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 Friday,  January 22, 2010  Vol 2459 - FOX-ignorant

Quote of the Day

"It was a classic case of everybody 
  getting caught napping."  
      -- Daxelrod,   Link

 
 Dave, we've been screaming "Wake up!" for 7 months
 and now you tell us you were caught napping?
 

 

In Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Arrow Where is the old Obama? HOT
Arrow What would the GOP do? 
Arrow Air America Bites the Dust 
Arrow Hands-Off Obama on HC HOT
Arrow Let's fight about Israel 
Arrow Weiner: Where was Obama? 
Arrow USSC: Money doesn't corrupt HOT
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"It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and 
  hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."
     -- John Edwards, once a champion, now a loser for life,   Link
 

 John, did you take a crash course on how to fuck up?
 Nobody on your staff offered you advice on how to handle this?

 On an upcomming ABC report, Edwards's former chief of staff tells Diane Sawyer
 that John tried to pay him to fake a DNA test to prove he was the father.

 Who's the brains behind this nutty-ass scheme, Wylie Coyote?
 
   
 

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Where's the Obama I Voted For?
 by Jonathan Cohn

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 Excerpt:
If youíve been a Democrat for more than two or three years, disappointment with your leaders is something 
that comes rather naturally. From the 1970s until well into the previous decade, the party produced presidents 
and presidential candidates like Carter, Dukakis, and John Kerry. These men werenít lovable losers. They were 
just losers. Even the lone winner among them--Bill Clinton--famously and infamously found ways to disappoint.

Excuse me - Clinton was the lone double winner since 1944.

But the frustration with the administration was palpable among Democrats today. Members of Congress and 
their staffs were asking the same questions I was: What does the president want? How badly does he want it? 
A lot of the legislators ended up running for the exits. And while lack of a clear party line from the White House 
surely wasn't the reason for Democratic panic on Wednesday--the political anger behind the Massachusetts 
election is real enough--it doesn't appear to have made that panic less likely, either.
 

As you scroll down you're going to read stories of a president in surrender mode.
He can still turn this around but he needs to start today. 
 

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"Weíve invaded Haiti. We dropped troops on the presidential palace yesterday. 
  The difference between Bush invading Iraq, and Obama invading Haiti, 
  is that Bush had Congressional authorization."
      -- Conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt,     Link
 

 Too stupid to reply to.
 

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Subject: Obama and bipartisanship

Bart,

Yay for bipartisanship!  Obama needs to take a lesson from Bush!
Remember 2006, when there was a huge revolution in Congress, throwing out the Republican
majorities in favor of Democratic majorities?  The reason was that the voters wanted us to get out of Iraq?
And Bush's bipartisan solution was to escalate our presence there.

So if Obama genuinely believes that the Massachusetts senate race was a defeat for Health Care Reform,
he needs to really push extra strong health care reform -- a public option or even single payer!
That would be true bipartisanship we can believe in!
 Russ
 

But only if Kissyface agrees - or there's no deal.
 

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What would the GOP do?
  by Joe Conason

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 Excerpt:
How do Republicans react when they lose at the polls? 
They donít back down -- even when standing fast seems very costly.

Perhaps the most outstanding example in recent memory was the 1998  midterm election, held just 
four weeks after the House Republicans voted to impeach President Clinton. Contrary to the hopes 
of the GOP leadership, the predictions of mainstream analysts and the usual historical trends, voters then 
repudiated the Republicans, increasing the number of Democrats in the House by five seats. It was the 
first time in more than 60 years that the party of an incumbent president had won a midterm election. 

Yet the Republicans, unchastened by public opinion, proceeded with their crusade to oust the president. 
If anything, the congressional Republicans became more ideological and more determined to enforce their will...

So when Republicans advise Democrats to reconsider and retreat in the face of a single special election, 
the sensible response should be a question: Is that really what you would do?
 

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Air America Bites the Dust
They never meant to make a profit?

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 Excerpt:
It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media
is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under
Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business. This past year
has seen a "perfect storm" in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen
drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or file bankruptcy. From large to small, recent
bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry's long-time trade publication Radio
and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.
 

I'm surprised they made it this long.
It seemed like they didn't make to make any money from the start.

We advertised with them once - they had a $5,000 minimum.
Really?  Business was so good you'd reject $2500 and $3500 ads?
This was in 2004, I think.

I called back, maybe 2006 and asked about another ad buy.
I told this guy I wanted another $5K buy (split 10 ways, remember?)
and he laughed and said, "You can't get that cheap of a deal anymore."
No wonder they went broke.

