"When the American people hear a clear rationale
for what we’re doing there, and how we intend to achieve our goals,
they will be supportive." -- Obama, saying he
can sell this escalation to the Leftists who elected him, Link
It will be interesting to see what phrase Obama uses to sell his
(He's buying it) war.
I want to hear the words "exit strategy" but what constitutes
He's too smart to think he can stomp out ideas - right?
How to you reason with suicide bombers?
How do you force jihadists to knuckle under?
And after Vietnam, after Iraq, after Afghanistan's eight years,
How can Obama be convinced that "escalation" is the key to victory?
Rumor has it General MacArthur told JFK in 1961, "Never
get involved in a land war in Asia,"
JFK didn't follow that advice. LBJ didn't follow that advice. Nixon didn't follow that advice. Monkey Bush didn't follow that advice.
I wish Obama would follow that advice.
Obama is supposed to talk to us Tuesday night, trying to sell
us this new war
(after so many years of war) will he list actual facts and reasons?
Or will we get that "Change comes from
the bottom up" stuff again?
Excerpt: Trouble is, the measure would likely have screened
out Reagan, under whose watch the US deficit ballooned.
The federal deficit mushroomed from 2.7 percent
of gross domestic product in 1980, to 6 percent in 1983.
Reagan also agreed to a $165 billion bailout of
Social Security, in contradiction of conservative orthodoxy
(though he did drastically reduce the top income
tax brackets for Americans).
The Gipper also raised the gasoline tax in 1983.
Bush, too, dramatically increased the size of
the federal deficit, which was turning surpluses under Clinton.
He also broke with conservatives on the issue
of opposing blanket amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
Who else would fail the test?
McCain, who voted against the Defense of Marriage
So, only the craziest of the crazies can run in 2010?
"It's hard to be more conservative than I am
on issues. I'm pro-life, I'm pro-gun, I'm pro-family, and I''m anti taxes. I don't
know what else you're supposed to be, except maybe angry too." -- FL Gov
Crist, trying to sell sane talk to a party of raving loons, Link
Excerpt: One CNN poll found that more Americans are rejecting
religion and thus becoming "less Christian."
A second poll of evangelical Protestants revealed
that more than six in 10 of them say torture is often or sometimes justified.
More than six in 10? What this says about those
claiming to be God's own is that perhaps they should use their Bibles
for more than "thumping." Because not one in
10 -- not one in 10 thousand -- not one in 10 million -- Christians believes
that torture can ever be justified. Ever.
Anyone who has paid attention to the growing number
of evangelical zealots over the past couple of decades must be aware
that there is a growing chasm between Religion
and Christianity. Today, the term, "religious Christians" is nothing if
It seems when folks become apocalyptic frothing-at-the-mouth
religious, they ultimately stray from the light and life of Christianity,
while descending deeper into the darkness and
death of Religion.
Mark Silk of Trinity College said "In the 1990s,
it really sunk in on the American public generally that there was a long-lasting
'religious right' connected to a political party,
and that turned a lot of people the other way." Silk cited the obvious
the Republican Party and groups such as the Moral
Majority and Focus on the Handjob."
I think the rejection of religious insanity is a good thing.
Maybe computers are causing more people to think logically?
Maybe more education is chasing away the holy ghosts of the Dark Ages?
"If teabagging anti-American hicks are afraid
to stand up to a drug addict, terrorist supporting, hate radio monger, how can these teabagging
anti-American hicks believe they can defend our Country?" -- Dr Hussein
Matt, talking about the vulgar Pigboy, Link
"GNoP Purity Criteria #4 = the kissing of the
Rush’s assboil." -- RUCerious,
"I’ve never seen such gutlessness in all my
life as that republicans display when faced with the prospect of offending
Rush Limbaugh." -- majii,
Excerpt Any would-be rogue politician, hawking vengeance
towards her own campaign and grievance against the mass media,
all peppered with absurd tall tales, invites
parallels to like-minded rogues. Sarah Palin follows the legacy of Richard
(for ruthless ambition, dishonesty), Joe McCarthy
(moral crusades, dishonesty), W. (cheerleading, unfitness, dishonesty),
and Dick Cheney (demagoguery, dishonesty). On
the positive side, Palin parallels Oprah (celebrity, showmanship),
Evita (melodrama, populism), Carrie Prejean (sexy
rule breaking), and Annie Oakley (folksy spunkiness, defying critics).
