, where Fannie and Freddie bought up these bad loans, was caused because government forced banks to make risky loans. OK.

    Now we have bad trade policy, that impacts the auto industry. We have bad energy policy. That’s impacted the oil industry. We have unions and the unholy relationship with Democrats. That impacts the oil industry. CAFE standards, economy standards, safety standards, you know, these new mandates in Florida today.

    They’ve caused a lot of the problem that our big three have. I’m a little more sympathetic to their desire for a loan. Am I wrong?

    HUCKABEE: Well, I can understand the sympathy, but it still goes to the president. Is it the responsibility of the taxpayers to fix this by indebting our children and grandchildren.

    And Sean, what I worry about the more .

    HANNITY: It’s a loan.

    HUCKABEE: .. than the immediate is the long-term consequence of this incredible debt we’ll never get out of.

    HANNITY: I agree. But I guess my question is, if they are going to cause all these mandates and force these companies to adopt things that they cannot afford, when does the government gets some blame for causing all of this?

    HUCKABEE: I got a better idea. Throw those members of Congress out, get some members of Congress.

    HANNITY: Yes, I agree with that.

    HUCKABEE: . that will implement the fair tax and change the structure of our economy.

    HANNITY: I agree.

    HUCKABEE: That’s how we’re going to fix it.

    HANNITY: I agree with that. But now, one other thing, when we come back, I want to talk about the double standard as relates to Nancy Pelosi’s plane, the spending if government — if we ever had an analysis where anger of government like we do the private sector, it’d be an entirely different world.

    We’ll come back with Mike Huckabee.

    Also, who’s going to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat? One Illinois congressman has some recommendations for a replacement. We’re going to tell you about his controversial idea.

    More with Mike Huckabee on why race has just reentered politics, and best-selling author, Pastor Rick Warren, in studio defines the real purpose behind Christmas. And we’ll also ask him about the new president, what he expects come Inauguration Day.

    Straight ahead.

    ANNOUNCER: HANNITY & COLMES is brought to you by
    Huckabee on the Chambliss Senate Victory
    Hannity & Colmes

    COLMES: Welcome to HANNITY & COLMES. Getting right to our “Top Story” tonight.

    Conservatives are feeling better today after Saxby Chambliss claimed victory in the Georgia Senate race runoff last night. And guess who the senator is crediting, at least in part, for his victory?

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell me about Sarah Palin. Will her, will her popularity last?

    CHAMBLISS: You know, Brian, I cannot see it diminishing. I — I mean I can’t overstate the impact she had down here. All of these folks did a great job coming in. They all allowed us to add momentum to where we were in the campaign, but when she walks in a room, folks just explode, and they really did pack the house.

    Everywhere we went she’s a — she’s a dynamic lady, a great administrator, and I think she’s got a great future in the Republican Party.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    COLMES: Hey, where’s the thanks to Hannity?

    SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: Why do I get this?

    COLMES: I mean, where are you in that thing? Anyway, that’s right.

    HANNITY: I like Saxby. He’s a good man.

    COLMES: By campaigning for Chambliss on Monday, the sometimes maligned Sarah Palin may have played a big role in preventing Democrats from reaching 60 votes in the United States Senate.

    Does this mean big things for her future?

    Joining us tonight, former presidential candidate, host of his very own show right here on FOX News Channel, it is called “Huckabee.” It’s a good name. Mike Huckabee.

    Hello, Governor.

    MIKE HUCKABEE, “DO THE RIGHT THING” AUTHOR: What an original title, huh, Alan?

    COLMES: I like that very much.

    All right. So, is this a signal of a reemergence and perhaps a resurgence of Sarah Palin and what she portends for the future of the Republican Party.

    HUCKABEE: Well, I do not think it’s a resurgence. I think it’s a continuation of the popularity she’s enjoying with in the Republican family. People like her. They relate to her. She has energized the base and she definitely has a very important role to play in the future of the party.

    COLMES: Is she going to be battling you in a few years?

    HUCKABEE: I’m not out there. I’ve got a show on FOX, you just mentioned it.

    (LAUGHTER)

    COLMES: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: And I’ve got a book tour going on and a lot of other stuff. I ain’t got time to worry about that right now, Alan.

    COLMES: This is a.

    HANNITY: And a radio gig, he’s got.

    COLMES: Wait a minute.

    HUCKABEE: That’s right, starting in January.

    COLMES: We don’t need all this competition. We don’t know — all right, look. This was — it turned out half of what it was in the general election. And, you know, obviously, we had a different dynamic. We had three candidates. That didn’t happen this time.

