"The WaHoPo is further soiling its once stellar reputation by running a moronic op-ed
piece on global warming by Caribou Barbie. The
neo-con putzocracy at the WaHoPo has really
destroyed that newspaper beyond repair. What
a pity to see it go senile and sclerotic!"
-- evangenital, Link
Today's Tequila Treehouse...
O - Warming
up to Torture?
a Liberal Anymore
A Fearful Price
for Tiger Woo
P. unhurt in stunt
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"I see Obama using the Bush strategy in Afghanistan,
turning over the financial crisis to those that created it, no clear plan for energy in the future,
and economic and political power ever increasing in China and India. Obama ran one of the most compelling
campaigns in memory, but he is frighteningly clumsy in the office he sought so brilliantly. There is time
to turn the first term around, but it looks increasingly clear that a new
set of advisers and policy are in order." -- still liberal,
Excerpt: You'd think that somebody with a direct line
to the Almighty, and tapped by Jesus to save mankind on Earth,
would be able to come up with a better business
plan for running a daily newspaper. But, alas, after nearly three
decades of unrelenting financial losses, the
Rev. Sun Myung has decided to pull out. According to reports, it's more
like Moon's U.S. college-educated sons, as part
of an internal family power struggle, have decided to finally cut off
the endless stream of Asian church cash that's
kept the Times afloat.
With the announcement that 40 percent of the Times'
staff is getting pink-slipped, and that the daily's no longer even
going to bother with traditional who/what/where/when/why
reporting, instead publishing an opinion-heavy publication
that will be free of charge at a diminished number
of local outlets, Times owners look like they're angling to be a
Weekly Standard wannabe, churning out lots of
predictable GOP Noise Machine opinion prattle.
What is clear is that the daily's days as a functioning
newspaper are now over.
The Washington Times never intended to make money.
The Times existed to balance the Washington Post
- but the WaHoPo turned into right-wing whores.
Why lose money to echo the lies that a bigger
newspaper is printing?
"Calling in generals and admirals to discuss
troop strength is like me taking my youngest to McDonald’s to ask if he likes french fries. I’ve been
saying I don’t agree with him on Afghanistan, I think he screwed up on healthcare reform, on Guantánamo
and kicking Greg Craig off... (Obama) called me and told me
that he heard that I was demeaning him and I had to
explain to him that it wasn’t anything personal, it was an honest difference on the issues. And he said, 'Well,
let’s talk about it.'"
-- John Conyers, speaking to the president in a frank tone,
It's my opinion Obama needs to wake up and see what you and I
Excerpt: Obama has asked an appeals court to dismiss a
lawsuit accusing Bush bastard John Yoo of authorizing torture,
saying federal law does not allow damage claims
against lawyers who advise the president on national security issues.
Such lawsuits ask courts to second-guess presidential
decisions and pose "the risk of deterring full and frank advice
regarding the military's detention and treatment
of those determined to be enemies during an armed conflict,"
Justice Department lawyers said Thursday in arguments
to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Other sanctions are available for government lawyers
who commit misconduct, the department said. It noted that its
Office of Professional Responsibility has been
investigating Yoo's advice to former President George W. Bush since
2004 and has the power to recommend professional
discipline or even criminal prosecution.
I wish we had the Obama we voted for.
Seems like just one year ago, he was vehemently against torture.
During the campaign, there was not a dime's worth
of difference between Obama and Hillary on policy issues.
Both campaigns and the media worked feverishly
to gin up differences, but there really weren't any.
So how did Hillary come in at less than 1 %
on that not-crooked Kos poll?
Since the Clintons are the absolute definition
of centrists, that would indicate Obama is a centrist too.
A lot of people wanted him to be more of a liberal,
but should not be surprised that he isn't.
They told us Obama was the most liberal senator
in Washington DC, even to Teddy's Left.
And nobody lifted a finger to correct that "false"
As a proud left-wing extremist, I disagree with
a lot of the decisions he's made....but I'm not surprised.
Still, a good centrist, like Bill or Barack,
is a million times better than any Republican.
You are correct.
Besides, we've got no where else to go :)
Like you, I trust him to do the best he can with
a nearly impossible situation,
and I think at the end of the day he'll have
accomplished some great things.
Can he accomplish great thing by being nice and
trying to reason with barking dogs?
Unlike you, I think he's working pretty hard at
cleaning up the Bush shit-pile.
He's just not doing it the way you or I might
Turning his first big issue - health care - over to Reid & Pelosi
has been a diasaster.
The cable networks ran wild with "that Muslin
imposter" while Obama took August off.
He's lost 24 points with white people in the last few months.
He's got to change direction before he gets to the cliff..
Where does Santa live now that the North Pole has turned to ocean?
...and does Jim Inhofe love his grandchildren?
"Clinton and Obama are both mainstream Democrats
who occupy exactly the same political terrain in the party and always did. That's
what made the primary so bloody. It was about personal identification, style and aspiration - the differences
between the two camps were never about policy because there was no substantial difference in their
policies." -- digby - ...pushing some Afghanistan blame onto Hillary?
