"Just after William Henry Harrison had passed
away thirty days into his term from pneumonia and before Polk took the oath of office, Melvin
Irving, a White House butler, was placed in charge of the Republic for fifteen minutes until
Polk got back from the bathroom due to severe colon distress over his sudden and unanticipated rise to
Commander in Chief."
-- Karl Rove, saying Irving was a worse president than Bush,
Excerpt: I do so want to believe that Barack Obama is
on the right track. Indeed, he's downright inspiring
when he defends constitutional restraint on the
presidency and shuns torture. Bush is so yesterday,
but imagine how panicked we would now be if McCain
and Palin were about to take the wheel.
Yet, it all does hang on him. Yes, Obama. The
superstar, and not that supporting cast of retreads
from a failed past that have popped up in his
administration in the making. Now that we have the list
of his top economic and foreign policy picks
--we've got to hope that it's Obama who is using them,
and not the other way around.
Retreads from a failed past?
That's what he's calling Obama's cabinet?
Who do the complainers want in Obama's cabinet
- Kerry? Kucinich?
Excerpt: One of the clearest signs that the Republican
brand is in for a long stint in the woods is the fact that
Republicans continue to shill for the same policies
that got us into the financial hole we find ourselves in.
George Bush spent eight years making the argument
that for any ill that ails the country, the answer was
a tax cut, usually for the wealthy. When gas
prices soared higher and higher, he said, "Pass my tax cut."
As he started a second war after his first one
and deficits mounted ever higher, his response was,
"Pass my tax cut." Short of stemming the rising
waters of New Orleans' Ninth Ward, if there was
a problem, a tax cut was the solution.
The best news is the GOP reigns of power are, apparently, being given
to Sarah Palin.
Excerpt: Food stamps, the main U.S. antihunger program
which helps the needy buy food, set a record
in September as more than 31.5 million Americans
used the program -- up 17 percent from a year ago.
The number of people using food stamps in September
surpassed the previous peak of 29.85 million
seen in November 2005 when victims of hurricanes
Katrina, Rita and Wilma received emergency benefits,
said Jean Daniel of the USDA's Food and Nutrition
"It's a disturbing trend," said Ellen Vollinger,
legal director with the Food Research and Action Center.
She expects more people will turn to food stamps
as unemployment rises and the economy remains weak.
One in 10 Americans were participating in the
food stamp program as of September.
Excerpt: I know, I know, Bush liberated the Iraqis. But
when will we liberate them from Bush's liberation?
Well, ideally, the American people will rise
up tomorrow and force Congress to cease funding the
occupation and to vote an immediate and complete
withdrawal with a veto-overriding supermajority,
not to mention impeaching Bush and Cheney. I
raise that possibility not so much because I've been
drinking as because long-term movements for systemic
reform require awareness of what we're missing.
If we ever replace a Congress dominated by money,
media, and parties with one loyal to us the people,
it will be because we tragically realize what
so very easily could have been.
Excerpt: Obama is not planning to implement a windfall
profit tax on oil companies because
prices have dropped below $80 a barrel, an aide
said on Tuesday...
Between this move and the move to wait to repeal
the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy,
it seems like the Obama team is buying into the
right-wing frame that raising any taxes
- even those on the richest citizens and wealthiest
corporations - is bad for the economy.
Does Sirota not get that things change?
Don't we want a president who adjusts his thinking
when the facts change?
Last summer, gas was $4 a gallon, BIG OIL was
making $100 million a day
and the economy, while not robust, was at least
alive and kicking.
Today there seems to be no bottom to the price of oil and the economy
is all but dead - and David Sirota feels cheated - again.
Is David Sirota the new Andrew Sullivan? (Not a compliment)
I'm getting nearly as tired as you of all the
carping criticisms of Obama (I'm glad you are putting them
down at every opportunity; you are truly following
thru on your pledge to support the nominee).
Way too many are not.
Anyhow, what about a special award for the worst
example of gratuitous carping?
You could call it the "Golden Carp Award."
Could provide some fun.