    If there were a bigger turnout, the conventional wisdom is Chambliss would not have done as well. Is that, you know, less turnout, Republicans win, less turnout, Chambliss wins? More people votes, he does not do as well?

    HUCKABEE: Look, here’s what I know. Barack Obama put his team down there. They did everything they could to run the same ground game they had run for president. And it just came up short.

    I think it’s indicative that the Republican Party is far from dead. As you know, I’ve got a book out that talks about how do we get our groove back and quite frankly, I think you’re seeing it. Saxby Chambliss ran as a clear, unapologetic conservative, and he won.

    When Republicans stick to our stuff, we win. It’s when we ran to the mushy middle, that’s when we lose.

    COLMES: You say the mushy middle, of course, it is Georgia. A very red state so will that make — what works in Georgia may not work countrywide, right?

    HUCKABEE: Well, look at the marriage issue. 30 states, it’s been on the ballot. 30 states, it’s won. That’s a pretty clear issue when it comes to traditional responsibility of marriage.

    And I think you’re going to see that as Republicans continually take strong stands, they have a far better chance of winning. This is going all the way back to 1976. It’s when we try to act like that we don’t really want to believe anything or let it on that we really hold the same convictions, that’s when we get our heads handed to us.

    COLMES: By the way.

    HUCKABEE: When Republicans advertise something and deliver something different, people look for a different product on the shelf the next time they go to vote.

    COLMES: One of the things Chambliss said is he thinks he’s going to give us an opportunity now to go out and — to some of our moderates who have not always voted with conservatives, he said, and say look, you know, this is the opportunity. We have to define our party. He wants to go away from the moderates and defines a more conservative Republican Party.

    You agree with that?

    HUCKABEE: Absolutely. Look, Republicans are pro-life. They believe in traditional marriage. They believe in lower taxes, responsible government. They believe in balancing budgets.

    It’s when Republicans didn’t balance the budget, police corruption, when we were squishy on things like life, that’s when we lost elections.

    HANNITY: Hey, Governor.

    HUCKABEE: When we take strong stands, I think we win.

    HANNITY: I agree wholeheartedly. National defense, energy independence, fiscal responsibility, border security, that’s the Republican message for victory. It’s the conservative message.

    I think one of the most telling things — we brought this up last night. I think the fact that Barack Obama wouldn’t put out any political capital to help get this filibuster-proof Senate is amazing to me. Why wouldn’t he have tried a little bit? He set his team there, but he clearly did not want to lose, and he clearly does not have the coattails with a massive victory here for Saxby.

    HUCKABEE: You can clearly know that they were polling and they knew where the numbers where and it wasn’t going to turn out well. I don’t think Barack Obama was going to risk going to Georgia and making it look like that he couldn’t deliver.

    And frankly, he’s got a good excuse. He does have plenty to do in preparation for taking office in January. So it’s a lot better for him to stay in Chicago, meet with governors in Philadelphia, do things that show that he’s actively preparing to take the White House. And I think he knew Jim Martin wasn’t going to beat Saxby Chambliss in Georgia.

    HANNITY: Let me ask you, because the biggest issue now for most people is the economy, Governor, and I am concerned about these bailouts. We’ve got — we now have governors. They want a hundred billion dollars.

    HUCKABEE: Right.

    HANNITY: We’ve got a stimulus package, another $700 billion. We’ve got $700 billion going to banks and insurance companies and financial institutions. There are a lot of bailout fever going on here.

    To what extent, do you think, the government should have any role in helping the economy rebound and what should the role be?

    HUCKABEE: Well, Sean, I’ve been consistent from the day that it first got talked about, having bailouts. We shouldn’t be in that business. It is not the government’s responsibility to take money from a certain group of taxpayers and then decide which businesses in the free market system live and which ones die.

    HANNITY: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: Look, it’s a sad thing when any company goes down, but the fact is, who’s going to bail out a newspaper that’s going under? Who’s going to bail out a small-business owner?

    There are a lot of businesses.

    HANNITY: All right.

    HUCKABEE: . that either are mismanaged or the market changes.

    HANNITY: Yes.

    HUCKABEE: And they don’t make it.

    HANNITY: All right. Let me ask the question in this topic. I am more sympathetic to the automotive industry, and I know the polls show that most Americans are not, and I’ll tell you why I am and I want to get your thoughts on this.

    Because a lot of the promise — for example, the subprime mortgage crisis, where Fannie and Freddie bought up these bad loans, was caused because government forced banks to make risky loans. OK.

