"I think he's impatient. He doesn't like homework.
And homework means reading or getting briefed or having a debate.
And part of the presidency, part of governing, particularly in this area, is homework,
-- Bob Woodward, closer to Dubya than any other media whore
Excerpt: I find myself in a very strange position this
week. When the world was overtaken by Obamamania last year,
I was a late swooner. Some may recall that I
even occasionally criticized him. So why am I mainly happy with
the way Obama's handled the presidential transition,
when so many early swooners, especially in the blogosphere
and mainstream media, are so critical?
Since his most controversial move is considering
Hillary for secretary of state, it's clear my respect for
Clinton has a lot to do with it...
If he believes she can contribute to his foreign
policy, but most important, carry it out; that she can represent
him well and inform his worldview; that she can
improve our standing abroad, well, then, I believe she can, too.
This choice is not a popularity contest; it's
all about the person the president believes can best represent his
foreign policy and America's interests in the
world. He has to deeply trust the man or woman in that role.
Many of Obama's supporters are ready to throw
him under a bus for considering Hillary.
Why do so many of Obama's fans not trust his
Excerpt: Conservatives think the election results prove
that conservatism is in trouble. Actually, conservatism is fine.
It's the Republican Party that's in trouble...In
the United States, conservatism is a philosophy without a party...
For the sake of my long-suffering conservative
friends as well as the country, it's time to unravel the
conflation of conservatism and the Republican
Why do I care? Simple: America needs conservatives--real
conservatives. Deficit hawks, America Firsters
and get-that-dang-guvmint-outta-my-bizness types
are essential watchdogs of fiscal responsibility and
personal freedom. Moreover, ideological diversity
sparks intellectual innovation.
If Republicans were actually conservatives, their party would be more
But the party of smaller government was hijacked by the religio-crazies
and the Neo-Cons.
"I regret it. I mean, you know, Iím going forward.
You can take from the word 'regret' what you will.
I wish I had not said some of the things Iíve said. But again,
we all do it."
-- Kissyface, rationalizing his backstabbing, Link
Excerpt: Vatican media are praising the Beatles' musical
legacy and sounding philosophical about John Lennon's
boast that the British band was more popular
The newspaper as well as Vatican Radio last week
noted the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' "White Album."
It said the album demonstrated how creative the
Beatles were, compared with what it called the "standardized,
stereotypical" songs being produced today.
Hey, shouldn't you guys be busy scaring the sick and the old?
Don't you have some money to swindle or some child encounters to cover
"I would put the record of this administration
up against any American administration or any other government
around the world in terms of promoting universal human rights and
pushing for human rights." --
State Dept. spokesperson Sean McCormack, talking about the Bush bastards
who promoted the policies of rape, kidnapping, torture and murder
If what they did was decent and honorable,
why will they all need pardons?
Why is everyone talking of the so called Big 3
as though it's just some big f-king empty building
with just a few CEO's sitting in it? The U.S.
auto industry involves hundreds of thousands of
active employees and even more retired employees.
And fuck Toyota, they don't have nearly the number
of people working here in the U.S. as that
writer thinks, and they don't have to worry,
at least yet, about retirees. Hell, if they don't have
retirement plans like the Big 3 and employees
count on 401(K)s they never will have to!!
And where the fuck do you think Toyota's profits
If you don't think it affects you...well if Ford
goes belly-up and files bankruptcy I could lose 40%
of my pension that I now live on...that's if
the Federal Pension Guaranty program don't go broke
under the burden...I wouldn't be able keep subscribing
And this crap about the Big 3 not making vehicles
that Americans want...
they sell more vehicles total than all the foreign
Ron, I understand your frustration but *I* didn't cause Detroit's troubles.
My position is this: The GOP takes bribes from the health care
to make health care affordable only for people with big money.
It shouldn't cost
your life savings if someone spends a few days in the hospital - but
Republican health care bribes is the primary reason why Detroit can't
The greedy Republicans are the enemy here - we should aim our fire
Excerpt: Hillary's first major policy charge -- healthcare
-- rapidly disintegrated into such epic drama
that management schools will study it for decades
as a paradigm of cautionary tales.
That sentence uses a lot of words but it says
absolutely nothing. I could say,
"PM Carpenter's mindless rants rapidly disintegrate
into such epic drama that creative writing schools will study it for
decades as a paradigm of cautionary tales," but what would that sentence mean?
