Maybe, We’re Tickled Pink

We’ve debated and discussed the return to a regular post-holidays world. What to write about? What to discuss?

With the end of the winter holiday season the world now returns to what passes for normal. Today is the first day of the first full work week and we are back to the insanity.

So we debated, and discussed, how to welcome ourselves and the world back to a normal work schedule, with an appropriate article.

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Should we discuss Middle East developments, the war, etc. Nah, too gloomy and too much like a television drama series in reruns. No Middle East discussions for us, today.

Perhaps a series of good belly laughs at the expense of Bill Richardson? Well, we sort of had that celebration yesterday in the comments section.

The unexpected hilarity began during the early afternoon when “S” informed us of the news that “Judas” Bill Richardson had yanked his name and will no longer be the Commerce Secretary nominee.

Soon the “under the bus” jokes began. Calls for resignation and/or impeachment were made. Wbboei, got the call that Mr. Otis Regrets. NewMexicoFan joined in the fun happening in the home state. The laughs were many.

We all joined in the fun at “Judas” Richardson’s and Obama’s expense. Resign or be impeached! we cheered. We explained the Richardson scandal in some detail and posted video of Richardson running away from questions.

So, we did the Richardson story in the comments yesterday, therefore it would be sort of beating a dead horse to post an article on Richardson today. Of course we could have put up a picture of Richardson, dressed as Ralph Kramen of The Honeymooners under his own bus. We could write of the imaginary celebrations at the Clinton household as good Bill, laughed and laughed. But it seemed a little too much. Imaginary Clinton conversations would be too Maureen Dowd. So no Richardson laughs today.

We did consider chortling about tomorrow’s events when Roland Burris tries to sit in the soiled Obama U.S. Senate seat. We started rubbing our hands together in Fitzmas-like anticipation of the circus ready to unfold tomorrow with Dimocrats in starring roles all. But that seemed to us to be licking the dessert. Why anticipate the fun when we can sit back tomorrow and enjoy the sit-com in real time? So, no Illinois Senate Seat corruption article today.

Caroline Kennedy? After yesterday’s New York Times article on how Mrs. Schlossberg has avoided financial disclosure we did not want to appear to be piling on. We’ll have more on Schumer and Scholssberg and Paterson soon enough. No, Caroline did not seem to be the right way to go.

Perhaps a timely reminder to all, at the beginning of the year, that

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

would be appropriate? Well, no, we wanted to give that a rest for one day – it annoys the Hopium addicts so.

We do have several articles almost ready for publication about the economy and the spending spree and bailouts. Maybe an economic article would be the right touch? Nah, the issue is not ripe yet. We’ll have plenty to write about the economic mess soon enough.

What about pointing out that neither Obama – nor the Dimocrats – are ready on Day 1? Would it be too churlish of us to point out that the plans for a Day 1 signing of an economic package fell apart already? Should we quote Steny Hoyer in the House and Harry Reid in the Senate saying “ain’t gonna happen”? Nah, it would be too close to gloating.

What about a fashion item nothing how Michelle Obama’s election night dress reminded us of Mark Rothko paintings? Obama’s flabby pecs and schoolboy caps? Nah, the death of fashion “critic” Mr. Blackwell was not a death we would exploit by stepping onto the fashion turf.

Sidwell friends? Nah.

Fun pictures of dogs or cats? Too cute and not our style.

A catalog of Obama scandals? New Year best wishes and kisses for our “Tony” Rezko? Tim Kaine at DNC? John Kerry not getting an Obama appointment?

Race? Misogyny? Too glum.

Carville’s predictions of more Dimocrat scandals to come? Nah.

The hypocrisy of Al Franken -who was the main internal roadblock to Air America Radio fighting potential election fraud and electronic voting machines after the 2004 election – transforming himself into a big “count every vote” guy now that counting every vote has to do with getting himself a Senate seat? Nah. Maybe at a later date.

Well, what about the lack of vetting or lack of concern about no vetting of Richardson? (We were getting desperate.)

Hillary’s debt reduction events? The Bon-Jovi event or the Biden Pennsylvania event? Nah. Maybe later.

A big tribute and big thanks to our readers and supporters and those who comment? Well, that sounded good. But our readers and supporters and those who comment already know how much we appreciate them. Of course the word “thanks” is always appropriate but then we would have to thank our supporters and readers and those who comment on a daily basis with a huge article every single day telling them how wonderful they are and that might become too redundant.

Then, of course, there are our detractors. Everyday they spend countless hours scouring our website and racking their brains looking for ways to distract us from our tasks. Perhaps we need to explain to them that the new age of Youtube political campaigns means the dirty deeds of campaigns now no longer disappear after election day.

As the burdens of Hopium addiction grow our detractors wish with increasing fervor that we would go away and stop reminding them of their historic mistake in supporting uncritically the Chicago Mess-iah.

Like regretful purchasers of a car that is in fact a “lemon” our detractors just want us to go away. They fear the mess Obama is about to create and they dread the day when we say “We told you so” and finally, finally, they agree with us.

And so we finally decided to be jolly this first full working week of the New Year. We decided to celebrate in song. We decided to sing our love.

We realized that the Hopium addicted will someday be wracked with pain and torments. We want to be there for them. As the Ink Spots (back in 1940) sang in “Maybe”

Maybe you’ll think of me when you are all alone
Maybe the one who is waiting for you
Will prove untrue, then what will you do?

So,

while during this year others might be gloomy, while during this week Dimocrats live in dread and anxiety at being exposed, while others either by circumstance or outlook will be depressed or sad, we choose to smile and laugh and enjoy our few moments on this earth.

For us, no drab colors. We’re Ticked Pink.

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146 thoughts on “Maybe, We’re Tickled Pink

  1. Well that really was a fun col. I think back to the fact that I had just lived through trudging in the Snow of IOWA, and watching a fraud caucus which I knew nothing about where it was obvious that O was stacking the deck, his supporter were billigerant, and watching Richardson, and Edwards people spinning their webs, that already then were plotting toward O.

    Not sure If I ever will get over that, or trust in our system again.

    However, I can rejoice in the fact, that as you have pointed out above, we have a lot to discuss, and write about here. I don’t know of another administration, in my life time that had such garbage going on even before they took office.

  2. NewMexicoFan, you said I don’t know of another administration, in my life time that had such garbage going on even before they took office.

    Garbage in, Garbage out.

  3. LOL, Admin! Well done.

    I was talking to a young 18 year-old in India, a friend’s daughter, yesterday and she had more sense than any Obot I have seen.

    Among other things, she asked me why the media was covering up for Obama problems from day one, are they not usually stir-crazy, are they not after juicy items feeding themselves and others into a frenzy? She also remarked if majority who appeared on TV and everywhere else talked up only positive things about Obama, it would be hard for ordinary people to believe otherwise.

    She also wondered how MO could wear that hideous garment on election night knowing that the whole world was watching.

  4. “New Year best wishes and kisses for our “Tony” Rezko? Tim Kaine at DNC? John Kerry not getting an Obama appointment?”
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    I don’t know, I think Bambi picking Tim Kaine for DNC chair is a bigger “popcorn” event than Warren and Richardson combined. Tim (I have a faith-based opposition to abortion) Kaine who is also against Gay marriage and Civil unions and as a kicker, against embryonic stem cell research. No vague “they” picked Kaine, the darling of NOW, NARAL did and a nice FU to the majority in the LGBT who also drank the Kool-Aid and voted for the “ONE”. The “lefty” blogs when BS when “homophobe” Kaine was named to give the response the the ’06 State of the Union Address and now that he is the #1 Dem..crickets??

  5. PM: out of the mouths of babes. Mo’s dress was hideous. Interesting that someone in India recognizes how in the tank for BO, our media has been. Why? Money, Money, Money.

  6. BRILLIANT, ADMIN!

    What does everyone think about this story? It’s gaining traction online. Of course I think it’s BS but I worry it could hurt HRC..
    Opinions, please.
    From Hotair;
    ‘It looks like pay-for-play is here to stay, at least in the incoming Barack Obama administration. After losing one Cabinet appointment yesterday to a federal grand jury investigation of corruption, another may receive a rocky ride at her confirmation hearing. International Herald-Tribune, owned by the New York Times, reports that Hillary Clinton helped put millions of dollars into the pockets of contributors to her husband’s foundation:’
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    ‘We wrote on several occasions about Hillary’s pork habits during the primary campaign. Bill’s refusal to release donor information over the years brought questions as to whether the two were related. Now it seems clear that Hillary has at least once tailored legislation to benefit contributors to the family foundation, which benefits the political aspirations of both Bill and Hillary.
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    And that’s not the only pay-for-play problem Hillary might bring Obama. According to The Smoking Gun, Norman Hsu’s attorney promises that both Hillary and Obama will get mentioned in the fraudster’s upcoming trial:
    In addition to the Rod Blagojevich pay-for-play probe, Obama could figure in the upcoming fraud trial of Norman Hsu, the disgraced Democratic fundraiser who was charged last year with operating a $60 million pyramid scheme.
    In his December 22 letter, a copy of which you’ll find below, Cohen also noted that Hsu was already “notorious for his political activities” and that it was “inevitable” that his client’s “connections” to Bill and Hillary Clinton “and other democratic notables–including perhaps the president-elect–will be introduced at trial.” Before becoming a key fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, Hsu co-hosted a 2005 California fundraiser for Obama’s political action committee …………
    Hsu didn’t get his continuance, and the trial starts in two weeks — just before Obama’s inauguration. Will Obama stick with Hillary and the new pay-for-play scandal she could potentially bring? Or will Team Obama throw her under the bus as they did Bill Richardson? Can Obama afford to jettison the Clintons after publicly linking his fortunes to theirs?