    Now we have bad trade policy, that impacts the auto industry. We have bad energy policy. That’s impacted the oil industry. We have unions and the unholy relationship with Democrats. That impacts the oil industry. CAFE standards, economy standards, safety standards, you know, these new mandates in Florida today.

    They’ve caused a lot of the problem that our big three have. I’m a little more sympathetic to their desire for a loan. Am I wrong?

    HUCKABEE: Well, I can understand the sympathy, but it still goes to the president. Is it the responsibility of the taxpayers to fix this by indebting our children and grandchildren.

    And Sean, what I worry about the more .

    HANNITY: It’s a loan.

    HUCKABEE: .. than the immediate is the long-term consequence of this incredible debt we’ll never get out of.

    HANNITY: I agree. But I guess my question is, if they are going to cause all these mandates and force these companies to adopt things that they cannot afford, when does the government gets some blame for causing all of this?

    HUCKABEE: I got a better idea. Throw those members of Congress out, get some members of Congress.

    HANNITY: Yes, I agree with that.

    HUCKABEE: . that will implement the fair tax and change the structure of our economy.

    HANNITY: I agree.

    HUCKABEE: That’s how we’re going to fix it.

    HANNITY: I agree with that. But now, one other thing, when we come back, I want to talk about the double standard as relates to Nancy Pelosi’s plane, the spending if government — if we ever had an analysis where anger of government like we do the private sector, it’d be an entirely different world.

    We’ll come back with Mike Huckabee.

    Also, who’s going to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat? One Illinois congressman has some recommendations for a replacement. We’re going to tell you about his controversial idea.

    More with Mike Huckabee on why race has just reentered politics, and best-selling author, Pastor Rick Warren, in studio defines the real purpose behind Christmas. And we’ll also ask him about the new president, what he expects come Inauguration Day.

    Straight ahead.

    ANNOUNCER: HANNITY & COLMES is brought to you by
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/huckabee_on_the_chambliss_sena.html

  90. lil ole grape Says:

    December 3rd, 2008 at 1:18 am
    ———————————

    re the above Grape…you are my shero of the week, and a hell of a good writer to boot.

    Thanks. Sometimes I get so tired, and begin to feel no longer up to the task.

  91. What makes me think that Barbara Walters lame number one choice for most fascinating person of the year will be bambi or god forbid his wife? 😉

    For me it would be Hillary all the way!

  92. Who cares about Barbara Walters choice. The last I remember she had confessed an affair with a married man. So that is an icon that I care about what she thinks.

    Sorry, I lost a lot of respect this year for many people. I am getting a bit bitter.

  93. Oh dear me:

    NBC News plans to name David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” infusing one of television’s most prized franchises with a sharp edge leavened by a youthful style and versatility, according to network executives.

    Gregory, 38, celebrated his 30th birthday — complete with cake — aboard George W. Bush’s presidential campaign plane, the assignment that solidified his stature as a network rising star. Enjoying a gravitas boost from his prematurely salt-and-pepper mane and friendships with Tom Brokaw and other of the legendary figures of NBC News, the Los Angeles native quickly became one of the hottest personalities in network news.

    The plan to anoint Gregory is not final but will be as soon as today, the executives said. NBC spokespeople refused to comment, saying the network would make the announcement.

    The decision was made by Jeff Zucker, president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal, and Steve Capus, president of NBC News.

    As NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Gregory has been a dogged — occasionally prickly — questioner of both the president and his press secretaries. The perceived tension benefited both sides, and Gregory maintained productive relations with senior officials.

    Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Gregory would be “an excellent choice”: “No one was a tougher, more aggressive questioner in the briefing room than David Gregory. But when it came time to go on the air, he was always nothing but fair.”

    Gregory also speaks French and is an avid oenophile and doting father of three.

    Gregory’s playful side emerged during stints as guest host of the “Today” show and of the former “Imus in the Morning” back when the simulcast was the most successful part of MSNBC’s lineup.

    Gregory’s current assignment is anchor of “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with David Gregory” (formerly “Race for the White House with David Gregory”), an hourlong talking-head show on MSNBC at 6 p.m. Eastern.

    The title of “moderator” — unique in network news — reflects the 61-year history of “Meet” as the premier forum for Washington insiders to talk to the country and each other.

    The choice carries long-term ramifications for NBC and its news division. “Meet,” the longest-running program ever on network television, is a cash cow and a major source of prestige for NBC Universal and its corporate parent, GE. However, ABC officials hope the change provides an opportunity for George Stephanopoulos to increase the cachet of the competing “This Week.”