Then, Hillary's rise to the Senate was a byproduct
of Ö drama.
Actually, the voters of New York decided they
liked her better than the Republicans
she ran against - it's called democracy.
Then, her subsequent fall from greater potential
power was the result of Ö drama.
Actually, the voters decided they liked Obama
better - what's your problem with democracy?
I could say, "PM Carpenter's mindless rants
are a byproduct of ...drama," but what would that mean?
I could say, "PM Carpenter's mindless rants
are a result of ...drama," but what would that mean?
I try to only type sentences that have some meaning
Yet the Obama transitioners anticipated -- what?
-- that Clintonian drama would suddenly be a thing of the past?
Maybe the "Clinton drama" is in the eye of the
Why do dozens or hundreds of pundits
make a living off discussing "Clinton drama?"
Without that fabulous "Clinton drama" to write
about, what would their lives be like?
What would occupy their minute-by-minute thoughts
without "Clinton drama" guiding them?
Could it be that PM Carpenter hates the Clintons
more than he likes Obama?
Quick! What's the difference between PM Carpenter and
...the very last thing a president-elect wants
to do is darken the glow with controversy.
Especially self-inflicted controversy.
But that's what Team Obama did when it
suggested to Hillary a highchair in the cabinet.
Oh, so Barack Obama didn't make that decision?
It was "Team Obama" who made the decision, not the President-Elect?
Who are these mystery people making Obama's decisions for him - I'd
like to know.
Why is PM Carpenter and, to a lesser degree, Buzzflash
attacking Obama's decision-making?
So far, *I* think he's doing great and *I* intend to back this Democratic
I wish all Democrats would, ...but we tend to knife our best in the
Interesting... The comments that came in, in order, were:
is a GREAT choice!
is a good choice for Sec of State!
there could be alot more upside potential, and depth, to an HRC as Secretary-State
rationalize and spin anyway you want - whatever it takes to make you feel
better. It's obvious that
Obama's choice of Hillary as SOS
has kicked your blood pressure up several notches, which means, of course
...it was the right decision.
"At this point Lieberman must be wondering
just what kind of crap he has to pull in order to get kicked out of this namby-pamby
party. The guy's had a nice long political life and he might as well start trying to have a little
fun, right? Joe, we want to watch this go down. It's time to do all you can to see how far you can
push these fools...Enough of this betrayal crap. Lieberman should literally take a knife and drive
it into the back of a Democratic Senator. When the Senator falls to the ground at Lieberman's
feet, Joe should shout "I did this! I stabbed this Senator in the back! Me! Joe Lieberman!" The Democrats
will hastily jump from their seats and name Lieberman the new Senate Majority Leader." -- Bob Powers,
not happy about Obama forgiving Kissyface, Link
and Yale Are they still considered good schools?
George W Bush, the stupidest president ever, obtained degrees from both
The evidence suggests that any fool with money can buy a degree from
Harvard and Yale.
If your Daddy is a big shot and if he has a big wallet and important
you get a degree from Harvard and Yale. It's that simple.
How can these schools maintain their reputation or integrity knowing
Bush is "proof"
of how "high" the standards are at these once-respected halls of learning?
While we're on the subject - why is the University of Idaho giving out
to swimsuit models who don't know that Africa is a continent, not a
Lucky for George W. Bush that we all met Sarah Palin while he was still
Bush was a multi-"Stupidest politician in history" winner, but then
Sarah came along
and showed us what real stupidity was.
Sidebar: Did you see that video
of Palin on Hardballs Friday?
Palin was at some photo shoot in Alaska where she "pardoned" a turkey.
Afterwards, she did an interview with a local TV station and behind
a man is shoving live, gobbling turkeys into a funnel where they were
The headless turkeys were then seen flapping and kicking their little
legs in the air.
It looked like Pol Pot doing an interview while his men chopped up kids.
Tweedy kept screaming, "Oh no, it's Marie
Antonette all over again." as tho that was some kinf of clever comment.
And the whole time, Palin is chattering on, oblivious to the carnage.
Bart, last issue, Roland Poche said that the media
did not kill Vince Foster.
Vince Foster, on the other hand, said in his
suicide note that he was driven
to kill himself by the Wall Street Journal --
in other words, the media did kill Vince Foster.