  7. SHV: the appointment of Kaine is a kick in the teeth to LGBT, women, and separation of church and state. Kaine is too conservative. He sounds more like a Republican. How are the bots spinning this one? I guess Warren was just a warm-up.

  8. Basil: Why is no one talking about the kickback MO’s hospital received, after BO’s election to the senate? Why did her salary double or triple? Rezko, anyone? Frankly, if this hurts HRC, she goes back to the senate, which TK and others probably do not want to happen at this point in time. Not with CK in the wings. Who knows? At least Bill’s foundation does good work.

  9. birdgal,

    I agree! ‘Why is no one talking about the kickback MO’s hospital received, after BO’s election to the senate?’

    I just get paranoid sometimes that they’re out to get HRC at any and every cost!

  10. LMAO! Comparing Judas to Ralph Cramden…lol… “soiled Obama U.S. Senate seat”…yuck!

    Admin, you rock!!!

  11. basil, birdgal…

    I look at it this way. Judas is under the bus. If Obama was seriously concerned about Hillary and Bill, I think he would have found something and thrown her under first. Either that or never have offered the sos position in the first place because they would have proof she was tainted. Instead I think his people went through Bill’s foundation files and Hillary’s financial records with a fine tooth comb and didn’t come up with anything so they couldn’t stop the selection, as shocked as they were that she accepted. Probably didn’t go through Judas’s as much because after all, he’s a “guy”. Obama can’t afford to have all his picks thrown out…lol…too messy and quite the stain on his leadership right from the start.

    I think Hillary is fine. As I mentioned in the last thread, Obama earmarks to m.o.’s employer and her subsequent outragious wage increase certainly trumphs anything in Hillary’s portfolio.

  12. birdgal Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 10:52 am
    How did they get Richardson to withdraw, if this knowledge was already known?
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    I wonder if this was just the beginning of a much bigger problem/scandal with Judas. Maybe it was time to do damage control.

  13. I’m not sure if we’ve mentioned Inauguration-gate.

    I think it’s indecent to have the most expensive celebration to date at this time topped off by the self-aggrandizing bigot, Rick Warren.

    At a minimum, Bad Taste is rampant — and not confined to MO’s fashion sense.

  14. The piece on Hillary is not, at the moment, gaining traction. Rest assured however, with Judas being tossed aside for now, Clinton haters like Mathews and others in the MSM will pick up on it very quickly. I doubt it will defeat her nomination, but will be used by MSM and the righties to embarrass her and Bill. I do not think Bill/Hillary would go through all the trouble of financial disclosure re Clinton foundation and not be aware of this potential issue… ….Richardson allegedly was not as “forthcoming” re the investigation. Carville was great on Richardson once again on Larry “what’s the question” King last night…( King is really hard to look at).

  15. I read through the one donation to Bill’s charity from a man whom Hill had helped earlier. The reason for her help was clear — it was a ‘green’ enterprise that created jobs. She was open about it and was not alone in promoting it.

    It will be interesting to see if Republicans and some Dems can restrain themselves when she comes up for confirmation. So much has been made about her ability in these perilous times that it behooves them all to shut up and sail this through. Don’t mess with Hillary, boys!

  16. “So much has been made about her ability in these perilous times that it behooves them all to shut up and sail this through. Don’t mess with Hillary, boys!”

    Amen freckles!

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    As far as the inauguration sock hop, I am praying that a huge protest group appears outside on the night of this monster mash.

  17. It sounds like the NYT article is much ado about nothing. Like Freckles said, HRC supported the green enterprise, as well as others. So, the guy gave money to a charitable foundation. People are clutching at straws. I wish BO would garner half as much scrunity, as everyone else around him.

  18. Illinois House subpoenas Burris

    Capitol Fax reports on the ongoing Springfield sideshow: ” The [House impeachment committee] has also issued a subpoena that was served Saturday on Roland Burris, the governor’s controversial choice to fill Illinois’ vacant U.S. Senate seat. The order compels Burris to testify Wednesday.”

    Burris may not make it that day, as he’s expected to be in D.C., and last night gave a combative talk in which he said, among other things, “They can’t deny what the Lord has ordained.”

  19. Just talked to a dem here in the state, and this information was known easily. What is interesting is the Richardsons have already purchased property in D.C, so he might not be Sec of Commerce, but one has to think he still will be something.

    Maybe the bigger question is will more mud come forward. Richardson has other things that very well might prove worthy of investigation.

  20. I just watched a series on the Biography Channel about “The Mob”. Organized crime in America. It was downright frightening what those thugs got away with and how the corrupt politicians and law enforcement turned their heads.

    Looks like our governnment has taken the play book right out of their hands.
    Change the names on these dudes and you have our current political structure.

    Great job Brownie!!!

  21. whats even more disturbing is the billions of dollars stolen by these thieves were put into legitimate businesses to hide what they were doing. Now those very billions are lining the pockets of our politicians in a so called legitimate form.

    And the thugs while going legit now hold reign over some of the largest corporations in America

    Viva Wall Street!

    The next chapter in American history should be headlined as..”The shakedown of the American people” We have lost the right to fair representation and when we howl they throw us a $500 stimulus check to shut us up.

    Just how far will that check go in your house?

  22. Debbie
    Just how far will that check go in your house?

    NOT VERY FAR. That will probably not even cover the portion we pay for medicines in a 30 day period.

  23. I am told that Peter King (R-NY) was on television this morning excoriating the Governor Patterson, and Speaker Siver over the Caroline Kennedy affair. He stated that Kennedy has no experiece and is not a fighter–and today New York desperately needs someone who has those two qualities. He blatantly accused Patterson of accepting a quid pro quo in exchange for appointing Kennedy and Silver for succumbing to politica pressure and tanking the people of New York.

    He speaks as if it is a done deal. If not this strong shot across the bow may have a chilling effect on the attempted theft of this seat.

    If Patterson appoints the Princess, then it is pretty clear that Peter King will run against her in 2010– and win.

    As for the Governor, he will become a pariah and people will look at him and say two things: first, he betrayed the people of New York; second, he lost the seat to the Republicans; and third, he will no longer be our governor–he will not survive a primary challenge from Cuomo.

  24. Speaking of Hillary mercandise, I would like one of the Pins spelling Hillary, which was gold plated. They were $100, but they are not on her web site. Anyone know where I can get one?

  25. Hello Admin and Hillfriends…such a good post…can’t wait for those pieces you are working on and teased us with…

    …just want to say that this is the very first place I come to either get the latest or bring the ‘breaking news’ as i find it…Admin, we have said it before and say it again…you are light years ahead of MSM and so counted on to break thru the BS…

    ********************************

    JBStonesfan…missed Carville last night on LK…what did he say? did he have a ‘knowing told you so’ look and grin…must be the tip of the proverbial iceberg coming ahead for many…

    ……………………………….

    ironic how O wants to known as No Drama…he has not even taken office yet and as said above, if he did not have all this MSM protection constantly stating that “this will not effect Obama” his pre-inauguration scandals would be 24/7…there will come a point when things will turn…for now…it is all drama…whether they like it or not…

  26. wbboei Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 1:00 pm
    I am told that Peter King (R-NY) was on television this morning excoriating the Governor Patterson, and Speaker Siver over the Caroline Kennedy affair.
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    I hope more come out against this travesty of justice. Neither Patterson or the kennedy mob should get away with this without getting burned.

  27. JanH Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 10:49 pm
    Mrs. Smith Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem yesterday said Gov. Paterson should appoint Rep. Carolyn Maloney to the Senate – and ask Caroline Kennedy to run for Maloney’s House seat instead of the Senate.
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    That might just be a “save face” moment for all involved. Maloney has already proven herself. Let ck work for the job promotion one step at a time.
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    Well, that’s logical. The trouble is … it’s an emotional litmus test for entitlement. Won’t there be a big reaction of “Reprsentative? That’s below a Kennedy! Why, she’s Caroline Kennedy! How can you expect her to take such a plebian position? And to actually run for it in an election! That would suggest that she’s just like anyone else!” Etc.

  28. wbboei said: What does a man like him say to a fine young lady at his age? He asked her whether she planned to follow her mothers and fathers footsteps into politics. She said no.
    ==================

    That makes a lot of sense. The rumour that he asked Chelsea if she would go after Hillary’s seat doesn’t make much sense. He would have known Chelsea isn’t elegible till she’s 30 (two years from now). By that time, teh seat will be up for special election anyway.

    Ooooh, wouldn’t it be fun if Chelsea and Caroline are both campaigning for it?!

  29. Well, Admin- You’ve outlined a potpourri of problematic predicaments facing the new president on day one. Each and every topic is a time-bomb waiting to go off bringing with it another scandal and a weeks worth of interactive entertainment. Thanks You!

    What with Republicans such as Pete King and GHWB girding their loins for the fun times to come, instigating embarrassing headlines that will surely have Obama’s head spinning in wonderment of just what kind of a job did he buy?

    Meanwhile, Obama’s surrogate mother, Nancy Pelosi is busying herself making snowballs* rewriting the House Rules for legislation giving it her best effort ensuring Obama’s first tobaggon ride signing legislation is smooth trip. (watch out for the splinters if you’re not wearing gloves!)