    NBC issued a release Monday citing Nielsen Media Research data showing “Meet” as the leading Sunday morning public affairs program in November, in Washington and nationally, with 4.5 million viewers.

    Brokaw was named “interim moderator” after the death in June of the beloved but formidable Tim Russert at age 58, a loss that is still felt in the Washington bureau. Ratings show the program has remained strong, and even grown, with Brokaw in the chair. On Sunday, Brokaw is to interview President-elect Barack Obama in his first appearance on the program since July, when the show originated from London as he concluded an overseas tour.

    Betsy Fischer, one of Washington’s most respected behind-the-scenes network forces, will remain as executive producer, the executives said.

  94. NewMexicoFan Says:

    Sorry, I lost a lot of respect this year for many people. I am getting a bit bitter.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Yeah, hard for me to like, listen to Sprinsteen:
    “Born, in Barack. S. A.”

  95. RUMOR:

    Obama spoke of Hope. This is our Hope, that someone finally vet this guy.

    The Supreme Court must find some avenue to ensure that the Second Amendment “Qualifications for Office” are enforceable. Someone has to **enforce** it. If no one can question said candidate, why have this clause? Might as well let Governator be President: “I was born in Austria, North Dakota”. That everyone so far has been found to be “without standing” means some MF is not doing their job.

    [edit] Clause 5: Qualifications for office
    No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
    &&&&&&&

    So here’s something from PumaforLife:

    helpmejoseph.typepad.com/puma_for_life/2008/12/five-birth-certificate-cases-at-scotus-level-updates-on-nj-and-ct-cases.html

    Three comments from the above link:

    Cort’s Docket now shows that the renewed application to Justice Scalia is dated Nov. 29. That’s the date Cort express mailed the original papers. We don’t know if they’ve passed the original papers on or if they used the new papers submitted in person today by Cort. If they used the old papers, then why was Cort told yesterday it would take seven days? Perhaps they used the new papers with the original date of filing. We don’t know.
    [UPDATE 2:44pm] – Cort’s docket has been updated at SCOTUS. The application has been “refiled and submitted to Justice Scalia”.

    $$$$$$$$$$
    Posted by: Puma for Life | December 02, 2008 at 06:15 PM

    You may want to listen to the following clip on Plains Radio. Sounds that Deep Throat is back and letting this radio show know that SCOTUS will stay the electoral vote and the White House has been informed. Here is the link http://www.plainsradio.com/show.html. Click on “Caren and Ed’s Early show on 12/1/2008 Guest Tom Tento, Leo Donofrio and Wrotnowski” and go to minute 33 or 34. You will hear Ed, the host of the radio show, describing the call he had received from someone claiming he worked for the Bush administration. Ed describes other alarming news from this caller. The call had been made from Northern VA.
    Why Plains Radio? Well, Leo Donofrio and Cort Wrotnowski (who brought a separate case against Obama and the case is now in front of Justice Scalia) have been frequent guests on Plains Radio for the past three weeks almost on daily basis including Thanksgiving day. During the rest of the radio show on 12/1/08 another caller called and said she had a friend in Bush administration who was leaving on 1/20/2009 and he had stated Bush Administration was aware of Obama’s ineligibility.
    If any of what I heard on this Radio program last night is true, Obama may have to look for another job.

    For more information about the Donofrio case go to
    naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com

    Posted by: Meagan | December 03, 2008 at 04:39 AM

    &&&&&&&&
    MSM starting to cover bc issue. This AOL News article covers quite a bit.

    news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/12/01/obama-birth-certificate-rears-its-ugly-head-again/?icid=200100397x1213691203x1200912886

    Posted by: Puma for Life | December 03, 2008 at 08:38 PM

  96. RUMOR:

    Obama spoke of Hope. This is our Hope, that someone finally vet this guy.

    The Supreme Court must find some avenue to ensure that the Second Amendment “Qualifications for Office” are enforceable. Someone has to **enforce** it. If no one can question said candidate, why have this clause? Might as well let Governator be President: “I was born in Austria, North Dakota”. That everyone so far has been found to be “without standing” means some MF is not doing their job.