The problem is everybody seems to be attacking
What web sites can I go to and not read a litany of complaints?
Excerpt: In the early stages of one of the nightly poker
tournaments I used to deal a hand came up where
a bunch of people were calling to see a flop.
The blinds at this point of the tournament are very low
and allow for people to see flops cheaply compared
to the amount of chips they have. The action got
a younger looking fellow who looked at his hand,
thought about his action, and then said "I don't think
anyone here would fold this hand, except me."
and then confidently pushed his hand into the middle
of the table. He then added "Well maybe you would."
to me, as if he knew I was going to one day
be writing poker columns on the internet and
wanted to flatter me.
Excerpt: Still some 50 days out from inauguration, it's
far too early to jump to conclusions about how the
Obam administration will handle war on two fronts,
but if you think war on two fronts is a bad idea,
there's some writing on the wall that doesn't
While there is ample grist for optimism, only
a fatal optimist or a militarist could fail to be concerned
about the rough sketch emerging for Iraq and
Of all the gifts left to Americans by Bush, the
two wars he started are most troubling. The presidency
is an extraordinarily difficult job under any
circumstances, but to inherit the job with two botched
wars-turned-quagmires underway sets a whole new
Think how much easier it would be for Obama to
deal with these problems if he knew
his party was standing with him instead of carping
and stabbing him in the back.
Nice to see you picking up the torch and pushing
back against the religiofascists of the
Uhmurrrkkkun Fambly Assoseration. What
a gin-you-wine gang of knuckle-walkers!
In last night’s show, I read the entire headline
list those creeps put together, and there wasn’t
a Koreshdamned WORD about the poor guy in Valley
Stream, New York who got squished
to death by a mob intent on getting big bargains
to celebrate the birthday of the “Prince of Peace.”
Not.One.Word. But they’ve got their well-closeted
panties in a twist over Costco.
I hope lots more of your readers push back, too.
It’s even more fun to get on their mailing list
(use a separate e-mail addy) and use THEIR servers
to send “Action Alerts” talking about what gang
of goobers they are to your elected representatives.
The pardoning of Marc Rich can be considered to
be one of the last acts in the Iran-Contra coverup.
Although the pardon of Rich became a favorite
soapbox issue for the Republicans, properly it should
offend OUR side much more than theirs.
Rich made his billions in pursuit of a Reagan
administration policy, namely; the supply of US made weaponry
to Iran through US-allied third nations (mainly
Israel and Britain) in return for dirt-cheap illegal Iranian oil.
It is well-known that the Reagan administration
policy was to keep the Iran-Iraq War going as long as possible
by secretly defying the UN ban on weapons to
Iran. To quote Allen Clark, the UK Defense Minister at the time,
"The interests of the West were best seved by
Iran and Iraq fighting each other, and the longer the better."
It is not hard to trace this policy from its origin
in the Reagan/Bush 1980 October Surprise, through the early
secret pro-Iran policy, to Iran/Contra, to the
subsequent panicky pro-Iraq shift that brought the war to a (close).
But the legacy of the Iran-Iraq War continued
in the 1990-91 Desert Storm, the starvation of Iraq under the
US/UK/UN sanctions regime, to the most recent
and comprehensive destruction of the potentially strongest,
most progressive Arab State, which is being transferred
from the imperial control by the US to the imperial
control of - guess who? - Iran.
For those few Americans who truly understand the
history of US Middle East policy, the Marc Rich pardon
is highly offensive. Why did Clinton do it? He
said he did it for the Israeli Prime Minister, and I believe that
to be pretty close to the truth.
John, from your writing I can't tell what's fact and what's opinion.
All these years we've been getting oil from Iran?
Also, I read your third paragraph 4-5 times and I have no idea what
And yes, I think I remember Clinton saying he pardoned Rich as a favor
so why is our whore media crucifying Clinton for doing Israel a solid?
A friend of mine has a local business installing
and repairing overhead doors.
He LOVES Walmart because their under trained,
minimum wage workers damage
roll-up doors regularly with forklifts and stupidity.
Costco, on the other hand, never damages doors.