    *
    Pelosi Reverses House Fairness Rules

    5 January 2009

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to re-write House rules today to ensure that the Republican minority is unable to have any influence on legislation. Pelosi’s proposals are so draconian, and will so polarize the Capitol, that any thought President-elect Obama has of bipartisan cooperation will be rendered impossible before he even takes office.

    Pelosi’s rule changes — which may be voted on today — will reverse the fairness rules that were written around Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.”

    In reaction, the House Republican leadership is sending a letter today to Pelosi to object to changes to House Rules this week that would bar Republicans from offering alternative bills, amendments to Democrat bills or even the guarantee of open debate accessible by motions to recommit for any piece of legislation during the entire 111th Congress. These procedural abuses, as outlined in the below letter obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, would also include the repeal of six-year limit for committee chairmen and other House Rules reform measures enacted in 1995 as part of the Contract with America.

    Link: humanevents.com/article.php?id=30143

    My advise to Bill and Hillary is: Take the phone off the hook if you want to avoid that 3am phone call from Barky! hee!

  30. The strong supposition of people I talk to is that this story on Hillary was planted by Axelrod to take the heat off Obama for Richardson, and to diminish Hillarys standing. I argued that his would not help Obama because he needs an uncontested confirmation. They said while that is true he is too arrogant to understand this, and made some other points that convinced me at least that this is a credible hypothesis.

    I have not read the New York Times article myself. However I have spoken to a number of people who have and it sounds like it is based on a number of non-sequitirs.

    First, as I suggested initially, it confuses corrollation with causation. How? By saying that because the constituents name appears on a donor list and he was also a beneficiary of certain legislation which Hillary sponsored, that this is proof of a pay to play scheme. The fact that the name appeared on both lists is corrolation. If the legislator said I will not support this legislation unless you pay–that would be causation. There is zero proof of that.

    Second, the sponsorship of legislation beneficial to constituents is what public officials are supposed to do. It is called constituent service. If the legislation has econmic value to the state then it is not pork. If it is used to build highways your state does not need, like Robert Byrd (D-WV) well now that is pork. here is part and parcel of the normal practice of constituent service. In this case the legislation in question was sufficently beneficial to the state of New York as to draw bi-partisan support, including the senior senator from that state.

    Third, the logic conflates a contact with a gift. The law makes a clear distinction between the two. A contract involves an offer, acceptance, a meeting of the minds and a quid pro quo. A gift is an act of generosity and involves no quid pro quo. In this case, there is not evidence of a quid pro quo. Hillary supported the legislation on the same basis as her colleagues. The constituent felt a sense of gratitude and made a contribution to the presiential library (according to FOX) or the Global Initiative (according to MSNBC–its hard to keep things straight when you deal in lies.)

    Fourth, the motivation here is crysal clear. Charles Savage (Bahstan Chahlie) is a man with no moral center. He lost his job at the Globe, was picked up by the New York Times. He is now seeking to ingratiate himself to the corrupt editor of that newpaper and the lynch mob at that paper. Therefore, he wrote a story which he knew was false. One friend asked me if there was anyway to retract a Pulizer for conduct unbecoming a journalist. An excellent question.

  31. Paula Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 11:21 pm
    Another thing to keep in mind about CK: If I recall correctly, people appointed to Senate seats often lose reelection.
    ==============

    That was something Paterson talked about very early in this issue. He said he wanted a Senator that could survive longterm. He had done some homework and found the numbers of appointed Senators who didn’t even try to get rel-electioned, and those who did who didn’t win re-election. He wanted to avoid this.

  32. freckles said: Jackie gave up and went to a Greek island. Teddy knew that there were many people who wanted to complete the hat trick after Jack and Bobby.
    Not too long after Bobby’s assassination, Teddy was walking through a sea of people and there was a loud bang and Teddy flinched. He then kept going. I wondered how he could keep going knowing he was a target.
    ===============

    So where did Caroline grow up? On the Greek island?

  33. wbboei Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 1:43 pm
    The strong supposition of people I talk to is that this story on Hillary was planted by Axelrod to take the heat off Obama for Richardson, and to diminish Hillarys standing.
    ————————

    I honestly think that Axelrod and Obama will continue to play “little boy” games against Hillary “whenever they think they can get away with it.” I hope Hillary stomps on them each and every time.

  34. Debbie — We have put up with open corruption for so long, it’s hard to reverse now. When ex-politicians amd generals were hired by huge defense firms and lobbied successfully for huge contracts, it was allowed to continue. When Cheney went going and coming through the revolving door, there was barely a peep. When we were barred from negotiating for lower drug prices, there was no serious outcry. When favors were slipped into bills at midnight, it continued for decades.

    Then there was Millicent Fenwick. A bright, talented incorruptible 4-term Congresswoman who had fought for civil rights, though a Republican, lost for the Senate. She lost to a good Dem — Lautenberg –but she went unrewarded. Cronkite named her the “conscience of Congress” and 60 Minutes did a fabulous piece on her, which I recommend.

    If we fail to support the real progressive good guys, we get what we have.

  35. # turndownobama-com Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    JanH Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 10:49 pm
    Mrs. Smith Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem yesterday said Gov. Paterson should appoint Rep. Carolyn Maloney to the Senate – and ask Caroline Kennedy to run for Maloney’s House seat instead of the Senate.
    —————————
    That might just be a “save face” moment for all involved. Maloney has already proven herself. Let ck work for the job promotion one step at a time.
    =================

    Well, that’s logical. The trouble is … it’s an emotional litmus test for entitlement. Won’t there be a big reaction of “Reprsentative? That’s below a Kennedy! Why, she’s Caroline Kennedy! How can you expect her to take such a plebian position? And to actually run for it in an election! That would suggest that she’s just like anyone else!” Etc.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    TD-

    The point of Steinem’s proposal and my additional comment is that Paterson is not taking control of the situation.

    Paterson is allowing the job applicant to submit the conditions on which they will accept employment. Caroline has said, she will make public full disclosure of her finances should Paterson appoint her to Hillary’s seat. (Well what happened to the vetting process? Caroline’s rebuttal voided the vetting process on the spot as a condition of her employment) From the beginning when Caroline expressed interest in the Senate Seat, Paterson should have reached down, hauled up his cojones and said…

    “I can’t treat you any differently than anyone else seeking this position.” (That statement covers alot of ground.) Instead, he remained silent. Steinham’s offering is valid in the sense it illustrates Paterson piss poor job of administrating the Senate seat position where he has already shone bias and discrimination for Kennedy.

  36. Pelosi Reverses House Fairness Rules

    5 January 2009

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to re-write House rules today to ensure that the Republican minority is unable to have any influence on legislation. [….]
    Pelosi’s rule changes — which may be voted on today — will reverse the fairness rules that were written around Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.”
    =================

    I’m sure better informed people will explain this, but….

    Now here’s Pelosi writing rules to favor the new majority (Dems).

    I remember “Contract with AMeriica.” That’s when the GOP became the majorty in Congress, isn’t it? So their rules would have favored the majority. So why is this described as Pelosi ‘re-writing’ or somehow reversing the GOP’s ‘favor the majority’ rules?

  37. CK grew up in private schools and spending her vacations in Greece and protected by Onassis’ guards. When he died, Jackie moved back to NY with protection by the secret service and private guards. No reflection on Jackie or CK, just the way it was then.

    TK went to work and showed up at public functions.
    I always thought, “I’d drink a lot too”. I applauded him when he gave up being drunk with a public apology.

  38. From Associated Press:

    Judge gives more time for Blagojevich indictment
    By MIKE ROBINSON – 49 minutes ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday gave prosecutors an additional three months to obtain a corruption indictment against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying the complexity of the case against him makes it “unreasonable” to expect the indictment sooner.

    Chief Judge James F. Holderman’s decision to grant the extension was expected, came without any opposition from defense attorneys and didn’t indicate any slowdown in the government’s corruption investigation of Blagojevich and his administration.

    Holderman also has been asked to decide whether redacted versions of secretly made FBI recordings of Blagojevich can be given to an Illinois House committee working to determine whether there is enough evidence to impeach Blagojevich. A hearing was planned for Monday afternoon.

    Holderman said the case against Blagojevich is too complex to expect a speedy indictment.

    “The ends of justice served by the extension outweigh the best interests of the public and the defendants to a speedy trial,” the judge said.

    Blagojevich, 52, is charged in a federal criminal complaint filed last month with an array of offenses, including a plot to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama following his election as president. The governor says he is innocent.

    Blagojevich and former chief of staff John Harris also are charged with plotting to squeeze potential campaign contributors for money illegally and trying to get the Chicago Tribune to fire editorial writers calling for the governor’s impeachment.

    Federal prosecutors have 30 days after filing such a complaint to replace it with a grand jury indictment, which would allow them to take the case to trial.

    The deadline for an indictment against Blagojevich would have run out Wednesday. Holderman extended the deadline to April 7.

    According to an FBI affidavit attached to the complaint, Blagojevich described his power to appoint a senator to fill the seat as a “golden” thing and vowed to get something in return — a Cabinet post, a high-paying job after leaving office, a position for his wife or campaign cash — in exchange.

    Authorities also allege in the affidavit that Blagojevich schemed to withhold $8 million in aid to a children’s hospital until the head of the hospital made a sizable campaign contribution. He allegedly used the power of the governor’s office to pressure roadbuilders and someone interested in casino legislation for political donations.