    [edit] Clause 5: Qualifications for office
    No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
    &&&&&&&

    So here’s something from PumaforLife:

    helpmejoseph.typepad.com/puma_for_life/2008/12/five-birth-certificate-cases-at-scotus-level-updates-on-nj-and-ct-cases.html

    Three comments from the above link:

    Cort’s Docket now shows that the renewed application to Justice Scalia is dated Nov. 29. That’s the date Cort express mailed the original papers. We don’t know if they’ve passed the original papers on or if they used the new papers submitted in person today by Cort. If they used the old papers, then why was Cort told yesterday it would take seven days? Perhaps they used the new papers with the original date of filing. We don’t know.
    [UPDATE 2:44pm] – Cort’s docket has been updated at SCOTUS. The application has been “refiled and submitted to Justice Scalia”.

    $$$$$$$$$$
    Posted by: Puma for Life | December 02, 2008 at 06:15 PM

    You may want to listen to the following clip on Plains Radio. Sounds that Deep Throat is back and letting this radio show know that SCOTUS will stay the electoral vote and the White House has been informed. Here is the link

    http://www.plainsradio.com/show.html

    Click on “Caren and Ed’s Early show on 12/1/2008 Guest Tom Tento, Leo Donofrio and Wrotnowski” and go to minute 33 or 34. You will hear Ed, the host of the radio show, describing the call he had received from someone claiming he worked for the Bush administration. Ed describes other alarming news from this caller. The call had been made from Northern VA.

    Why Plains Radio? Well, Leo Donofrio and Cort Wrotnowski (who brought a separate case against Obama and the case is now in front of Justice Scalia) have been frequent guests on Plains Radio for the past three weeks almost on daily basis including Thanksgiving day. During the rest of the radio show on 12/1/08 another caller called and said she had a friend in Bush administration who was leaving on 1/20/2009 and he had stated Bush Administration was aware of Obama’s ineligibility.
    If any of what I heard on this Radio program last night is true, Obama may have to look for another job.

    For more information about the Donofrio case go to
    naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com

    Posted by: Meagan | December 03, 2008 at 04:39 AM

    &&&&&&&&
    MSM starting to cover bc issue. This AOL News article covers quite a bit.

    news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/12/01/obama-birth-certificate-rears-its-ugly-head-again/?icid=200100397x1213691203x1200912886

    Posted by: Puma for Life | December 03, 2008 at 08:38 PM

  97. It would be funny to think that Bush and Bill Clinton and others might be in on the fact the the Supremes might break out with their rarest of hit tunes, “You’re Ineligible”.

    Maybe that’s why Bush called Bill Clinton first.

    Bill: “I think we should just play along, and let him think he’s going to be inaugurated”.

    Bush: “Good plan. This is fun, this working across the aisle thing”.

    Bill: “Yeah, payback’s a b*tch”

    Bush: “That sumbitch deserves what he gets”.

    Bill: “I hate him even more than you do”

    Bush: “No way. I hate him more. I had to put up with 14 months of his crap”

    Bill: “He called me a racist, in code language. Me, the first ‘Black President’…”

    Bush: “Let’s just say we both find him reprincipled”

    Bill: “Don’t you mean, “reprehensible”?”

    Bush: “Whatever. Time for vacation”.

    Bill: “I have to continue with my charitable work at Hooters”.

  98. rgb44hrc Says: “the Supremes might break out with their rarest of hit tunes, “You’re Ineligible”.”

    🙂 Love it! Remember admin posted “Unelctible, that’s what you are” to the tune of Unforgettable? I sang that song for weeks and weeks — so now you put me back to it — I’m singing in el i gible, that’s what you are … and the last line, That’s why darling it’s inevitable that someone so unelectable turns out to be just ineligible too”

    well, it’s fun

  99. Emjay Says:

    December 4th, 2008 at 1:19 pm
    lil ole grape Says:

    December 3rd, 2008 at 1:18 am
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    re the above Grape…you are my shero of the week, and a hell of a good writer to boot.

    Thanks. Sometimes I get so tired, and begin to feel no longer up to the task.
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    Thank you, Emjay.

  100. Chambliss Win Halts ‘Obamamania’
    by Martha Zoller (more by this author)
    Posted 12/03/2008 ET
    Updated 12/03/2008 ET

    Saxby Chambliss beat the odds yesterday, winning re-election by the huge margin of almost 15 points. Chambliss had 57.5 percent of the vote while his runoff challenger Jim Martin had only 42.5 percent.

    Chambliss’s margin expanded by twelve points since the November 4 election, when he was forced into a runoff by not exceeding 50 percent. At that time, he’d exceeded Martin’s vote by only three points. Georgians haven’t reelected a U. S. Senator since Sam Nunn. It seems he stemmed the tide of the runoff nobody votes in — almost 40 percent of the electorate turned out — and he put a doorstop, at least, in Obamamania.