-Harry in Fresno
Bart, you mentioned Rush saying, "Appointing
Hillary is a brilliant stroke by Obama"
Get real! This is such bullshit...Rush trashing
There's no way anyone would challenge a sitting
president from their own party,
Hillary certainly wouldn't...if she as loyal
a democrat as you say then it's bullshit....
the last person to serious challenge a sitting
president from their own party was
Ted Kennedy against Carter (1980) and Kennedy
got his ass whuped and handed to him!!
You are correct!
Both Bill & Hillary knew if Hillary didn't
get the Democratic nomination and Obama won
the presidency, her next shot wouldn't be until
So far, you're making sense...
This is a slap in the face to a fine loyal democrat
Hillary Clinton, and Limbaugh jumped on it....
because of his hate....and you being such a guidable
follower of the pigman agreed with him...
You are shameless & uninformed and the word
integrity also comes into question as well.
I have no idea what you thought you read.
BTW, what is a "guidable
Did you mean "gullible?"
If so, how could you accuse the guy who started
Limba - Lying Nazi Whore of being gullible when it comes to believing
anything that lying rat bastard says?
I said it was crazy for Rush to claim he had some
major insight into the 2012 race because,
like you just said, Hillary certainly is not
going to challenge a sitting Democrat president.
You and I agree, so what makes my opinion
shameless & uninformed?
Jesus, I have 2256 issues online, which is maybe
120,000 topics over 13 years
and you misread one partial sentence and
bring my integrity into question?
What excuse could you have for such a boneheaded
Excerpt: My Chrysler is four years old. I bought it because
of its smooth and comfortable ride.
More than a dozen times in these years, the car
has simply died. Batteries have been replaced,
but that wasn't the problem. My dad drives the
same model. His car has died many times, too.
Just won't start, for no reason at all.
A few weeks ago, I took it to a Chrysler dealer
and the latest fixes cost me $1,400.
The next day, the vehicle wouldn't start. When
I got it going, the brake warning light came on.
And on and on.
You might assume that I couldn't give a rat's
ass about these miserably inept crapmobile makers.
But I do care. I care about the millions whose
lives and livelihoods depend on these car companies.
I care about the security and defense of this
country because the world is running out of oil -- and when
it runs out, the calamity and collapse that will
take place will make the current recession/depression look
like a Tommy Tune musical.
So, here's what I propose:
Mrs Bart drives a Honda.
In almost four years, it hasn't had a single
It runs perfect - smooth and quiet and it's still
in perfect condition.
The Bartmobile is a Toyota.
In over three years, I've had one problem - a
It runs perfect - smooth and quiet and it's still
in perfect condition.
Oh, and the paint is still on both cars.
I wish things were different but the facts are the facts.
But let's just say this as Barack Obama introduces
his national security team and people huff and puff
about whether they're hawks or not progressive
enough or problem children or disappointing or whatever:
Ultimately, the cabinet does the bidding of the
president. Sure, they offer ideas and guide the departments.
But they are policy implementers. Nothing less
and nothing more. You have to be willing to go along with
the boss to do the job, or you don't take it.
And it's all a political game. If we know anything at all about
Barack Obama, it's that he's one crafty mother-effer
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Subject: that bastard Saxby
Chambliss won in GA
The black flag is hanging outside our cabin today,
such a dark day in Georgia.
I think Honda Joann J is going to hang a black
flag on her HCH too!
Thanks for your help. Georgia sucks. I’m ready
You claimed that Libby was found guilty of "serous
crimes" but he wasn't.
He was convicted of being dishonest to the feds.
The guy that "outed" the never in Valerie Plame
was a Democrat named Richard Armitage.
Have you considred finding out what is actually
going on by doing some fact checking
or are you too busy writing down what you "feel"
is the truth?
Carson, the patience on trial monkey
Monkey, as usual, you have it all wrong.
Libby effectively blocked the investigation with false answers and
fell on his sword knowing that this crooked president would pardon
As far as Plame not being a real secret agent, the CIA said she was.
They asked for the leakers to be punished, remember?
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