Don't forget Nancy Grace (senseless horseshit)
and Dr. Laura Schlessinger (R-No Pants)
Today, beyond winning elections, Sarah Palin wants
stardom; her book embraces show personalities; and instinctively,
she goes for glitz and duplicity (even lying,
to believe McCain and staff). But when did truth (or reality) impede show
establishing Palin's tour mentor as P.T. Barnum,
the 19th C. circus barker and con man, whose outlandish publicity triumphs
became the "Greatest Show on Earth," aptly Barnum
and Bailey Circus. Palin's circus, with 31 safe stopovers, obeys Barnum's
"There's a sucker born every minute." Plus adages,
"If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get
and "Without promotion something terrible happens...Nothing!"
Now crusading after fame for fame's sake, Palin
orchestrates her redemption from humiliated candidate and bizarre
Alaska quitter to, well, famous personality.
It's a job, though more about shedding than adding milestones. Reinvention,
especially made-up, demands producing your own
pageant and storyline, again like Barnum, full of hick stunts, hoaxes,
and blarney. But note this huge difference: P.T.'s
promotional genius had a real, sustainable payoff - immensely entertaining
variety shows packed with unpredictable acts,
animals, and marvels. With Palin, her splashy, if highly predictable sales
come-on is the whole show, with fans hitting
the cash register after the spiel."
Moonlight tells the story of a sexy vampire
who wants to do good. He teams up with hottie Sophia Myles to reign
in rogue vampires. They were network, adult, intelligent, sexy
vampires, so naturally CBS canned it after their
I mean, who wants to watch vampires do it?
"How about we leave medicine to doctors?" -- Der vulgar Pigboy, who sounds like he's turned pro-choice
Excerpt: The White House counsel was done in by a scurrilous
leaks campaign. So much for the Obama team's
pledge to be transparent, forthright and accountable
for their actions...
What just happened to Gregory Craig should not
have happened in Obama Land. It’s something from what
Dick Cheney would have called "The Dark Side"--where
insinuation and character assassination were leaked
to undermine a foe. Think of the manner in which
Scooter Libby and Karl Rove promulgated the revelation that
Bush administration thorn Joe Wilson was married
to a CIA covert operative.
I spoke to Gregory Craig in the summer when the
first leaks began to break. While he suspected they were driven
by someone in the White House who was frustrated
with the slow progress on shuttering GITMO, Craig did not know
who was out to get him. He had no idea.
The sustained nature of the leaks - and the fact
that they ultimately proved to be true - indicates something quite
disappointing for anyone who had hoped that the
Obama White House would operate more transparently and
honestly than the Bush team had.
Sounds like we're getting half the story.
I wonder what the other half sounds like..
Craig famously turned on the Clintons last year.
Maybe this year he turned on the Obamas?
Bart, love your site, but sometimes everyone seems
to be mislead like kittens chasing a furry piece of string.
Afghanistan is the only reason we should be there.
To bad that BUSHCO had a different agenda. Oil profits always trumps getting
Things aren't the same as they were in 2001.
We've been in Afghanistan for eight years and
what have we accomplished?.
What's the goal - a treay signing on the USS
That's not going to happen.
Now we get to plan C.
Obama has to commit as many troops necessary
to clean up the crappy diapers left.
It will be smelly, I might cost him his job,
but It is what we should have been doing 9 years ago.
Are we going to search every cave in those mountains?
What is to be won by staying and losing more
Also, he needs to grow some nads and kick Reid
and Pelosi to get his agenda past.
I agree with that, but we can't even get Obama
to grow some nads for Kissyface.
I always loved your comments and graphics about
the spineless Dems.
Kinda wish there was a Bartcop political party,
one that takes names and kicks butt.
I'm very much against this "surge" for Afghanistan.
I'm very much against this "swear to God surge" that will follow it
6 months later.
It's called "escalating" for a reason.
But I'm also not looking forward to another Democratic civil war.
"Obama reminds me of a chess grandmaster who
has played his opening in six simultaneous games... But he hasn’t completed a single game
and I’d like to see him finish one." -- Henry Kissinger (R-Bloody
hands) asked about his president, Link
Excerpt: I have a lot to give thanks for this Thanksgiving,
but I find myself grateful for one thing: I'm not Obama.
From Arianna Huffington on his left, warning
that rising unemployment could be "Obama's
Katrina," to the ever-crazier
Beck on his right, threatening to desecrate the memory of Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. with an anti-Obama March
on Washington 37 years to the day after King's
triumphant convening: His critics are sparing no rhetorical excess in their
rush to denounce the president.
And there's a lot to criticize, particularly on
the eve of a planned speech Tuesday in which he's reportedly going to try
sell an Afghanistan escalation – at least 30,000
more troops – as an exit strategy. Glenn Greenwald has laid out Obama's civil
liberties transgressions, and the way he's reversed campaign promises
and backed Bush-Cheney policies on rendition,
military commissions and government secrecy.