    Barack Obama kept all of his campaign offices open and staffed through the runoff for Democrat Jim Martin, but Martin couldn’t close the deal. He never really had a chance once the Libertarian candidate, Allen Buckley was out of the picture. And — pretending he had some power over the outcome — Buckley withheld his endorsement from both candidates.

    Every political eye was on Georgia because Chambliss was vulnerable and, had he lost, Democrats would still have had a shot at the 60-member filibuster-proof Senate they wanted. With the recount droning on in Minnesota, the pace and excitement of the Chambliss/Martin race in Georgia seemed to attract too many political stars and too much media.

    The final day of campaigning was interesting. On the right, you had Gov. Sarah Palin bringing thousands of traditional Republicans as well as working class and young conservatives to the table. While Palin eclipsed Chambliss in popularity, these throngs were willing to say, “If he’s good enough for you, Governor Palin, then he’s good enough for us.”

    On the left, Jim Martin was flanked by rappers such as Ludacris. Black voters apparently found the pandering offensive and showed it with tepid support and turning out in a much smaller percentage of the vote than in the general election.

    The win of Chambliss over Martin and the probable win of Norm Coleman over “unfunnyman” Al Franken will put the balance in the Senate at 42 Republicans.

    It appears that the first test of this minority in the Senate will be the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, or “Card Check,” which would take the right to a secret ballot in unionizing elections away from workers. According to Chambliss, there are already “a couple of Republican Senators siding with the Democrats on this one,” so the 42 quickly becomes 40 to block this measure with a filibuster. Chambliss and Coleman becomes the cushion that conservatives need to keep the train from running down the tracks unfettered. Many of the same people who advocate for Card Check voted last week by secret ballot for leadership positions in the House and Senate. This is another case of Democrats wanting to impose on the American people a level of freedom that is less than what they have.

    If you are in the majority, you don’t like filibusters, but as we rebuild the conservative movement, the filibuster is the strongest tool we have in our arsenal in the Congress. And Republicans will need it to stop the flood of liberal legislation that Reid, Pelosi and Obama will try to jam through next year.

    Chambliss’ win is an important one, with a lesson to be learned. He had angered enough of his base (most recently by voting for the bank bailout bill) and so they tried to teach him a lesson. But he rose to the occasion in the runoff. He worked hard for every vote, even if the robo-calls were driving every red-clayed Georgian crazy. (If I have to come home to a recording of Mitt Romney telling me to get out and vote on my answering machine, I am going to shoot something.)

    Let’s hope that Chambliss and — later in the week — Norm Coleman get back to Washington and preserve the pieces of a conservative agenda. And then, as Sen. Chambliss said last night, “let’s get working on 2010.”

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29761&page=1
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    What is so interesting, if the DNC had just done the “right” thing and not played favorites we might have gotten a great politician,Hillary Clinton, as president.

    I don’t think Hillary would have a problem with the Republicans having a filibuster as their tool of necessity but with Obama and his no governing experience it is going to be very interesting.

    Since the battle within the Republican party appears to beleaning toward their conservative base (not neo con) and not moving toward broading the party “ala Obama” like the MSM wants.

  101. # admin Says:
    December 4th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    The India airport attack is now being called a misunderstanding and a minor event.
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    Must not be a minor event either. I don’t see this in any of the Indian newspapers. In fact all airports are on high alert.

  102. rgb:

    Love this scenario between Bill and Bush II…
    —and it continues…

    Bush: you gotta admit I made the right choice for the Chief….

    Bill: Whatever….I think we need him to make the right decision….

    Bush: But about your appointees…what do you think?

    Bill: Well I can rely on that WOMAN…you know the onloy one left; she is the key for this…”COS everybody called her a LIBERAL but she can do it the RIGHT THING FOR ALL OF US…..US means United States of America!!!…

    Bush: Damn it!!!!! you are right..I think she is jewish …

    Bill: what about your side…

    Bush: I CAN COUNT ON CLARENCE…..NO MORE RACIST issues for you to deal with it……oh my ….thank you DAD for Clarence!!!! BUT … Scalia is mad at me; he wanted to be the Chief justice…

    Bill: Oh no….you know, maybe I can get Breyer to do the right thing with Ginsberg….and that would abode well…. what say you?

    Bush: Oh yes….

    Bill: Let us work on it!!!!! You talk to your father to make the right calls and well I do not have a DAD!!!!

    Bush: YES you do!!!!; remember my father adopted you!!!!! YOU DA BROTHER I WANTED ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

    Bill: My adopted father!!! on yes….let us party…you da MAN!!!!….

    Bush: What about that woman of yours…you think she will create problems???

    Bill: WHAT WOMAN!!..Oh you mean Hillary…betcha you she will…but we can do the wink and nudge!!!!!