Then I became suspicious when some t-shirt company was able to afford wall-to-wall ads.
Sometimes you'd hear a t-shirt commercial at every break.
Did some no-name company really buy $20K worth of ads?
Can you image how many tens of thousands of shirts they'd have to sell to break even?

Then, on the weekends when some people might try to catch up, they had preachers.
Can you believe that?
Couldn't get a Malloy repeat, no.
Couldn't get a Randi repeat, or Rachel or Sam Seder, no.
Why did they sacrifice weekends to spread the Lord's name?
Did they really intend to make money with this network?

Then Randi said they wouldn't allow her to talk about the 2004 Ohio screwing we took.
Why didn't they want Randi talking about the subject that gave Bush 4 more years?

Someone told me the station was originally owned by a Republican.
Did we idiot Democrats fall for that old trick again?
Work for a Rethug so he can pull the rug out and say, "Liberals can't make it on radio."
Funny how the majority of the country can't be heard.

Some Radio Handjobs recently gave the "Talker of the Decade" award to the vulgar Pigboy.
Stern says Rush is SIXTH in his time slot in NY, which isn't even morning or afternoon drive time.
Randi claimed she always had a bigger audience than Rush - was that true?

Plus, how does talk radio lose money?
They pay their on-air people next to nothing and they have no royalty payments for songs,
so why can't a stereo store in Manhattan and a pizza parlor in Brooklyn keep AAR on the air?

Seems like the whole industry is fixed - am I right?
 

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Quotes

"Please, will the liberals stop complaining -- and the conservatives crowing -- that this is the end 
  of Obama's presidency?   Bill Clinton suffered a crushing defeat on health care and a stunning 
  electoral reversal in 1994, and yet still managed to have a very successful presidency."
      -- Megan McArdle,    Link
 

  True, but Clinton was a fighter and a fierce counter-puncher.
  
  You can't win a fight without throwing punches.
  

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Subject: Hillary

Hey, Bart,

I know at least one person who thinks Hillary would have done the same as Obama;
the same ex-friend I have who spent months in 2008 telling me what evil racists Hillary and Bill are,
just like Rachel, and who is now disgusted with Obama but tells me Hillary is no different.

Oh, like not show up for work? Even the Republicans in the Senate used to say that
she was one of the hardest-working senators on either side of the aisle.
 NinjaLibrarian,
 

I remember during the primaries, they said it was a BAD thing that Hillary would "do anything to win."

Maybe it was Dowd, saying "Hillary the badger" would use her fingernails, she'd jump on
your back and bite you and claw at your eyes - and that's why she was "unfit" to govern.

Sure wish we had some of that badger attitude in the White House today.
 

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Subject: Subject: that DanD anti-Israeli e-mailer

Hey Bart old buddy,
They wanted you to rebuke DanD.

Give anyone with the time and inclination to do so, a slot for an opposing viewpoint.
Right there - on a linked page - in good old Bartcop.

Go Ahead I dare you,,,,,,lol
 Hoosier Tim

P.S. It could get interesting
 

Since the Middle Eastern quicksand is something into which I refuse to step,
I can't imagine why I would submit to your suggestion.

....but check this out:
 

Subject: just one more thing

We have to stop meeting this way.

Whaaaa...?

No disrespect, but I wonder if youíve visited Israel or spoken to many Israelis?

Negative.
My expertise in this field is a lack of religious insanity.
I hold a Doctorate in the field of lack of religious insanity.

Stating that Israelis donít want peace is like saying all Americans supported the
horrible, horrible war in Iraq.  As you can testify, we didnít.

I disagree.
If, say, 60% of Israel was tired of suicide bombs, why don't they vote to move to America?

We have room, and it would be way cheaper in treasure and blood
to move them here than to try to protect them way the fuck over there.

We give Israel what?  Wild guess $20B a year.  (How'd I do?)

Why not instead spend $100B on a five year project to move them to OK and AZ and NM?
They still got their precious desert but they're no longer surrounded by 20M Arabs who want them dead.

But for the religiously insane, that's a lose-lose.

Dying is what both sides live for.

Sand is fucking sand.

Graduate beyond the non-existent Invisible Cloud Being bullshit and the logic is clear.
You either want to watch your kids grow up and have their own kids,
or you want the non-existent Invisible Cloud Being to be happy.

Christ, what year us this, 600 AD?

You can not serve two masters.

Between your kid's lives and illogical religious supersition, it would be way cool
if I could depend on my fellow science-based non-Neo-Cons to chose f-ing life.

And if you can't find a way to chose your kids over crazy-ass superstituion,
then I'll just say, as I have for many years, I'm glad you're not my parents.

You'd have to be religiously insane to INSIST on living in a desert
surrounded by 20M suicide bombers who want you f-ing dead at any cost.