"I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore,
and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody
to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and
I could just be choking the life out--is this wrong?" --
Glenn Beck, CNN's pet Fascist dog, Link
A gun in your home is 22 times more likely to
shot you or someone you know,
than some intruder or bad guy...
That might be true for a gun in some homes, but
not in my home.
Of course, I'm a sane adult with no kids and
a stable marriage.
The only one getting shot is some scumbag trying
to get inside my house.
Truly the 2nd amendment has it`s merits, but in
the hands of some licensed gun owners,
firearms treaten all of our safety, not just
you NRA membas require protection....
ask the student body of Vir. Tech.
What if the VT shooter drove a car into a crowd
and killed 35 people?
Would you want to ban cars?
How often have you needed your firearm to defend
or too consider suicide for endorsing the Sen
from N.Y .;;;;
To answer your question - twice I've had to pick
up my Glock because of
an unexplained noise that turned out not to be
a home invading scumbag.
When you think your life might be in danger,
there's nothing more comforting than a Baby Glock
in your hand.
there are too many guns tho dude, you're not overthrowin
the gov with deer rifles and pistollas ..
you still one of my political gurus, Bart.......and
still recommend your page to some.
Stay strong, seeeker of wisdomn and truth.
Don Wick (Bitter in Pennsylvania)
I don't own guns to overthrow the government.
If scumbags stay outside my house, my guns will only be fired at the
...but what to you
do when you wake up to breaking glass?
If you're lucky enough to be white and live in a good neighborhood where
the police don't mind
driving at night and your phone works and the dispatcher not only answers
the phone but does her
job in a timely and efficient manner and a dedicated patrol cop gets
the call and he's nearby and
maybe the guy who broke the glass is slow or injured himself and when
the cop shows up, if he
doesn't mistakenly shoot you - you should be OK.
"Youíre living in a world that no longer exists.
I, along with millions of Americans, clearly see the world the way it as - and we embrace
what it can be. You, on the other hand, seem incapable of looking for new ideas or moving
beyond what worked in the past...Obama's election is a movement of the people that you most
fear. Itís a movement of progress - and your words on FOX News only show how truly desperate
you are to maintain control of a world that is changing before your very eyes." --
Candace Gingrich, writing to her brother Newt, Link
The reason we don't have electric cars is simple,
about half the profit in selling a car comes from
selling parts and service down the road.
Tell me, how many electric motors have YOU had to have
repaired in your life? Burning out an electric
motor that's of a proper size for the job it is doing is an
uncommon event, much less common than repairing
an internal combustion engine. Profits would drop
like a brick in an electric car world.
Years ago, after the first oil crisis, Popular
Mechanics started running plans for electric and hybrid cars.
They were designed to have a steel roll cage
around the occupants, then everything else was easily
replacable plastic and foam panels. They
claimed actual test mileage as high as 200mpg for the hybrid types.
Some of those plans (not all by any means) are
still around. And the original plans were done
with early 80's technology. Things have
changed a bit since then.
This idea that "nobody can build a 200mpg car"
is simply false. It's been done. Hundreds of people
have built their own high mileage vehicles, or
simply gone to electric cars they built themselves.
Others let professionals convert their cars to
Kind of funny, with all this floating around out
there, somehow the Big Three (soon to become the Big Zero)
can't seem to get it together and build an economical
cheap electric car that will last at least 7 years without
falling apart. One would almost think they
consider their products as disposable items like razor blades,
that should wear out quickly and be replaced
with a newer model, never mind what it does to your budget.
And of course every car has to be packed to the
gills with luxury items that most of us neither want
nor can afford - so they have to become "standard".
Given the legal ramifications of "onstar", I've
already said that any vehicle I buy that comes with that
as a standard will have some wires cut as soon
as I can get my hands on a pair of pliers.
And that's the way it is. I'd be for a loan
to the car companies, but they'd have to have
a complete management turnover first, and that
doesn't appear likely at this point.
Luck to you Bart,
I agree with lots of that, but what do you have
It works, I've used it on rentals and wish I
could put it in my car.
It's like insurance - you hope you never have
to use it
but having it that one time when you need it
might save your family.
Excerpt: One of the first things Obama did after winning
the election two weeks ago was put an old-school
political brawler in charge of his White House.