I don't remember Hillary's Summer '08 position on Afghanistan
- who does?
I lost a monitor in 2008 and again this year.
You would NOT believe how much better the 2009 model is.
If you haven't gotten a new monitor in the last year or two,
give your eyes a great gift for Christmas.
"It's very easy to say "well, still, I don't
think Hillary would have done any better." Personally, I've been disappointed so
many times that I no longer find disappointment to be that disappointing." -- Steve M,
"I do think Hillary would have been more aggressive
-- after 20 years of being one of the more popular political punching bags around, I don't
think she has the slightest bit of investment in being liked." -- John ,
Excerpt: I can hardly stand reading the Huffington Post
these days. The stuff coming out of "progressive" mouths is all too often
on a par with Glenn Beck's abusive rants--both
sides playing football with the President as the ball --kick kick kick.
The straw that broke this camel's back was an
horrendously ugly and smearing essay Christian Parenti wrote last week
for Huffington after Obama's Afghanistan speech.
I have compressed into a single paragraph his outrageous statements:
"Like Lyndon Johnson who escalated in Vietnam,
Obama lives in mortal fear of being called a wimp by Republicans. To look strong in front of swing voters he
will sacrifice the lives of hundreds of US soldiers; allow many more to
be maimed; waste a minimum of $30 billion in public money;
and in the process kill many thousands of Afghan civilians. The real purpose of these 300,000 [sic] soldiers
is to make Obama look tough as he heads toward the next election. He used Afghanistan to show that he was not
the scared, pussified Democrat portrayed in GOP spin. There is nothing else to Obama's Afghan strategy. Victory
in Afghanistan is reelection in 2012. Whatever the outcome, Obama has made it clear: he is willing to
kill to get reelected."
Just get me out of here, folks, fast.
Why leave the party (If that's what Suzi meant) because of what one
person said or wrote?
Dennis Miller gave up a lifetime of liberalism because he heard someone
call Rudy a Nazi.
And why isn't Suzi used to the Democrats turning on their president?
Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT-Nothing) has been such
a major player in the health care reform debate that publishers are falling all over themselves
to offer him book contracts. To take advantage of his most recent wave of self-importance, Holy
Joe has rushed a book onto the market to go toe-to-toe with his kindred rogue warrior, Sarah Palin.
His previous book, In Praise of Public Life (2000), was, though a runaway bestseller in the Lieberman
family, the lowest selling political book of the 20th century.
Not deterred, Lieberman has rushed a sequel
into stores for the holidays, and we got a sneak peek. The title refers to the Lieberman’s thesis,
which is that Americans don’t deserve health care and should just learn to love their pubic
life. This philosophy grew out of his “tough love” approach to rape victims and morning after contraception.
You’ll remember how Lieberman said he believed hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape
victims for "principled reasons" shouldn't be forced to do so.
“In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than
a short ride to get to another hospital," he said. That’s our Joe. This and other sage medical advice is offered
in In Praise of Pubic Lice.
Excerpt: Randi Rhodes is on the bandwagon, backing the
Obama Blitzkrieg Plan, and cheering the thirty thousand soldiers to Afghanistan.
I thought Bush was supposed to be the cheerleader.
I heard Randi say, in a bellicose voice, that Obama is simply doing what
America voted for, because Obama campaigned for
the presidency on increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan, and that
Obama was going to "double down" and send more
of our young men...
Obviously, our fighting men are capable of killing
more Afghans. That is what will happen. A bigger Afghan body count may
ensure USA anxiety relief, but only temporarily;
it is a bad panacea for lasting peace. Perhaps America, after being held
for eight years by George Bush, is suffering
a collective Stockholm Syndrome. We are too traumatized to change course,
afraid of accepting what we have done, and continue
Pick up the Pulitzer Prize book by Samantha Power,
titled “A Problem From Hell - America and the Age of Genocide”.
The U.S. is fighting illegal wars, and we are
killing hundreds of thousands of people...because George Bush is an idiot.
Randi is sticking with her president - that's not what most believers
"It was an ignorant moment for Harry Reid...when
Democrats get in trouble, they play that race card, that slavery
card, that civil rights card." -- Michael Tom Steele,
Harry Reid does it again.
Regardless of what he meant, what he said gave everyone another
chance to dump on him.
"Racism and the Holocaust - is that
how the Democrats govern?"
If he can't learn to group words together better then that, why
is he in politics?
Reid ought to at least be better than Ol' Bart when it comes
to making a point in an argument.
And what start a damn fight if you're not going to finish it?
Remember when the Rethugs demanded Rep Alan Grayson apologize
for his health care talk?
Grayson told them "Suck on this!"
and he raised lot of money in the following days.
Democrats are tired of fighting with their pinkies sticking
Harry, you'll be out of politics soon , but until that day,
don't start any more fights unless you're willing to smackdown
"This is what happens when true believers mistake
a mortal for a messiah."
No, this is what voters demand what they voted
The whole worship bit is a feverish creation
of the right.
I don't know how you can say that.