    Bush: Oh yes….the presidential dance will be “wink and nudge”…I will make it official before I leave…but I still do not think SHE SHOULD GET MY JOB!!!

    Bill: Why?

    Bush: because you know she is too good….she will make both of us look stupid!!!! my brother…please think!!!!

    Bill: WE ARE STUPID!!!!!!!

  103. I wonder if they thought the BC would not even be found out, or if it was, once he won everyone would just forget it.

  104. I don’t know. I hope many are doing what I would like to be doing.

    Barring that, The Boys are beating up on the few girls still left on the team, again….

    Check this out…found it at RD.

    December 04, 2008
    Categories: Housing crisis
    Frank decries ‘No Girls Allowed’ on the bailout team

    House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank Thursday urged President-elect Barack Obama to lend a stronger voice in urging Treasury officials to help distressed homeowners avoid disclosure.

    Voicing his well-known frustration with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and other officials for resisting calls to use funds from the $700 billion bailout package to combat foreclosures, Frank said lawmakers are being told that the back-and-forth consultations with the Obama transition team has delayed consideration of such actions.

    “I’m a great fan of the president-elect, but I think it’s probably the case that he’s going to have to be more assertive than he’s been,” Frank said, addressing the Consumer Federation of America’s annual financial services conference. “And I know what he says is ‘Well, we only have one president at a time. My problem is, at a time of great crisis and [massive] mortgage foreclosures. … I am afraid that overstates the number of presidents.”

    (Here it comes…..) *****

    Frank also defended Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Shelia Bair, who incoming Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants to push out of her post, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

    Bair has reportedly butted heads with Geithner and other bailout officials during the course of the crisis. According to the Bloomberg report, Geithner doesn’t think she’s “a team player,” fighting for her agency rather than the good of the entire financial system.

    Congressional Democrats — Frank first among them — on the other hand have heaped praise on Bair, a Republican, for her advocacy of foreclosure prevention, which she distilled into a proposal to use taxpayer money to refinance more than a million troubled mortgages. She has suggested that some of the $700 billion be used to fund her plan.

    Needless to say, any decisions regarding Bair’s career that are seen as punitive could hurt Geithner — and Obama — on the Hill at a time when congressional cooperation is desperately needed to quickly move Obama’s economic proposals once he takes office.

    Frank credited the current resistance to doing more about foreclosures to ruffled male feathers. “I think part of the problem now is that, to be honest, Shelia Bair has annoyed the Old Boys Club.” He likened the situation to several regulators “up in the treehouse with a ‘No Girls Allowed’ sign.”

    Bair should retain her FDIC post in the Obama administration and even be given a “broader role in helping to formulate policy on mortgage foreclosures,” Frank told reporters after his speech.

    Expect Frank to ruffle some Treasury feathers himself next week. He’s convening a hearing to grill Neel Kashkari, the interim chief of the economic rescue effort — formally known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program — about how the program has been implemented. Frank was less than pleased by the results of a GAO report that found Treasury “has no way to measure whether taxpayer funds invested in banks are being used in accordance with the purpose of the law — to increase lending” and furious with Treasury’s response that it had no intention of implementing such a metric.
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    Sounds like Barney has his groove back.

  105. More from me because I’m not able to be out there doing ….whatever.

    Anywho…..

    The Fairy Tales Live On
    Posted on December 4, 2008 by taggles

    We all know Barack Obama has never held a firm position on Iraq and in fact has prevaricated many times.

    What we might not have know is how extensive the sham was perfected throughout his campaign. Come to find out, the new UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, is a prevaricator on Iraq as well.. If not an out and out liar. Here is what she told the New York Sun back in January of 2008:

    “I was attracted to him in the very beginning as someone who was extraordinarily intelligent, thoughtful, and had a remarkably broad and deep grasp of the key foreign policy challenges of the day,” she said. Ms. Rice said she was drawn to him in part because of his early and vocal opposition to the Iraq war. She had also spoken out on the war before the American invasion, and she said she respected Mr. Obama for making “the same unpopular choice I had made,” despite what she described as a “huge amount of pressure in Washington to go along with or support the war.”

    Here is what she said in an NPR interview on February 6, 2003 one day after Colin Powell made his case to the UN:

    “I think he [Powell] has proved that Iraq has these weapons and is hiding them,” said Rice, a former Clinton administration State Department aide, “and I don’t think many informed people doubted that.”

    Oh yummy…and now she is supposed to be a “team member” on Hillary’s watch?