Next, he saved Kissyface. Then, he met with McCain,
and asked Hillary to run his State Department.
For good measure, he's also apparently weighing whether
to keep George W. Bush's Defense secretary, Robert
Gates, on at the Pentagon.
This is the guy Republicans called a socialist,
maybe a Marxist, and National Journal said was the most
liberal member of the U.S. Senate? McCain aides
were saying on Election Night that their own polling
showed 60 percent of the country thought Obama
was a liberal (and many voted for him anyway).
Barely two weeks into the transition, that number
might already be dropping fast."
Expectations for Obama were so high, any slice of reality has his hardcore
fans doubting him.
Democrats should give the guy a chance before we stab him in the back.
With cars lasting longer than they used to and
the economy in a recession
I question if there is enough of a market to
keep all three of the "Big 3" automakers in business.
Maybe instead of having all 3 burning through
taxpayer money we should let them start to fold
and give a few billion to the last one standing.
If GM and Chrysler, who are considered the weakest,
were to fold, Ford and other US automakers who
employ Americans in the south would get a boost.
I just don't see where we can afford to pay Detroit
to make cars that no one is going to buy.
Whadda mean nobody! I read the article.
It's interesting, but contains some misconceptions.
I read those side links about a third of the
time, so either your counter didn't work or you're exaggerating.
Naah, you wouldn't exaggerate, would you?
Jimm in Texas
We use a Google counter - I assume that's accurate
I've found that liberals have quite a challenge
with links and scrolling.
Excerpt: Obama has also drawn criticism from the left
and the right for turning to former members of the
Clinton Administration for considerable help
in his transition and during the early stages of his administration.
But the reason Obama is doing this is simple:
he's not dumb. Why wouldn't he draw from what was, arguably,
among the most successful peace-and-prosperity
presidencies in American history - one which found Bill Clinton
leaving office with an over-60 percent approval
rating? Barack would have to be a fool not to tap into that gold mine.
Who did the Obama fans think he was going to hire?
Why not hire from the best administration of our lifetime?
Some people would rather see Obama fail than see a Clinton assist him.
For six seasons, we watched Tony Soprano deal with his home life
and the criminal organization he leads. Audiences everywhere tuned in
to see who was next to be whacked. Celebrate "the greatest show in TV history", in this
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Subject: Electric car and
There were turbine engine Chrysler prototypes
at the 1964 World's Fair . Three of them that I know of.
The engine had one moving part (the turbine wheel)
and one ,either spark plug ,or glow plug or similar ignitor.
They would drive one continously,around the Chrysler
pavillion which had a (of course) futurific design and a
roadway that snaked aroound the building. I went
to that fair four times and knew about these cars early from
Popular Science,a great mag at that time.
There was a "spielmaster" who gave a talk about
the car. One part of his talk said that if you were late for work
and low on gas you could put your alcohol based
shaving lotion in and drive! Many combustible(and cheap) fluids
would work. They put the engine in their convertible
model but with "futuried" body customizing and in the new
copper color. guess I tipped my hand as a car
Where are these cars now and how much ( like the
would they have improved by now with the technology
It would seem that Detroit has decided not to
build and sell fuel-efficient cars.
Maybe we should make it illegal for greedy oil bastards to own car-manufacturer
Bart, are you aware that there are about 198,000
corporate or kill-for-hire military personnel in Iraq,
versus 148 thousand regular US military personnel.
Blackwater being the largest. What do you suppose
these blood thristy goons are going to do when
Obama starts to have us leave Iraq?
I worry when I listen to C-Span in the morning
and listen to all the looney white trash, who short of
threatening Obama's life spread there hate over
the boob tube, thus giving the idiot boobs fuel for more
goofy unholy thoughts. I had to change the channel
this morning from C-Span to a Bugs Bunny cartoon
because I couldn't take any longer. I need more
PS: Would 198,000 goons be able to control the
US population in case of a civilian uprising?
Remember these festering puss bags have no souls.
New Orleans found that out.
I urge you to co-sponsor Rep. Jerrold Nadler's
H.Res. 1531 urging President Bush not to pardon
senior members of his administration for crimes
authorized by the President - and to investigate those
crimes both in the House and the Justice Department,
and prosecute if warranted.
If they warned him up-front not to do this it might have an impact
but when have the Democrats ever used their heads and thought about
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