    Blagojevich also discussed with Harris the possibility of holding up financial aid to the Tribune in its efforts to sell Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, unless the editorial writers were fired, the affidavit said. According to the FBI recordings, the governor pressed Harris to apply the pressure in meetings with a financial adviser to the newspaper company.

    Illinois House members investigating whether the governor should be impeached are reviewing evidence they’ve heard in hearings since Dec. 16. Members say a committee vote on whether to recommend impeaching the governor could come Wednesday or Thursday.

    Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, to Obama’s Senate seat despite Democratic leaders’ pledge not to seat anyone named by the governor facing federal corruption charges.

    On Monday, the governor made a less controversial move regarding another job made vacant by the presidential election, setting a special election April 7 to fill the congressional seat Rahm Emanuel is vacating to become Obama’s chief of staff. The primary will be March 3.

  39. From Chicago Sun Times

    Reid pressed Blagojevich on Obama replacement in Senate.

    By Lynn Sweet on January 3, 2009 10:56 AM

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) hits Gov. Blagojevich following the report of his conversations with him about filing the vacant Obama Senate seat. Reid statement below, followed by Chicago Sun-Times front page Sunday story on the Reid-Blagojevich call.

    REID STATEMENT ON GOV. BLAGOJEVICH

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to reports that Gov. Blagojevich has been leaking and distorting conversations about the process for filling Illinois’ vacant Senate seat:

    “Gov. Blagojevich appears to be trying to distract attention from his daunting legal problems and damaged credibility by distorting information about private phone calls between himself and other public officials. It is regrettable and reprehensible.

    “Gov. Blagojevich’s efforts to try to tarnish others while the cloud of suspicion continues to grow over him are shameful, as are his efforts to further betray the public trust and sow seeds of division. As each day passes it becomes increasingly clear that Gov. Blagojevich is not fit to lead, and he should resign.

    “I will not allow his corruption charges or his antics to distract me from leading the Senate, to drive a wedge in our party or to obscure the facts.”

    ###

    BY NATASHA KORECKI, CHRIS FUSCO AND LYNN SWEET
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones.

    Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times. Sources say the Senate majority leader pushed against Jackson and Davis — both Democratic congressmen from Illinois — and against Jones — the Illinois Senate president who is the political godfather of President-elect Barack Obama — because he did not believe the three men were electable. He feared losing the seat to a Republican in a future election.

    Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero confirmed that Reid (D-Nev.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — the new chief of the Senate Democratic political operation — each called Blagojevich’s campaign office separately Dec. 3. Sources believe that at least portions of the phone conversations are on tape.

    Before their contacts, Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called Blagojevich to tell him to expect to hear from Senate leadership because they were pushing against Jackson and others, according to statements the governor made to others.

    The Reid-Menendez calls came a day before a Dec. 4 conversation overheard on government wiretaps where Blagojevich says he “was getting ‘a lot of pressure’ not to appoint Candidate 5.” Candidate 5 is Jackson. The calls reveal the varying forces directed at Blagojevich as he weighed the appointment.

    Duckworth is the wounded Iraq war veteran who was tapped by Blagojevich for the state post after she lost a House race in 2006. Duckworth’s entry in the House contest was championed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) with her campaign assisted by Emanuel, who was running the House political operation at the time, and Obama. David Axelrod, Obama’s chief presidential campaign strategist, was Duckworth’s media consultant for her House race.

    Madigan is supported by her powerful father Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan. A Jackson spokesman said the congressman believes he could attain statewide support. “Congressman Jackson was encouraged that two independent statewide polls confirmed that he was the most popular Democrat to succeed Barack,” Jackson spokesman Rick Bryant said. “The polls also showed he was in a strong position to win reelection in 2010, drawing strong support from virtually every demographic group.”

    Jim Manley, spokesman for Reid, acknowledged Friday that Reid called Blagojevich as well as other governors who had Senate vacancies in their respective states. “Of course Sen. Reid spoke to the governor of Illinois — just as he spoke to the governors of New York and Colorado when senators from those states accepted jobs in the new administration,” Manley said. “It is part of his job as majority leader to share his thoughts about candidates who have the qualities needed to succeed in the Senate.”
    Reid declined to reveal the specific names discussed, saying he didn’t want to embarrass anyone.

    Though Menendez did talk with Blagojevich about the appointment, he “did not suggest any names and he did not discourage the appointment of anyone,” said Matt Miller, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee which Menendez chairs.

    Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on charges he tried to sell Obama’s vacant seat in exchange for campaign funds, a job or ambassadorship. On Tuesday, he appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the post.

    Reid, as well as other Senators, have vowed to block the move. At a news conference naming Burris, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) told reporters he backed Burris because it was important that an African American hold a post in the U.S. Senate.

    An Obama transition team spokeswoman would not comment, referring reporters to a report released by Obama’s transition team before Christmas.

    The report did not specify the contact between Emanuel and the governor.

    A spokesman for Jones could not be reached for comment. A Davis spokesman declined comment.

  40. # JanH Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    Pelosi’s actions just boggle the mind.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    An axiom Clinton supporters well know. When you see them digging themselves into a hole “stand back and let them keep digging.” (if you can, hand them another shovel!)

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Now here’s Pelosi writing rules to favor the new majority (Dems).

    I remember “Contract with AMeriica.” That’s when the GOP became the majorty in Congress, isn’t it? So their rules would have favored the majority. So why is this described as Pelosi ‘re-writing’ or somehow reversing the GOP’s ‘favor the majority’ rules?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    First of all, the key sentence in the article is this:

    “and will so polarize the Capitol, that any thought President-elect Obama has of bipartisan cooperation will be rendered impossible before he even takes office.”

    Second, the majority will have a new label. The word “democrat” will replace the word Republican throughout.

    Thirdly, what will be interesting is what the Republicans comeup with standing in opposition to the changes she’s making. It could be something as simple as “grandfathering” and needing a full count of a two/thirds vote to technically BREAK the Contract…This all remains to be seen.

  41. JBStonesfan…missed Carville last night on LK…what did he say? did he have a ‘knowing told you so’ look and grin…must be the tip of the proverbial iceberg coming ahead for many…

    ……………………………….

    Exactly and reminded us how when he was on CNN with Richardson a few months back, he advised Judas his quotes were not taken out of context!!! He meant every word of it…a true Clinton loyalist -bless him.

  42. turndownobama-com Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    wbboei said: What does a man like him say to a fine young lady at his age? He asked her whether she planned to follow her mothers and fathers footsteps into politics. She said no.
    ==================

    That makes a lot of sense. The rumour that he asked Chelsea if she would go after Hillary’s seat doesn’t make much sense. He would have known Chelsea isn’t elegible till she’s 30 (two years from now). By that time, teh seat will be up for special

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You assume too much with Teddy!election anyway.

  43. jbstone, jan, wbboei,

    Thanks for your perspectives about the HRC non-story.

    I get nervous thinking they’re still plotting to make her lose everything; Senate Seat, SOS . . . .

    What a way to live, always looking over your shoulder. 🙁

  44. Panetta was a Clinton loylalist so I have no real problem with him other than the fact he has no experience in intelligence issues….he should fit in fine with Obama.

  45. The stealth pbo certainly knows how to milk the money cow for himself and his family.Has anyone made any attempt to add up all the extra expenses we taxpayers will have to foot for all his grandiose theatrics and trips that require numerous SS agent protection 24/7.Has any president ever spent so much just to be sworn in on Jan 20th?He sure is enamoured with his own stimulus packages for his many travels.He should be in Hollywood creating specials and super-market openings instead of hoping to run a country.From the Whitehouse to the Poorhouse that is the current state of the union and the next phase will be from the poorhouse to the outhouse.

    By ABM90 Hillary Hillary We need you 24/7

  46. ABM90 Great post, especially this line: “From the Whitehouse to the Poorhouse that is the current state of the union and the next phase will be from the poorhouse to the outhouse.”

    Our country does seem to be going down the cr*pper.

  47. Let me join the chorus in appreciation for ABM90’s articulate insights. You’re a treasure, ABM90!

  48. birdgal: here’s a UK article making the point that US is in decline:

    Mr Obama’s vision of change – love, brotherhood, welfare, green politics and a new spirit of idealism – could now prove as irrelevant to the challenges a new president finds himself confronting as is David Cameron’s early compassionate conservatism to his stern message today.

    Both men’s first drafts of politics got them to the launch pad; neither will fuel their rockets after lift off.

    Instead, Mr Obama will face hard choices about how much of what America does (and what Americans do) can be afforded any longer; the next four years may be the worst possible time for hugely expensive healthcare reforms, a generous helping hand to the world’s poor or a new military surge in Afghanistan.

    In 2009 the US national debt will surge by $2trillion: some 70 per cent of gross domestic product. In these circumstances the questions must be: What can we cut? Where can we pull out? What can we stop doing that we’re doing now? Mr Obama’s fight – if fight he must – will be with the forces of economic protectionism, with anti-immigrant sentiment and with organised labour feather-bedding, pension protection and job protection.

    But first, and underlying all these scraps, Mr Obama will have to find a way of being honest with Americans about their country’s fall from predominance. Reading, as I often do, the furiously chauvinistic online reaction from US citizens to any suggestion that their country can be beaten at anything, I quail for him.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/matthew_parris/article5435148.ece

  49. Funny Business in Minnesota
    In which every dubious ruling seems to help Al Franken

    Strange things keep happening in Minnesota, where the disputed recount in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken may be nearing a dubious outcome. Thanks to the machinations of Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and a meek state Canvassing Board, Mr. Franken may emerge as an illegitimate victor.