    Guess it depends on who the boss is, right Susan? Watch your back Hill…this is a 39 year old who is right now one step down from where she thought she would be.

  106. WoW
    All I can say is that I am incredibly saddenned.
    The democratic party alienated me and as such I comfortably voted for McCain but the republican party ultra-conservative response to the loss that has emerged post election is just as offensive to me.

    I have lost the faith in not only the dem party but big media as well. Where do I go from here? I am socially liberal but believe we need a military unrivaled. Any cutbacks to our defense are out of the question.
    Anyone else feel like me?
    Also after bambi won I threatenned to sell my stake in America I did not. But why why why can the media not provide balance about the stock market. Instead we get idiots with zero knowledge regurgitating stock percentages. My generic analysis of the coverage showed less then three minutes in Pittsburgh on four news channels collectively when the market rallied by 6 but close to 13 when it fell today. Why is the big media designed to protect us, now deciding our future?

  107. damm Henry…

    I don’t have any answers, but can suggest a couple of things for now:

    did you see our discussion here re the foreign press?

    if not, speak up and turndown and I and someone else will give you some places to go. Right now, for $$$ stuff, start with the “Economist”

    Here is another: JournalismNet.com

    Also: http://www.geocities.com/~oberoi/newspapr.html

    and go to CNBC or PBS or DW (German)

    Check them out and tell me what you think.

  108. I have a friend who is a martime arbitrator, and a great admirer of Hillary. He told me this morning that since Obama claims he wants to surround himself with people who disagree with him, he is sending his resume in because he disagrees with everthing about Obama.

    He has entreprenural instincts as well. He was was thinking about how to cash in on the coronation. He is not terribly impressed with the brickabrack produced thus far–trinkets, sock puppets, plates, bobbleheads and the like.

    He wants to produce a momento which is more appropriate to the occasion. So what he has come up with is a toilet seat with Obama’s portrait on it and toilet paper adorned with his deathless prose. I kid you not.

    He asked for my opinion on whether this was a viable product. I told him if he timed the market properly he would do a land office business.

  109. I don’t think Hillary would have a problem with the Republicans having a filibuster as their tool of necessity but with Obama and his no governing experience it is going to be very interesting.
    ————————————–
    Correct. He is out of his element. He knew how to operate under Combine Rules. But the Republicans in Washington DC will be different from those he had in Illinois.

    The smartest thing he could do is run off Pelosi. She is another flake, i.e. fool with energy. She is a real liablility to the party and the country.

    As far as the employee free choice act I think it is objectionable in principle, but because I see unions as one of the institutions which can protect our people in the age of globalization–if they go global too, I could live with its passage. The leadership of the American Labor Movement today is not what it once was.

  110. NBC News plans to name David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” infusing one of television’s most prized franchises with a sharp edge leavened by a youthful style and versatility, according to network executives.
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    He will be perfect for the job. He is a maggot.

  111. WASHINGTON – Barack Obama’s presidential campaign raised $104 million in the weeks around Election Day, a grand finale to a successful bid that shattered fundraising records.
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    To listen to our dysfunctional media you would think it is a good thing that bambi raised $750 million dollars. Personally, I think the opposite. It is a very bad thing. To whom is he financially beholdent? What exactly are they expecting to receive in return. There is something rotten here. I expect the FEC will do their job here–albeit belatedly. Our dysfunctional media never will.

  112. Actually, there are two (2) areas of inquiry that the FEC should take a look into in connection with this $750 million in so called campaign contributions that poured into Obambi’s campaign:

    1. First, who contributed it? What were they buying? What will he do for them in return? (Note: remember Rezko. Remember Excelon. He is the quintessential politician who stays bought)

    2. Second, how was that money used by Axelrod to corrupt the democratic process during the primary? Same question for the general election.

  113. Grape: where is Nat King Cole when we need him?

    That’s why bambi
    Its incredible
    That someone
    So unelectable
    Thinks he will be
    Elected president
    The fool

    We shall see what happens.

    Someone said Olberman made an ass of himself tonight. I asked him how it was different from any other night. Well tonight was a 2 fer of noctural delusion.

    First he proclaims that Hillary is constitutionally barred from being president based on this enoulment nonsense. I believe this is Axelrod tunneling under. Ditto with the National Enquirer story. As I believe Axelrod did to Edwards.

    Second, he proclaims the bc lawsuit is frivoulous, without telling us why the Supreme Court agreed to hear it. And to prove his point, he reportedly held up a copy of the birth certificate which everyone in the world but him knows is fraudlent and claims it is conclusive proof of citizenship.

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