"I know everyone is obsessed with the 'team
of rivals' idea right now, but I feel incredibly frustrated. Even after two landslide elections in a row,
are our only governing options as a nation either all right-wing Republicans, or a centrist mixture
of Democrats and Republicans? Isn't there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?
It is just so very frustrating. It seems like the only place progressives are making any gains
is in the House. We are being entirely left out of Obama's major appointments so far. I guess everyone
gets to play in Obama's administration, except progressives."
-- Chris Bowers,
Democrats - they never pass up a chance to criticize their president.
Who does the Left want appointed that they're not getting?
Are they hoping Kucinich will get Secretary of Defense?
Or is this all about wanting Hillary to be driven out of politics?
Excerpt: Why the huge double standard? Wall Street firms,
remember, also screwed up. Indeed, they're the ones
that drove us into the ditch in the first place.
So why should they get all the dollars they want with no questions
asked and no strings attached, yet Detroit be
forced to jump through so many congressional hoops? Or why,
as decided by George Bush and Hank Paulson --
and endorsed by Congress -- should banks and financial
institutions get the entire $700 billion, while
automakers most likely get not a penny of federal assistance?
For Republicans, we know the answer: because Wall
Street is non-union, and Detroit is all-union. Because
Wall Street is white-collar and Detroit is blue-collar.
Because Wall Street is upper-class and Detroit is middle-class.
And Republicans would rather swallow glass than
help a middle-class, blue-collar union member.
Making Hillary Secretary of State is kinda like
sending your kid to summer camp.
She'll have fun, and you'll have fun. Lotsa
free time and an open road for Obama
without his (possibly) biggest stickler on healthcare...among
It is a thing of brilliance.
She maintains respect and he gets an administration
free of criticism from Big Dog and Hil.
They'll be there to advise, but no need for consent...
“Voting for a pro-abortion politician when
a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation
with intrinsic evil.”
-- Father Jay Scott Newman, a Catholic Priest in Carolina, Link
Guys like this are just begging to have their ass kicked,
but when you try,
they say, "You would hit a man wearing
I'm getting tired of these dorks who confuse their politics with
Besides, the "plausible pro-life alternative"
was a war-mongering old fool.
Does God not care about Muslim children having their arms &
legs blown off?
Excerpt: With two months still to go before his inauguration,
Obama and his transition team are already getting off
on the wrong foot, signaling that they have no
intention of investigating the Bush bastards for possible war crimes.
What we're talking about here is torture of suspects
in American custody in a grotesque violation of both
our treaty obligations under the Geneva Conventions
and our historic principles as a democratic nation.
By their own machinations and attempts to redefine
and pervert both treaties and our own laws, Bush, Cheney,
Rumsfeld, Ashcroft and Gonzales and others sought
to shield themselves from, or put themselves above, justice.
I hope Obama knows that he's head for a massive shitstorm.
The Democrats are after him, the Republicans are after him
and soon the press will turn on him and he'll then become a Clinton.
Seems like the whole world loves Obama,
except for the Americans, of course.
"Not a single, solitary, actual dyed-in-the-wool
progressive has, as far as I can tell, even been mentioned for a position in the new administration.
Not one. Remember this is the movement that was right about Iraq, right about wage
stagnation and inequality, right about financial deregulation, right about global warming and
right about health care. The emerging establishment consensus on all of these issues came from
the left...And yet, no one who comes from the part of American political and intellectual life that
has given birth to all of these ideas is anywhere to be found within miles of the Obama cabinet
thus far. WTF?" --
Christopher Hayes, not mentioning who's been slighted,
Democrats - they never pass up a chance to criticize their president.
Obama won and he gets to appoint anyone he wants and STILL they're
As we approach the governing stage, the Left seems very unhappy
with the choices he's making.
Besides dumping Hillary, what would make the Left happy?
What do they want that Obama's not giving them?
Subject: Obama ... Clinton
"drama" ... and knives in the back
Don't worry, you'll have lots to write about over
the next 4 years.
Listening to rants of the likes of PM Carpenter,
progressive blog posters attacking
Obama's decision-making, and the rest of the
unrest that is already starting ...
By Jan 21st (22nd at the lastest), the House Democrats
will be ready to impeach President Obama.
For what? Koresh only knows, but I'm sure they'll
come up with something.
RJ in San Francisco
Excerpt: You've got to hand it to Philip J. Berg: he doesn't
give up easily. You might recall that Philadelphia attorney
Berg tried, and failed, to halt the presidential
election of Barack Obama on the grounds that he is not a
native-born citizen. Game over, right? Wrong.
Berg filed a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme
Court in late October, asking that the highest court review
the decision of the U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania...His
writ, he says, requires Obama and the Democratic
National Council to respond by December 1. Also,
he has another arrow in his quiver. He's filed in the U.S.
District Court in Washington, D.C., under the
False Claims Act, which is often used in Medicaid fraud.
"I am basing this on the fact that as a U.S.
senator (Obama) is collecting money illegally because he is
not a citizen of this country," he says.