    Mr. Franken started the recount 215 votes behind Senator Coleman, but he now claims a 225-vote lead and suddenly the man who was insisting on “counting every vote” wants to shut the process down. He’s getting help from Mr. Ritchie and his four fellow Canvassing Board members, who have delivered inconsistent rulings and are ignoring glaring problems with the tallies.

    Under Minnesota law, election officials are required to make a duplicate ballot if the original is damaged during Election Night counting. Officials are supposed to mark these as “duplicate” and segregate the original ballots. But it appears some officials may have failed to mark ballots as duplicates, which are now being counted in addition to the originals. This helps explain why more than 25 precincts now have more ballots than voters who signed in to vote. By some estimates this double counting has yielded Mr. Franken an additional 80 to 100 votes.

    This disenfranchises Minnesotans whose vote counted only once. And one Canvassing Board member, State Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson, has acknowledged that “very likely there was a double counting.” Yet the board insists that it lacks the authority to question local officials and it is merely adding the inflated numbers to the totals.

    In other cases, the board has been flagrantly inconsistent. Last month, Mr. Franken’s campaign charged that one Hennepin County (Minneapolis) precinct had “lost” 133 votes, since the hand recount showed fewer ballots than machine votes recorded on Election Night. Though there is no proof to this missing vote charge — officials may have accidentally run the ballots through the machine twice on Election Night — the Canvassing Board chose to go with the Election Night total, rather than the actual number of ballots in the recount. That decision gave Mr. Franken a gain of 46 votes.

    Meanwhile, a Ramsey County precinct ended up with 177 more ballots than there were recorded votes on Election Night. In that case, the board decided to go with the extra ballots, rather than the Election Night total, even though the county is now showing more ballots than voters in the precinct. This gave Mr. Franken a net gain of 37 votes, which means he’s benefited both ways from the board’s inconsistency.

    And then there are the absentee ballots. The Franken campaign initially howled that some absentee votes had been erroneously rejected by local officials. Counties were supposed to review their absentees and create a list of those they believed were mistakenly rejected. Many Franken-leaning counties did so, submitting 1,350 ballots to include in the results. But many Coleman-leaning counties have yet to complete a re-examination. Despite this lack of uniformity, and though the state Supreme Court has yet to rule on a Coleman request to standardize this absentee review, Mr. Ritchie’s office nonetheless plowed through the incomplete pile of 1,350 absentees this weekend, padding Mr. Franken’s edge by a further 176 votes.

    Both campaigns have also suggested that Mr. Ritchie’s office made mistakes in tabulating votes that had been challenged by either of the campaigns. And the Canvassing Board appears to have applied inconsistent standards in how it decided some of these challenged votes — in ways that, again on net, have favored Mr. Franken.

    The question is how the board can certify a fair and accurate election result given these multiple recount problems. Yet that is precisely what the five members seem prepared to do when they meet today. Some members seem to have concluded that because one of the candidates will challenge the result in any event, why not get on with it and leave it to the courts? Mr. Coleman will certainly have grounds to contest the result in court, but he’ll be at a disadvantage given that courts are understandably reluctant to overrule a certified outcome.

    Meanwhile, Minnesota’s other Senator, Amy Klobuchar, is already saying her fellow Democrats should seat Mr. Franken when the 111th Congress begins this week if the Canvassing Board certifies him as the winner. This contradicts Minnesota law, which says the state cannot award a certificate of election if one party contests the results. Ms. Klobuchar is trying to create the public perception of a fait accompli, all the better to make Mr. Coleman look like a sore loser and build pressure on him to drop his legal challenge despite the funny recount business.

    Minnesotans like to think that their state isn’t like New Jersey or Louisiana, and typically it isn’t. But we can’t recall a similar recount involving optical scanning machines that has changed so many votes, and in which nearly every crucial decision worked to the advantage of the same candidate. The Coleman campaign clearly misjudged the politics here, and the apparent willingness of a partisan like Mr. Ritchie to help his preferred candidate, Mr. Franken. If the Canvassing Board certifies Mr. Franken as the winner based on the current count, it will be anointing a tainted and undeserving Senator.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123111967642552909.html

    Seems tainted elections and disenfranchisement of voters are becoming the norm in the U.S.

  50. Very good ABM 90– . . . . last call, all aboard the hopium train leaving union station, first stop massive spending + tax cuts = hyper inflation, second stop military confrontation and possible terrorist attack, third stop disillusionment an dispair, fourth stop major losses at mid term election, fifth stop a growing realizaton that he is not the messiah, and nobama. Obama: this was not my fault, all I ever promised was change, you are the ones who assumed it would be for the better. You projected your own fantasies on me and that is your problem not mine.

    Rap singers and dancers emerge and crucify a verse.

    I beg your pardon
    I never promised you a rose garden
    Along with the sunshine
    There’s gotta be a little rain–sometime

  51. Funny Business in Minnesota
    In which every dubious ruling seems to help Al Franken

    Strange things keep happening in Minnesota, where the disputed recount in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken may be nearing a dubious outcome. Thanks to the machinations of Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and a meek state Canvassing Board, Mr. Franken may emerge as an illegitimate victor.
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    Al Franken is the only guy in the world who can make Coleman look good. The only thing I can say on his behalf is Hillary campaigned for him and that causes me to wonder whether there is something good in him that I am missing.

  52. I just wish that Judas would crawl under a rock and not come out….no more smug faced media interviews, no more lies.

  53. wbboei: Al Franken is the only guy in the world who can make Coleman look good. The only thing I can say on his behalf is Hillary campaigned for him and that causes me to wonder whether there is something good in him that I am missing.
    ————————————————————————

    Well, she campaigned for BO. What does that tell you?

  54. birdgal says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Well, she campaigned for BO. What does that tell you?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hillary is an equal opportunity Democratic campaigner?

  55. If you look back in history you will find that new presidents enjoy a honey moon period during which they are immune from objective criticism and are routinely given the benefit of the doubt. At some point people wake up from their intoxicated dream and say

    but then I saw the morning sky
    hi ho the tale was all a lie
    the world it was the old world yet

    Conventional wisdom says this honeymoon will last six months depending on what happens. And then there are those who say it lasted six years for bush, and past is prologue.

    The first statement is plausible. People will need to recover from the drunken binge of his inaugeration. We need to get past the hype of his massive spending program and see the adverse effect it has on our standard of living. We have to see him fumble the ball again like he has done countless times in the past. He must reach a point where the press can no longer blame hillary for disasters and say this will not affect Obama. Six months sounds reasonable.

    The second statement is implausable. The country is in very different shape than it was eight years ago. Therefore the pressure for real time solutions is far more acute. Furthermore, Bush never claimed to be a Messiah. Therefore the burden on Obama is greater. Finally, people will call Obama to task faster than they did Bush because we have had Bush and their failure to call him to task sooner was a problem. Therefore, you cannot use the Bush template as a guide.

    Today I talked to someone whose judgment I hold in the highest regard. She argues that Obama has already had his honeymoon from press criticism these past 15 months, and once he is inauguated the real fun will begin. She sees emanations of this in todays critical comments by chuckie cheeze todd, who spoke disparagingly of obamas one president at a time comments about the gaza comment. Also, she thinks MO is in a tiff over Obamas narcissicm as he spashes around in the warm waves of Hawaii, and leaves her to deal with family issues like the trauma of one of her daughters about moving away from her friends–and washing dishes. Also, MO may be a fashion disaster but she is probably more realistic about the problems that lie ahead than he is. Trouble in paradise.

  56. Well, she campaigned for BO. What does that tell you?
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    Birdgal: it tells me she campaigned for some people she liked, for others she did not like, but was keen on ensuring a democratic victory. Where Franken fits in that bell curve I do not know. If I had to guess however I would say you are right. If I knew more about Franken I would have a better read. Let us hope if he does win he turns out to be a better senator than comic. Let us also hope that he has a strong enough moral character to oppose Obama when he thinks he is wrong. These are untested assumptions, but again I worry about him.

  57. wbboei: Yes, it was because she wanted to ensure a dimocratic victory.

    Just saw this in a posting on The Confluence:

    “Question #13 on the NY TImes puzzle The Year in Questions is : Who are the PUMAS?

    whoooot!

    we’ve made the NY Times crossword puzzle!!!

  58. wbboei:

    “Today I talked to someone whose judgment I hold in the highest regard. She argues that Obama has already had his honeymoon from press criticism these past 15 months, and once he is inaugurated the real fun will begin.”

    Absolutely- Republicans have been silent for 8 short years and you can rest assured they intend on pillorying Obama and blaming him for the mess they have created. After all, we’ve had a Democrat controlled Congress for the last 2 yrs. Now that Reid and Pelosi think they have ALL the power, Republicans will take them to school on procedure and gridlock.

  59. Reid Suggests Stimulus Package Could Reach $1.3 Trillion

    ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Reports: How expensive will the stimulus package be?

    Obama advisor David Axelrod has suggested a price tag of $675 billion to $775 billion. Others have said it could reach $1 trillion.

    But Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered up a much higher price tag — almost double, in fact, the number the Obama folks have been talking about.

    Here’s what Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at the Capitol:

    QUESTION: “Senator — Senator Reid, what kind of range are you looking at for the size of the stimulus after your talks today?”

    REID: “We — I have not received, of course, the exact package from the president-elect and his folks, but he has indicated that there’s at least 20 economists that he’s talked with, and all but one of those believe it should be from $800 billion to $1.2 trillion or $1.3 trillion.”