We heard dozens if not hundreds of stories about
people who didn't like politics
walking miles in the cold rain to hear Obama,
only to come away overcome with emotion.
I hardly see the letdown - he's considerably better
than say, Drugs Limbaugh, mouthpiece of the new GOP.
I'm not happy with things, but I'm better off
than I would be if Sarah Palin were a heartbeat from the Presidency.
Steve in MT
Those who supported him the hardest are the most bitter.
Obama connected with people and many of them now feel burned.
"Rep. Alan Grayson was on Hardball and he told
Dick Cheney to "STFU" and speculating that gasoline would only cost a dollar per gallon
if Bush had let Saudi Prince Abdullah 'get to second base.' " -- Eric Kleeeld,
Excerpt: The idea that fewer than 1 percent of Americans
are being called on to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq and that
we’re sending them into combat again and again
and again - for four tours, five tours, six tours - is obscene.
All decent people should object...
The reason it is so easy for the U.S. to declare
wars, and to continue fighting year after year after year, is because
so few Americans feel the actual pain of those
wars. We’ve been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan longer than we
fought in World Wars I and II combined. If voters
had to choose right now between instituting a draft or exiting
Afghanistan and Iraq, the troops would be out
of those two countries in a heartbeat.
What we are doing is indefensible and will ultimately
exact a fearful price,
and there will be absolutely no way for the U.S.
to avoid paying it.
Since I'm in my fifties, I don't mind a draft :)
But they have to make it a law that EVERYBODY goes - no champagne units
for the cocaine-snorting,
Jim Beam-drinking, whore-mongering sons of powerful and connected Hitler
Note: Obama sent a note asking for $5 from all supporters
Excerpt: Really? All we have to do is send the DNC $5
and we get ponies? The same DNC that is enabling
corporatist Democrats to water down and destroy
any hope for health care reform? That DNC?
This is so freakin' obnoxious I can hardly stand
it. We are about to get a turd of a "reform" package,
potentially worse than the status quo. We have
the insurance industry declaring victory, Republicans
cackling with glee, and the administration is
using that piece of shit to raise money?
Obama spent all year enabling Max Baucus and Olympia
Snowe, and he thinks we're supposed to get excited
about whatever end result we're about to get,
so much so that we're going to fork over money? Well, it might
work with some of you guys, but I'm certainly
not biting. In fact, this is insulting, betraying a lack of understanding
of just how pissed the base is at this so-called
reform. The administration may be happy to declare victory with
a mandate that enriches insurance companies,
yet creates little incentive to control costs or change the very
business practices that have screwed so many
people. But I'll pass.
I got that e-mail too and I was angry about it but Kos did a better
job of verbalizing it.
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"This is not about Clintonian centrism.
More and more of the reasonable people have to speak up
against the right and left." -- Daily Dish
So, it's not abour centrism, it's about fighting the right and
Is centrism only bad when a Clinton does it?
"Jimmy Page is an excellent producer. Led Zeppelin
1 and Led Zeppelin 2 are classics. As a player, he's very good in the
studio. I never saw him play well live. He's very sloppy. He plays like he's got a broken
hand and he's two years old. But if you put out a good album and play like a two-year-old live.
What's the purpose?"[ -- Eddie Van Halen,
That is among the stupidest things I've
ever heard anybody say.
Strange things have happened lately.
I've been more honest than the Pope and I was smarter
than our president for eight years, and
now I have tp explain rock n roll to Eddie Van Halen?
Here's the deal, Eddie - it's not about
"getting it right" and it' not about pleasing your guitar teacher
and it's certainly not about who can hyper-hammer
the most notes on a guitar in a single second.
It's about generating EXCITEMENT and nobody
does that better than Jimmy Page.
Has your band sold 200,000,000 albums, Eddie?
No, you haven't even gotten to 100M because
your band never generated that much EXCITEMENT.
Last time Zeppelin got together - 32
years after your disrespectful little tantrum,
one reviewer said Page was so exciting,
"it was like watching him invent electricity." When's the last time YOU got rave reviews
like that, Eddie?
One last thing - Page has colors and shades but
all Van Halen songs sound the same.
Can anybody name a beautiful song Van Halen ever wrote?
Excerpt: I spent some time in transition with my counterpart
in the unit that was returning home at the beginning of my unit’s
deployment. In a span of two weeks he sought
to teach, explain and summarize all the knowledge he had gained
from his deployment. As the transition period
ended, and as he was about to fly home, our discussions turned from
professional to personal, and he slowly began
discussing - privately - his personal thoughts.
He said the hardest thing about his deployment
"was the change in the deployment time line from 12 to 15 months.
It was a punch in the gut. The night we officially
found out that we were going to be extended, the soldiers went crazy."
He continued: "People’s attitudes changed for
the worse. Our soldiers seem like they have a dark cloud over them."
"When they were told they were extended, some
of the soldiers had already flown back home," he said.
'The Army made those soldiers come back after
hugging their families, and extended them another three months.
Well, what do you think? A lot of people in that
unit just mentally gave up.
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