Hawaii's Sec of State has certified Obama's birth
certificate as real.
How many times does a man have to prove where
he was born?
And remember, it was illegal for two Texas oil
men to run on the same ticket in 2000.
But as always, the Democrats looked the other
way when the Bush bastards ran afoul of the
Constitution and allowed Cheney to pull that
that I'm-really-from-Wyoming horseshit
he clearly lived and worked in Dallas.
"Little did we know that 'Change we can believe
in' really meant 'Change that will delight the Right and freak out the Left.' But if the rumors
about Obama's cabinet picks are any clue, it may be that both conservatives and liberals had Barack
Obama pegged wrong. If several months ago someone had said that the Obama administration would
be chocked full of Clinton administration retreads and have a national security team featuring
the woman who advocated bombing Iran to smithereens in the event it launched a nuclear attack
on Israel, few would have believed it. But that's what seems to be in the offing." -- Jennifer Rubin,
Democrats - they never pass up a chance to criticize their president.
Am I the only one willing to give Obama a chance?
Christ, he's still 55 days from being sworn in and already the
Left is disappointed.
Tweety was recently criticized for saying, "Right
now, America needs a successful presidency." Think we can get the Left to agree with that?
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Seems OnStar ruffles feathers regarding privacy.
This website calls OnStar "one of the best tools available
that the government and big business could use
to invade your privacy." The company can learn, from OnStar,
that you were speeding, not wearing your seatbelt,
and visiting that strip club. So can a hacker not working for them.
The How Stuff Works website is less excited but
"OnStar says that it passes this information on
to auto manufacturers to improve vehicle safety.
However, critics speculate that it could also
be used to:
auto manufacturers of wrongdoing
at fault in an accident
your car insurance premiums or change your coverage"
'"It's too early to tell what changes Hillary
will bring to Obama's foreign policy, but she's already had an enormous effect
on his brand. Her addition to his team has turned "No Drama Obama" into "Mo'
Drama Obama." --
Arianna Huffington, manufacturing the drama she claims to hate,
Bart, you and I used to be on the same page but
you have entered the realm of that peice of crab Limbaugh.
Well, that's a pretty awful accusation to hurl
at an old friend.
Palin didn't know what was happening and shame
on the Alaska tv station for playing it
but she is innocent much like Chelsea was when
the pigboy called her the Whitehouse dog.
Did Chelsea introduce herself to the world by mocking a Black man?
Was Chelsea a power-hungry lightweight trying
to grab Earth's car keys?
Did Chelsea wink at her male admirers, trying
to excite them sexually?
Was Chelsea trying to get a heartbeat from running
the world without
holding a single press conference to answer simnple
Have more integrity as you can and have done.
You don't need that cheap laugh.
Despite my Governor being somewhat ignorant and
she is not retarded and has done some good for
So - we can't do Obama jokes and we can't do Palin
What's a Tequila Treehouse supposed to do if
everyone has a
"Do not joke about me"
sign around their neck?
"A replacement for Colmes? How about a punching
bag with a smiley face." -- charles,
"I've often joked that FOX must be holding
Colmes's family hostage to get such a consistently weak performance out of
him. Looks like his family's finally been freed."
-- Trevor J,
"Colmes was a pathetic pushover stooge. A real
liberal would've socked Hannity in the mouth about 200 times by now given the ludicrous
and often offensive idiocy he spews...instead, Colmes would sit there like the paid
eunuch he is."
I agree - Colmes is a pathetic pushover
His job was to lose to Hannity on every
His job was to make Hannity look smart,
Colmes may find he's not loved by anybody
once he leaves FOX.
Excerpt: Much is being made of the fact that the new administration
is being peopled with familiar Democratic faces,
after more than a year of Barack Obama campaigning
on the promise of bringing real change here.
Particularly prominent in the list of actual or
likely appointees are scores of Clinton administration veterans,
from Hillary and Rahm Emanuel to lower-level
Clintonites. Questions abound from the Obama faithful
about whether this is, as the Obama slogan put
it during the campaign, "Change You Can Believe In."...
Obama has seemed so far to be proceeding cautiously,
to assure a smoother beginning than Clinton had
in 1993. Part of that caution has been looking
to known quantities in the party who contributed to what was
by and large a successful Clinton administration,
barred mostly by its leader's own flawed personal behavior.
I'm sure glad this writer was able to snark in some shit about Bill
We're seeing the worst of the Democrats right now.
Even when we win, all we can do is whine and complain.
And for the tenth time, from where did they think Obama would get his
Was he supposed to hire people from Ireland?
Was he supposed to hire people from Japan?
No, he's hiring Americans with experience in government - what's wrong
Who are the experienced Lefties that Obama refuses to hire?
I spent most of 2008 feeling like the only blogger backing Hillary.
Am I going to spend the next four years being the only bloggger backing
Bart: I know there are many Obama supporters
out in the Blogosphere who trash him for considering
HRC for any position in his administration. These
people are Hillary Haters, would complain if he hired her
as White House dog walker. Every normal person
I have spoken with about the decision to consider HRC
for Secretary of State thinks it is one of the
best things he could do.