  60. This just in from Capitol Fax Blog….

    Judge orders release of tapes *** Genson: Release all tapes *** House lawyer: Time is of the essence *** House alters schedule ***

    Monday, Jan 5, 2009

    * 3:24 pm – Judge Holderman has authorized the release of some wiretap tapes…

    A federal judge this afternoon authorized the release of secretly recorded conversations of Gov. Blagojevich, the first such release to the governor’s lawyers since Blagojevich’s Dec. 9 arrest.

    Chief U.S. District Judge James Holderman gave defense lawyers until 5 p.m. Wednesday to say whether they approve of redactions in the conversations recommended by prosecutors. He set a Thursday hearing to discuss whether they can be released in the interest of time for the house impeachment panel.

    The disclosure comes after prosecutors requested the release of four conversations to the House panel. Prosecutors said they believed the release of the selected conversations will not impede their investigation. They said they will hand them over by noon Tuesday.

    The excerpts deal with Blagojevich’s alleged efforts to secure campaign payments from a contributor — harness racing businessman Johnny Johnston — in exchange for signing a bill that directed casino revenue to horse racing.

    Johnston’s lawyer, Daniel Reinberg, said his client was captured on tape but he was told he is not a subject or target of the investigation. Johnston’s family runs both Balmoral and Maywood Park race tracks. Johnston hired former Blagojevich chief of staff Lon Monk in 2007 to do lobbying on behalf of the racetracks, Reinberg said. Monk’s cell phone was tapped by authorities

    The question now will be whether the House wants to wait around for those tapes or press ahead without them.

    By the way, this shouldn’t be a huge surprise.

    * * * * * *
    More tidbits in comments at
    thecapitolfaxblog.com/2009/01/05/this-just-in-judge-orders-release-of-tapes/

  61. hillarygirl Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 6:05 pm
    Reid Suggests Stimulus Package Could Reach $1.3 Trillion

    * * * * * *
    You’d think they’re spending other people’s money or something. The thought of saddling our economy and taxpayers with more spending and debt is sickening. Without any accountability – where is the $800B we already gave them?

  62. and still they want to have an innaugural (sp?) ball fit for kings and queens while the homeless freeze and child hunger grows and grows.

    Shame on those morons!!!

  63. ALL HELL is Breaking Loose!

    A defiant Burris heading to Washington to stand up to Reid-

    Just posted from Pumas Unleashed:

    pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/high-noondefiant-burris-heads-to-washington-to-claim-senate-seat/

  64. The Inauguration budget should be increased to accomodate for all the ‘whitewash’ that this administration is going to take.

    Admin, so many subjects, so little time. The audio plus the visuals in your videos tell it like it is.

    Oh, yeah, tickled pink, baby.

    BTW, Newt’s site says that he may be a Presidential contender in 2012.

    Please support Terry McCauliffe in his run for Governor of VA, and other Hillary supporters who NEVER waivered on her behalf.

    http://www.terrymcauliffe.com/home

    NMF, I am always interested to hear what is really happening in your state especially with Judas.

  65. my second question is this: does Franken have any more political experience than ck? Are we starting a newtrend and hiring more comedians to run the United States of America… starting with pelosi, reid, and obamalite?

  66. JanH Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    I do admire Panetta but he is an odd choice for CIA chief.

    —————————————————————————-

    That seems to be the consensus on some other blogs, but he is free of experience with spying and torturing people.

  67. jbstonesfan

    Leon Panetta sat in on the morning intelligence briefing with President Clinton every single morning that he was his COS, according to PBS evening news tonight…along with the comment that Panetta then, surely knows more about the intelligence community than anyone Bobo knows, much less is close to.

  68. JanH Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    my question is this: why isn’t Obama saying anything about Burris?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    when people are shooting arrows at each other, the last thing you want to do is say, Hey! I’m pressed for time right now and would love to write more… but I guess you can catch the drift. I enjoy sparking with all of you. Hi, Ill Underground, Hillarygirl, NMex, and gotta go! Lata-

  69. When I think about it, I think that all of these appointments by Obama of Clinton people is of huge redemption value for President Bill Clinton. It proves to the naysayers, Obama and his mob included, that Bill had a wonderful team that together achieved some great accomplishments during his tenure.

    Yes they will carry this unprepared and unexperienced president to be, but with a wealth of experience.

  70. Emjay Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 8:14 pm
    ———————————————————–

    That was a very interesting point.

  71. Re Bobo’s Clinton-experienced former staff…

    I won’t give him the click-count, but do wonder how Markos and his gal pal Arianna are taking these appointments.

  72. That stimulus package is ALL Pure Pork…all those special school buildings, the railroad beds, the planned communities that includes commerce, multi use buildings, varied types of close-in housing, public transit options, installed Wi-Fi, etc., all pork I say – all pork.

    Now in MY state, we have a sensible plan for our share of the One Trillion….

  73. Admin> I was told that a vice president with FOX News was interviewed in the past few days, and flatly stated on the record that journalism in big media is dead. I asked for the name of this executive and my source could not recall.

    Depending on whom this was it could be an important admission against interest. What I mean is if it is someone with solid journanlistic credentals and a history with more than one company in the business then the statement could be a useful in the overall effort to impeach the crediblity of big media in the eyes of the public.

    On the other hand, if it statement was made by someone like Roger Ailes (if he is still around) or John Kasich then their past relationship with the Republican Party would case it to be dismissed even though it is demonstably true.

    Did you happen to see it and the statement sufficiently specific as to qualify as a useful admission against interest. If so perhaps you would be willing to post here and I would imagine turndown would have a use for it on PUMA sites.

  74. basil9, You need to remember that Hot Air is a right-wing blog that can’t stand Hillary (or Obama, for that matter). There’s zero evidence of “pay to play” in Hillary’s case, and the N.Y. Times article didn’t even accuse her of that. I’m sure she’ll get some questions about contributions to her husband’s library, but she’s known that for weeks and will be well-prepared. Her confirmation hearing will not be “rocky,” trust me.

  75. Burris storms in; Dems waver

    Under pressure from African-Americans in the House, Democratic leaders appear to be backing down from their vow to bar Roland Burris from the Senate under any circumstance.

    When scandal-tarred Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named Burris to Barack Obama’s Senate seat last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) issued a statement in which he said that Burris “will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17093.html

  76. Cartoon of the moment, from my clean water-deprived brain:

    First panel: Bambam at his desk, twirling.

    Second panel, he leans down and says: “how’re duin’ bro?”

    Third panel from behind the desk: Big Dawg hands up a steno pad and says…”OK, now read the first two lines VERY slowly…count to 40, and say, apologetically, “gotta go now Vladimir— get back to me in a few…ok?” And just hang up by pushing the little yellow button right there in the corner.

    He’ll need the time to go change his slacks, son, and then will call you back with the policy position you want –
    I gare-un-tee!”

    Fourth Panel: Big Dawg crawling out from under the triple panel desk…”gotta tee time son…see ya’ll in the morning…your turn for doughnuts.”

  77. Paula: what do you think the New York Times and Charlie Savage were trying to do in that article? A number of my associates see an agenda here by the newpaper and axelrod. I discussed this possiblity up above. What do you think their purpose is? Do you not believe they were seeking to imply pay to play? Sometimes you have slander by a specific statement and other times it is done by inuendo. I have not read the article and you apparently have. What do you make of it?

  78. wbboei, I don’t think Axelrod has anything to do with this. As much as I’m no huge fan of Obama, I know he’s not stupid, so having a top aide try to embarrass your pick for SoS makes absolutely no sense.

    The MSM has never needed to be prodded by anyone to try to make a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to the Clintons. I assume the N.Y. Times saw the public donor list Bill released and started looking to see if Hillary sponsored any legislation, etc., that helped any of these people or their businesses. Of course there’s no evidence of causation, as you said, or any evidence Hillary even knew who the donors were to her husband’s library. I read the article and there’s simply no there there.

  79. Paula–one other thing. I do agree this will not be a show stopper. We are well beyond that. When the powers that be decide something needs to happen issues that might give people pause get pushed aside for the sake of the larger good. Most everyone realizes that it is vitally important to the nation that Hillary be confirmed. Consequently, crackpots like Maureen Dowd who vomit Clinton hate they generally get silenced. Yet here Savage at least did not. If we have a corrupt writer or editor who is trifling with the fate of our country he needs to be exposed.

  80. repost since it is still in moderation:
    The Inauguration budget should be increased to accomodate for all the ‘whitewash’ that this administration is going to take.

    Admin, so many subjects, so little time. The audio plus the visuals in your videos tell it like it is.

    Oh, yeah, tickled pink, baby.

    BTW, Newt’s site says that he may be a Presidential contender in 2012.

    Please support Terry McCauliffe in his run for Governor of VA, and other Hillary supporters who NEVER waivered on her behalf. Add the handwww:

    terrymcauliffe.com/home

    NMF, I am always interested to hear what is really happening in your state especially with Judas.

    I think that the Huckster may not be ‘saying’ anything about Burris because he secretly wants him. lol.

  81. USA Today:

    Kennedy’s support slips in poll of N.Y. voters

    In the month since she first emerged as a possible replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, and as she has made the rounds to introduce herself to voters, Caroline Kennedy has lost support among New York voters, a poll released earlier today signals.