Like Huffington, I'm alarmed that the White House seems to be dismissing
the need for a second stimulus to deal with what
appears to be a "jobless recovery," while also sending word that reducing
the deficit is a pressing priority (which is
crazy in an ongoing recession.)
Obama's presidency can be saved if:
He decides not
to escalate Bush's lost war in Afghanistan. What's there to
We need to be in a battle to own Afghanistan like we need
to own North Korea.
At some point, he's going to
have to come to work.
He needs to punish those who
are blocking his every move.
He needs to realize the GOP
is a helpless, hopeless cause.
After bungling health care,
badly, he needs to sign something and claim it's reform.
He needs to learn there's a
difference between negotiating and cavng in.
Excerpt: Only a year after he had helped Barack Obama
get elected by eviscerating his close friend, Clinton White House colleague
nd Yale Law School classmate, Hillary Clinton,
Greg Craig was himself eviscerated by the Obama inner circle.
I remember meeting Craig at a book party during
the campaign. He upbraided me for writing critical things about Obama.
I didn’t like being chastised, but I admired
Did she really just say she admired Greg
Yeah, and Lieberman's loyalty, too, right Maureen?
Don't forget Pat Goodell and Zell Miller!
It couldn’t have been easy for Craig, a special
counsel in the Clinton White House who directed the response
on impeachment, to break away from the Clintons
and help Obama. At Yale, Craig surrendered his $75-a-month
apartment in New Haven to Bill and Hillary, who
were a class behind him, friends say.
In a memo he sent to the press during the bitter
2008 Democratic primary, Craig made the case that Hillary had exaggerated her foreign policy experience
and that she did not pass “the Commander-in-Chief test.”
It was brutally effective, taking apart her claims
of involvement, country by country, and noting:
“As far as the record shows, Senator Clinton
never answered the phone either to make a decision on any pressing national security issue —
not at 3 AM or at any other time of day.”
WOW, is he trying to take the crown of Judas Maximus away from Stephanopulous?
How much does he hate his old friends, the Clintons, and why?
And why is he now estranged from the Obamas?
Or am I being too hard on Craig? Some people say he's on the outs
he wants Obama to deliever on the promises he made during the campaign.
Excerpt: Singer Adam Lambert was kicked off one morning
TV show and snapped up by a rival on Tuesday after his
sexually-charged performance on a live music
awards show made him one of the most risky and sought-after
celebrities in the United States.
As media watchers debated the merit of his act
at Sunday's American Music Awards, the gay, glam rocker who
finished as runner-up on TV show "American Idol"
in May, saw downloads of his debut album soar online.
Lambert also took to the airwaves to defend himself
again, telling radio personality and "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest
that he was "not a babysitter."
Lambert caused a furor at the American Music Awards
(AMAs) with a rendition of his debut single,
"For Your Entertainment" that included simulating
oral sex and kissing a male keyboard player.
The ABC television network, which got more than
1,500 complaints after broadcasting the awards show,
canceled Lambert's scheduled Wednesday appearance
on its "Good Morning America" news and talk show.
"Given his controversial American Music Awards
performance, we were concerned about airing a
similar concert so early in the morning," an
ABC News spokesperson said on Tuesday.
But CBS rival "The Early Show" booked Lambert
for Wednesday morning. It said the singer would
perform live and discuss his AMA appearance,
parts of which were cut when the show aired later Sunday
on the U.S. West Coast.
This is marketing geinus.
Expectations were sky-high so a ho-hum performance
from Lambert.could've been a career-killer.
But he went over-the-top, in-your-face, don't-tell-me-what-to-do
KAPOW and he shook people up.
Kris Allen, who won Idol last year was
there, too, but he didn't make any news.
I like Lambert's attitude and his comfy-in-my-skin
style, but musically he's a little too Liza for me.
But Lambert and his posse handled that premier
performance like a 1984 Team Madonna (Major compliment)
His job was to get noticed, cause a stir and be
For that he gets an "A."
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Subject: The Obama bow in Japan
Bart, in Asia cultures, bowing to an ELDER [by
a younger person] is a sign of the younger person's strength and power.
But, what do we care about what passes for good
manners of a guest in a foreign culture?
If the host doesn't like the way we perform,
we'll just send in the Marines to correct their attitude.
That always works, doesn't it?
.....from Michael on Phuket in Thailand where
I retired toward the end of the first Bush administration
to get away from all those
assholes who don't want no stinking culture.....even their own.
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