Of course, my Republican friends wonder why he
didn't choose McCain, but you can only go so far.
Actually, choosing McCain would have been a great
move. Cabinet members serve at the pleasure of
the President, and have very little policy discretion.
Wouldn't it be nice to see the wingnut fringe react to that?
They would go even farther right and nominate
Palin right now. And, we can beat Palin any time.
John in Topeka
"I don't want to have to drive one of these
little pea-brain cars that Obama thinks everybody ought to be in, nor do I want to drive
one of these newfangled electric things. No, not in the land of the free and the home of the brave
-- where we have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." -- the vulgar Pigboy, willing to let
thousands of soldiers die for more SUVs
> Republican health care bribes is the primary
reason why Detroit can't compete. > The greedy Republicans are the enemy here
- we should aim our fire at them.
I think they can't compete because they make cars
that people don't want to buy
and because they don't make them as well as the
Japanese do. I agree that health care
costs also add to their burden but they competed
just fine for a lot of years.
You are right that the greedy Republicans are
the enemy here though -- right wingers use
health care as an excuse to cut benefits without
replacing them with a national health care.
The point is Detroit could sell cars cheaper -
maybe $2000 cheaper - if the Republican
bastards weren't accepting bribes to inflate
the cost of health care beyond all reason.
Remember, most civilized countries have free
health care. We're the only country
that charges for health care so we can avoid
the dreaded "socialism" label. Can't have that.
We'd rather pay $75
for aspirin than allow the same "socialized medicine"
that's practiced by the 535 members of the House
and the Senate.
Excerpt: Having two presidents is starting to feel like
having no president, and that’s the situation we’ll face
until Inauguration Day. Heaven help us...
The problem, and it’s becoming serious, is that
no one is prepared to orchestrate a comprehensive
program to stabilize the financial system, put
a floor under housing prices and keep the economy
from sinking into a long, punishing recession...
James Baker made an amazing suggestion on "Meet
the Press" Sunday - that Bush and Obama develop
and announce a joint economic rescue program.
It was a stunning acknowledgement of how weak the
Bush presidency has become and how dangerous
it would be to spend the next two months meandering
from crisis to crisis.
But that’s the road we’re on. When I get frustrated
with Paulson’s zigzags and reversals, with his
overnight decisions to buy huge companies or
write hundred-billion-dollar checks, I remind myself
that he doesn’t really have a president to work
I think the left wingers who hate Hillary are
just as insane
as the right wing nut jobs who impeached Bill.
The drama is all in their pea brains and like
you I can't understand
what was so bad about 8 years of peace and prosperity.
(I was an Obama supporter from the beginning
but never a Hillary hater.)
Lieberman lies and lies again.
And when Shelly Sindland calls him on the lying,
Lieberman just lies some more.
But it doesn't matter to him, simply because
he's never had to pay any real price
for the years of lies and the backstabbing. That's
just politics to Joe Lieberman.
And not surprising in the slightest is the ass-kissing
of Barack Obama.
Expect his lips to be firmly planted there for
the foreseeable future.
> 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.
General Motors could have built fast-burn electric
motors at any time.
I worked in the design shop at GE in Louisville
where we once designed the motors used in
refrigerator compressors. Theoretically, we could
adjust the width and/or materials used in the
windings of those motors and alter the expected
years of service from 30 years to 30 minutes.
We could do the same thing with the tubing that
contained the "Freon" in refrigerators.
By using different metals and/or solders we could
either ensure a refrigerator didn't leak
an ounce of Freon in 30 years, just as they did
back in the 1940's and 50's, or we could
almost guarantee a substantial leak within weeks.
GE had the same kind of "quality control" over
paint jobs, washer transmissions, and damn
near everything else they built. They called
it "planned obsolescence", and it's an American specialty.
While Ford and Chevy were learning to build prettier
shit the Japanese were learning to use
special metals to coat critical points in the
engines and transmissions of their cars to extend
the usefulness of those parts by as much as 300%.
Designing an electric motor that burns
out fast would be easier than building one to
Excerpt: It took seven seasons, but The Shield's
Vic Mackey finally gets his reckoning tonight. Michael Chiklis'
groundbreaking TV cop shocked viewers in his
very first episode by shooting an undercover officer in
the face, killing him. The act re-emerges,
along with an avalanche of other illegal activities committed
over the years by Mackey's team, in the series'
90-minute finale (FX, 10 ET/PT).
Neither Chiklis nor Shield creator Shawn Ryan
would discuss Vic's fate, which could range from death
to jail to getting away with it all, but it will
be definitively revealed, unlike the blackout that ended The Sopranos.
If you saw last week's episode, you know how exciting this ending might
be. Shane and his wife
went all Bonnie and Clyde on us and I predict Shane won't be alive
when the ending credits roll.
Vic got immunity for all crimes he confessed to - so he confessed to
The idiots at the FBI realized too late that they gave immunity to
a serial killing monster. But what about Ronnie? He got no immunity and he doesn't know
Vic flipped - yet.
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