    Public Policy Polling says it interviewed 700 of the Empire State’s voters over Saturday and Sunday. Among its findings:

    • 44% said “they have a lesser opinion of Kennedy than they did before she started vying for the position. 33% say it’s made no difference, and 23% report now having a more favorable opinion of her.”

    • Overall, “58% now prefer (state Attorney General Andrew) Cuomo to 27% for Kennedy. Cuomo is favored by 65% of Republicans, 59% of independents, and 54% of Democrats.”

    • One month ago, Democrats preferred Kennedy to Cuomo — 44% to 23%. Clinton, Cuomo and Kennedy are all Democrats, as is Gov. David Paterson (who will choose a successor for Clinton, who is slated to be secretary of State in the Obama administration).

    The margin of error: +/- 3.7 percentage points for results based on the full survey of 700 voters; higher for results based on smaller survey groups.

    Posted by Mark Memmott at 02:01 PM/ET, January 05, 2009

  82. USA TODAY: January 5/09

    Obama names solicitor general, more top Justice posts

    Elena Kagan, dean of Harvard Law School, has been tapped by President-elect Barack Obama to be the nation’s next solicitor general.

    The Obama-Biden transition team also just announced three more names of his choices for top Justice Department posts.

    Kagan has Washington experience. During the Clinton administration, she served at various times as associate counsel to the president, deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council.

    The solicitor general represents the federal government before the Supreme Court.

    Posted by Mark Memmott at 10:58 AM/ET, January 05, 2009

  83. ‘Neighborhood Inaugural Ball’ announced; tickets free or ‘affordable’

    Saying it will be the first of its kind, President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural committee just announced there will be a “Neighborhood Inaugural Ball” at the Washington Convention Center on Jan. 20 (which is Inauguration Day).

    In a statement, the committee says:

    With tickets available free or at an affordable price, it is the first official inaugural ball of its kind to be held during a presidential inauguration. A portion of tickets for this event will be set aside for District of Columbia residents. The ball will also feature a robust interactive component, including webcasting and text messaging, to link neighborhoods across the country with the new president and this premier event. The (Presidential Inaugural Committee) will release more details soon about using technology to allow Americans who are attending neighborhood balls across the country to participate actively in this celebration.

    “This is an Inauguration for all Americans,” said President-elect Obama. “I wanted to make sure that we had an event that would be open to our new neighborhood here in Washington, D.C., and also neighborhoods across the country. Michelle and I look forward to joining our fellow Americans across the country during this very special event.”

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    there are no words!

  84. Good evening, Admin, Mrs. Smith, wbboei, JanH, Birdgal, Shortermer and Paula. First day back to work after my “staycation” – I’m so happy to have a job right now. Happy new year again to all!

    Admin, your post tonight was so nostalgic and underscores why 44 is so important. Your vigilance and analysis make it my go-to source, but it’s been invaluable as a community to process and discuss these serious issues of leadership, character, policy and politics – in addition to the admiration for our Hillary that brought us together. BTW, I always LOVE your taste in music (“Maybe” was especially obscure and awesome today) but the visuals accompanying today’s picks were more than a little bit scary – hopefully you chose them only for the mood and not for any specific prophecy.

  85. JanH Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 10:37 pm
    USA Today:

    Kennedy’s support slips in poll of N.Y. voters
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    Jan–that is good news. Makes it harder for Patterson to appoint the princess.

  86. wbboei, It’s better to get this donor stuff out there now. No one gives a rat’s ass anyway. Once she’s confirmed, her performance as SoS will take center stage.

    BTW, did Sheldon Silver talk about the polls as a reason to pick CK? Maybe someone should send him these new results. New Yorkers aren’t fools.

  87. They really need to stop this “selecting a replacement” option. It’s too corrupt. Special elections would at least give the voters a choice.

  88. JanH Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 11:42 pm
    They really need to stop this “selecting a replacement” option. It’s too corrupt. Special elections would at least give the voters a choice.
    =====================

    Another way would be for the state legislature to vote on the replacement; cheaper than a special election.

    My earlier thought was the US Senate vote on the replacement, but since the replacement will be representing his/her own state, it would be more fair for the state legislature to do it.

  89. wbboei…for what it is worth…I have heard Hannity say over and over again that ‘journalism is dead’ – he often goes on to say that he has never seen it this bad as in regarding O, etc…

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    btw, speaking of Maureen Dowd (upthread) where is she these days? I have not seen anything written by her for a couple of months now??? long vacation??
    quietly put to pasture??? Obama had her sent to Siberia???

    noticed that Coulter is now banned by NBC/MSNBC…that did not take O’s people long to eliminate all her jabs…

  90. KRQE channel 13 Albuquerque just did there nightly broadcast with an interview of Gov Richardson, and an investigative report with a review of the IRA records involved in the questionable donations.

    Evidently a number of donations were made, and then this group was award a GRIP project (Governor Richardson Impovement Projects). This covers a number of major construction projects in the state, a number that revolves around transportation, such as the rail runner which is a local train which now runs between Belen and Santa Fe. There seemed to be a good audit trail of donations, resulting in the finality of an award of a major construction project. (Funny I thought we were talking about a contract for voter registration, but the local channel was talking about the situation above).

    One interesting twist is the Mayor of Albuquerque, Marty Chavez, a significant supporter of HRC, is on the list for the position, now that Richardson has resigned. That must upset Richardson.

    Richardson is trying to paint this like he was doing this for the good of the economy, and the new administration. One has to wonder if more donations will surface.

    Admin, I have trouble linking to sites the last time I tried it, so I did not link to Channel 13. However, this information should be listed there.

  91. JanH Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 11:42 pm
    They really need to stop this “selecting a replacement” option. It’s too corrupt. Special elections would at least give the voters a choice.

    * * * * * *
    AMEN, JanH! That’s the process for most empty House seats.

  92. Illinois Underground Says:

    January 6th, 2009 at 12:32 am
    JanH Says:

    January 5th, 2009 at 11:42 pm
    They really need to stop this “selecting a replacement” option. It’s too corrupt. Special elections would at least give the voters a choice.

    * * * * * *
    AMEN, JanH! That’s the process for most empty House seats.

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    I completely agree…have you noticed (ha, ha!) how the democrats are really good at taking democracy out of being democratic…

    they rig the primaries…they have that ridiculous, convoluded caucus system that denies many their votes…and now this…one governor…and in the case of NY state, the governor was not even elected with Paterson, but one governor gets to pick the Senator…even if the voters don’t want the selection…

    going to be interesting to see what happens in NY now that CK is tanking big time in the polls…

  93. S said: …have you noticed (ha, ha!) how the democrats are really good at taking democracy out of being democratic…
    they rig the primaries…they have that ridiculous, convoluded caucus system that denies many their votes…and now this…one governor…and in the case of NY state, the governor was not even elected with Paterson, but one governor gets to pick the Senator…even if the voters don’t want the selection…
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    Yep. Obama took his own name off the ballot in MI, blocked re-votes there and in FL…. In 1996 he knocked all his opponents off the ballot and said “If you can win, you should win, and get started doing the people’s business.” Without letting the people vote on who they wanted doing their business.

  94. Turndown: this election has seen the concurrent death of jouranlistic standards on the one hand and dumbing down of the electorate along the lines of American Idol on the other, which is one more assault on the citadel of democracy.

    Years ago a professor named Mortimer Adler wrote a book called How To Read A Book. I think we the public needs a similar guide on How To Read A Newspaper Article, or Listen To A Pundit.
    If it were written by someone with a background in the field that would be best.

    The reason I mention it is because it could be a valuable tool for the website you and blue are developing. A short essay or outline on that subject it could render a great public service. Plus it would draw attention to your site.

    I would pass it along to Britt Hume who plans to write a book on the sad state of journalism. There are only two problems. First, I do not know him. Second, I don not know when his book will be written whereas we need something of this nature in the near term, in my opinion.

    As you know I have offered some preliminary thoughts on the subject, but I do not have the cv required to give it cache and legitimacy.

  95. Here is what I believe will destroy Obama.

    “Power is in truth not a nice thing. It is very heady stuff. It engenders excitement which like some radioactive field infuses the entire atmosphere in and around any place it is centered. . . It is here in and around government, in the competition for the position and the enjoyment of it that the human ego becomes deeply and helplessly engaged. . . I have seen individuals who show real signs of intoxication of spirit (from being in high office).

    Power inflicts a distortion of personality that affects not only values but relationships. No one has described it better than Henry Adams: the effect of power and publicity on men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends up killing the victims sympathies, a diseased appetite, one can scarcely use expressions too strong to describe the violence of egotism it stimulates. A friend in power is a friend lost.

  96. # JanH Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Emjay,

    Add mr. hardball himself, Matthews to that list. LOL…no more tingles for him.

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    When mr. Tingles run for the senate in PA is the time to use him as a vehicle for convoluted journalistic questions meant to question his ethical treatment of real news.

  97. The above quotation is from Ambassador George Kennan, who was Ambassador to the Soviet Union and one of Roosevelts four wise men. He was in short no stranger to power and operated around it most of his adult life. The only antecdote to this “aggravation of self” is a strong set of internal values–like Hillary has. Obama does not appear to have a set of values and so he will be very susceptible to the seductive pull of power with all it implies.

  98. When mr. Tingles run for the senate in PA is the time to use him as a vehicle for convoluted journalistic questions meant to question his ethical treatment of real news.
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    Matthews will have big trouble if he tries to run for public office. Big trouble. The public will evisceate him. He must live in a bubble not to understand the depth of the feelings against him.