Sidebar:
I guess "suicide bomber" and "at any cost" are redundant.

Israel is a melting pot for Jewish people from all over the world, and most Israeli citizens are actually
secular and do not practice Judaism.  Most of them simply want refuge; to live someplace where they
sincerely hope they wonít be made into lampshades.  Their country is teeny, tiny, and surrounded by
hostile neighbors and the sea.  Itís hot as hell, and talk about cabin fever.  Not much room to go anywhere,
and people in the region like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tend to cause them alarm.  Go figure..

My point exactly.
Why should we spend billions of dollars in taxes and thousands of military lives to prevent your
religiously-insane neighbors from invading your religiously-insane country?  What's the point?

If it wasn't for that darned religious insanity, Israelis would agree to re-locate, right?
You think a Haitian would have any problem re-locating right now?

If you don't like where you are, but you INSIST on staying there,
don't come to me when your stupidity endangers your people.

A death-free option in moving to the US in clearly presented to the Israeli government,
but they said, "No, we PREFER God's Holy Sand to watching our children outlive us."

I don't get it.

Personally, the whole mystical sacred geographical thingie is beyond me, and itís ironic that
ďthe holy landĒ for three different religions is a place that may never see peace.

You suggest that a desert someplace else might work out better for everybody, but after the
Holocaust things were hectic, and at this particular point in time I am really thinking that a new
desert is not exactly a viable option.  I could be wrong.  Perhaps the Outback is available.

ha ha

Dude - it sounds like we might agree!

Wait...

Chris, we could give the Israelis f-ing Detroit!

ha ha

Seriously, we have two major cities who could use an serious influx of Jewish money!

If you have a nice fur coat, the land values in Detroit are unbeatable!
If you miss that whole "by the sea" thing, New Orleans needs Jewish doctors and lawyers!

Hell, if they had any experience in border control, we could give Israel southern Arizona and....

Damn, when I hit the home run, can they even find the ball in the bay?

Let's move Israel to the AZ-CA border.

Ladies and gentleman, I give you New Israel!!!

But no, that would make sense so we can't do that.
We'd have better security, we'd save money, we'd save lives,
but you know what the very best part of this plan would be?

And I don't mean to paint with too big a brush, 
but if they lose Israel as an excuse - could things change?

If the Infidel pig-footers are "chased away" doesn't that mean the Arabs won?

Beside, they have nukes.
They can guard my border anyday.
Plus, if they expand in to New Mexico they could defend us from a Texas pre-emptive strike!

Obviously, itís a heated, historically and politically complicated issue with many facets.
If you want to steer clear of it; fine.  If you want to raise a storm, print emails like Dan Díís.
Just sayinÖ..
 BamLit
 

I printed DanD's e-mail so people could argue directly with him :)

Since nobody in history has ever changed their minds about the subject,
why do people even want to discuss it?
 

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Hands-Off Obama
 Leaves Health Care To Reid & Pelosi - what?

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 Excerpt:
Obama, hammered for taking a hands-off approach on health care to begin with, has all but disappeared from 
the discussions as Congressional leaders attempt to figure out a way to finalize a health care plan with just 59 Senate seats.

Our sources suggest to us the White House has been hands-off since the fate of the health care bill went from 
nearly done to unbelievably uncertain this week.  Obama's health care message has been to say he hopes 
Congress tries to "move quickly to coalesce around those elements of the package that people agree on," 
a signal many took as backing away to let leaders do what they think is most politically viable.

A White House aide insisted Obama is "engaged" on health care 
and that "active" discussions are happening in an around the Oval Office.
 

Man, it's sad to see him backing down after spending the year backing down.
How do you walk away from youtr signature initiative?
 

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Weiner: Where was Obama?

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 Excerpt:
A major problem for Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is a lack of compelling leadership from the White House.

"There is never a big legislative thing like this that happens without the full-throated and muscular advocacy of the president. 
They just don't happen without it. Now, they decided we are going to do this a little differently, we are going to sit back and 
kind of let the legislative process go through its ebb and its flow and its groans... To the credit of the president and Rahm, t
hey've gotten further than anyone else has gotten. But what they sacrificed in that was a clear message where voters came 
away with the idea of: 'Hey, we are getting something of value here,'" Weiner said

For Weiner, the administration misfired by thinking health care could be crafted
through negotiation and not the powers of persuasion -- not using the bully pulpit."'
 
 

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USSC: Money doesn't corrupt

 

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The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support 
or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts 
to influence federal campaigns.

By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said companies can be prohibited 
from using money from their general treasuries to produce and run their own campaign ads. 
The decision, which almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely 
in campaigns, threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.

It leaves in place a prohibition on direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions.
 

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