  99. The question nobody in big media wants to face is what happens when the Messiah is shown to have feet of clay? The higher people build him up the further down he will fall. And big media will go down with him. Splat. It is inevitable given the forces in play.

  100. Obama is a rudderless ship devoid of the morality expected of a president by Americans. It’s pretty obvious Chicago morays will be his final nail. Bill Clinton handled power really well and the reason he will be remembered as one of the most beloved presidents in modern times.

    BC was well suited to the Presidency. He possessed all the elements necessary to govern with balance and compassion always thinking of providing Americans a better way of life.

    Nice quote for reference, wbb.

  101. Obama doesn’t have the mental prowess for juggling 100 or 1000 issues simultaneously keeping them all in the air at the same time. I’ve noticed the strain in his face long before something related becomes public. He is unaccustomed to dealing with stress and compartmentalizing problems. He is not a pressure player and could crack if he doesn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.

  102. Ball park figure how much do you think the crowning of the king will cost?
    Include extra duty for secret service in estimate?
    2 to 3 million?
    Again an appearance on SNL when a hurricane might strike was considered inappropriate, but a garish spectacle when people are hungry and perhaps losing their homes is okay?

  103. Occasionally, I’ve wondered if the SCOTUS has held out deliberately from passing judgment on the NBC issue in case it was necessary to pull the plug on his presidency. Obama may think he has a lock on the presidency, the sword cuts both ways, and I doubt he has a fall back position (another test they gave him for future reference) if that scenario becomes a reality

  104. “Ball park figure how much do you think the crowning of the king will cost?
    Include extra duty for secret service in estimate?
    2 to 3 million?”

    I would venture a guess at between 8 and 10 million. A close friend of mine, her son is a soph at Brown and as early as July, he ( the entire class?) received an Invitation to the inauguration. Of course, I was thrilled for him seeing 44 meant Hillary and the invite was a product promoted by James Carville.

  105. “The only antedote to this “aggravation of self” is a strong set of internal values–like Hillary has. Obama does not appear to have a set of values and so he will be very susceptible to the seductive pull of power with all it implies.”

    Hillary is the mirrored reverse of all Obama isn’t. Hillary is his North Star and he will gladly follow whatever advise she gives him. I wasn’t kidding when I said, take the phone off the hook for the 3 am phone call.

  106. Obama doesn’t have the mental prowess for juggling 100 or 1000 issues simultaneously keeping them all in the air at the same time. I’ve noticed the strain in his face long before something related becomes public. He is unaccustomed to dealing with stress and compartmentalizing problems. He is not a pressure player and could crack if he doesn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.
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    Mrs Smith: very insightful. That is what we are dealing with. Once the rumors of his stress fits start to leak out they will cascade. Make no mistake this is the most difficult job in the world. But never in our history has the differential between expectations and past performance been greater and never in our history have we faced such a multitude of seemingly intractable problems.

  107. Ball park figure how much do you think the crowning of the king will cost?
    Include extra duty for secret service in estimate?
    2 to 3 million?
    Again an appearance on SNL when a hurricane might strike was considered inappropriate, but a garish spectacle when people are hungry and perhaps losing their homes is okay?
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    Henry: I think you are off by a decimal point on that cost estimate. It will be very expensive. Very very lavish. And very very very wasteful in these economically depressed times. It shows poor judgment and it is only the begfinning. Massive spending and massive tax cuts. Does this reflect sound economic judment or political opportunism? I know I have argued against tax increases for small businesses which he was proposing. But not even McCain was advocating more tax cuts. Which comes first hyper inflation or bankruptcy. Or perhaps there is sound economic thinking here which is just not obvious.

  108. Hillary is the mirrored reverse of all Obama isn’t. Hillary is his North Star and he will gladly follow whatever advise she gives him. I wasn’t kidding when I said, take the phone off the hook for the 3 am phone call.
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    Mrs. Smith: you are right again, IF we assume he will behave like a rational man. A rational man in a position of leadership values the contributions of team members. He gives them support and does not perceive them as a threat. So far so good as I have previously noted.

    However, there is a big big big wild card with this guy and that is his ego. It is bigger than I have ever seen. And where that will take him– and us god only knows. Not now in the beginning but as the weight of 100 problems without easy solution come flying at him like bats out of Transylvania. And then we will find out whether he is Dr Jeckyl or Mr. Hyde. I doubt he will be the paradigm of cool calm intellect some people think he is.

  109. This massive tax and spend program is like a nuclear cocktail. If it may give temporary relief but it could also kill the patient. The tax cuts are supposed to stimulate the economy but if people are hoarding money the only thing they will do is increase the deficit and move us closer to bankrupcy and/or hyperinflation. What am I missing?

  110. “However, there is a big big big wild card with this guy and that is his ego. It is bigger than I have ever seen. And where that will take him– and us god only knows. Not now in the beginning but as the weight of 100 problems without easy solution come flying at him like bats out of Transylvania. And then we will find out whether he is Dr Jeckyl or Mr. Hyde. I doubt he will be the paradigm of cool calm intellect some people think he is.”

    His wife is a major problem. She contributes to his insecurities. Her mental makeup is only stable when presented with everyday decisions as in, “whats for lunch”… insert waffles comment here… “can’t I eat my waffles first”. Obama wouldn’t have anyone to talk to, if he didn’t have Hillary. She has the capacity to give him the peace of mind.. he’ll never find with MO.

  111. Of course, I should add to that last statement, Hillary must know, whatever ideas and solutions she gives him, he will claim the glory as his own…. so.. she better protect herself mentally for that one perhaps keeping him at arms length. If he becomes so dependent on her for answers it could escalate out of control. She always has BC as a buffer and better not hesitate using him. Handling people, especially Obama is right up his alley!

  112. I am going to cry ignorance here.
    I do not get the tax stimulus. Am i just not seeing something? i see an eight hundred dollar check from the government the same way I look at the unsolicited checks i get in the mail. here’s 4500 just sign the back and deposit. But then you pay down the road forever. okay so the checks go out and Best buy sells a bunch of tvs what then?

  113. What is the reaction from the gay community so far about waffles?
    not a question i can answer but I can relate my experiences after the Warren announcemnt. several people that I consider very intelligent and politically aware went from Senator Clinton to bambi with a vengeance when she who should be commander in chief dropped out. The discussions i have had thus far are a mix of rage and utter denial. The saddest part is that those who are enraged have spent alot of their adult lives working for a better world for everyone and now they are ships without a port. I took no solace when they told me that I was right. i wish I hadn;t been.

  114. Anniversary note: Four years ago this week Barack Obama was sworn in as a United States Senator.

    (Not related) Panelists on Lou Dobbs last night seemed to think the CK thing is over.

  115. i just asked a gay friend of mine who is an MD what he thought about bambi’s recent moves and after a long sigh he said sounds like he has already started running for 2012 fefore doing a damned thing!!!!!!!!!!

  116. The present fiasco going on in our nation’s political system can only get worse when Pres.Stealth climbs that fence post called the Oval Office and the flow of stimulus benefits begin to flow to all the supporters of the Messiah.This is “The Legacy of Restitution” we heard about during the BO campaign.Now it will be called “The Extended Warranty”for Corp.and Voters Welfare.
    It is time to go back in time and ressurect an old national anthem proposal that has never diminished in reality since it’s introduction on Broadway in the 20,s aqnd 30,s.It should make a comeback on Jan 20 in two weeks.
    Songs of the Great Depression

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    “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime,” lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931)

    They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
    When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
    They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
    Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

    Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
    Once I built a railroad; now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
    Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
    Once I built a tower, now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

    Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
    Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
    Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
    And I was the kid with the drum!

    Say, don’t you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
    Why don’t you remember, I’m your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

    Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
    Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
    Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
    And I was the kid with the drum!

    Say, don’t you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
    Say, don’t you remember, I’m your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?


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  117. Admin, I have provided a link to the NM Grip story, and it is caught in moderation. Please release it or link it directly if you can.

  118. ABM90,

    My parents grew up during the depression. The stories they told me of how their families survived just broke my heart.

  119. krqe.com/dpp/news/politics/politics_krqe_albuquerque_grip_adviser_aided_richardson_pac_200801060200

    This is the link without the http://

    and the www.

  120. Well, it looks like we have two fraud stories about Richardson

    1. Something to do with awarding a contract to register native american and hispanic voters

    2. The awarding of a Grip contract

    We still have to go a few things

    1. His extra hours activies?

    2. Where did the money come from for the new Executive Jet purchased for his transportation?

  121. You will not beleive this. Yesterday on AOL there was this gushng story on how MO has returned fashion to the Presidency, and a sentence going after HRC for some sort of plaid outfit that she had worn in the past.

    Amazing how people see things two different ways.

  122. I am sure Ali Babba and his forty thieves want a dimocrat in Minnesota, isn’t that where the bridge fell last year? I always thought the illinois mob was into those government highway/bridge contracts where they could extract millions from us taxpayers.

  123. An earlier post stated the need for a new democratic party. I agree.

    Here is something to think about. I am very active in animal rescue and animal rights. There is a huge segment of the population that is organized and for whom these issues are paramount. I believe that there are enough of these voters to swing an election. Neither party has involved itself, for example, in advocating a federal ban on puppy mills…the major contibutor to millions of young, healthy dogs being killed each year in this country. That is primarily because both major parties are so indebted to big business and puppy mills are big business as well as blood money.

    I hope that an honest, centrist democratic party can emerge . Please think about harnessing the energy, organization and votes of americans who care deeply about animal rights.

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