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2472 - A Stiff Jack and a Cracker
"You don't relish combat when it becomes personal and nasty." -- David Axelrod to Obama, 2006 Link
And Obama's refusal to fight
is killing the Democrats right now.
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"Obama is trying to re-engage with Republicans,
but quite frankly he is not dealing with the party of Lincoln, he is dealing
with the party of Palin, McConnell and the Boehner. They have a political strategy, which
is that fierce opposition, trying to say no to everything will endure to their political benefit,
and so far it looks like that is working for them, so I don't see them changing all that
much." -- John Podesta,
So why does Obama continue to try to reason with the barking
Excerpt: Senator Evan Bayh's abrupt announcement on Monday
that he will retire at the end of his term
has further united disparate voices within the
Democratic Party behind the idea that legislative action
is the only remedy to avoid future political
In the wake of the Cowardly Quotter's announcement,
a host of figures have chimed in to warn
that failure in jobs and health care legislation
have sapped the party's momentum and fortunes.
Kos said that the best way for Democrats to salvage
the fate of the party before the 2010
elections is clear: "Deliver on their campaign
"No one is asking them to go out on a limb and
do something they didn't first run by the American people,"
Kos wrote. 'The Dems are where they are because
they got elected promising to be a party
able to govern, and then spent the last year
proving themselves wrong.'"
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I've had the same experience since 2004.
It's a perfect car that runs like a dream.
"At some point it became clear that the consensus
of official Washington, including many Democrats, is that torture is awesome, the rule
of law only applies to Al Gore, Bill Clinton's penis, and all people who don't have important DC jobs, and
all it takes to nullify the constitution is to call someone a terraist. I don't know how to change this, and
electing the Hopey Changey guy didn't help much." -- Atrios, telling it like it is, Link
According to the Yahoo news report on your website,
there is no snow in Hawaii right now.
That's right -- no snow on the 13,769-ft. peak
of Mauna Loa, which generally holds a little snow year-round.
What happened to the snow? It sounds like
Excerpt: If the United States had a functioning criminal
justice system for the powerful – not just for run-of-the-mill
offenders – Cheney would have convicted himself
and some Bush bastards with his comments on "This Week."
On Sunday, Cheney pronounced himself "a big supporter
of waterboarding" and that has long been treated
by U.S. authorities as a serious war crime, such
as when Japanese commanders were prosecuted for using it
on American prisoners during World War II.
Cheney was unrepentant about his support for the
technique. He answered with an emphatic "yes" when asked
if he had opposed Bush’s decision to suspend
waterboarding – after it was employed against three "high-value
detainees" sometimes in repetitive sequences.
He added that waterboarding should still be "on the table" today.
Cheney then went further. Speaking with a sense
of impunity, he casually negated a key line of defense that
senior Bush officials had hidden behind for years
– that the brutal interrogations were approved by independent
Justice Department legal experts who thus gave
them a legitimate reason to believe the actions were within the law.
However, on Sunday, Cheney acknowledged that the
White House had told the Justice Department lawyers
what legal opinions to render. In other words,
the opinions amounted to ordered-up lawyering to permit the
administration to do whatever it wanted.
I think Parry is saying this isn't really news in and of itself - we
always knew they cooked the books
and told the Justice Department what legal opinions they'd like to
hear, but Cheney's willingness to
admit this on national TV shows how safe from prosecution Cheney thinks
the Bush bastards are.
Think how much more reckless and law-breaking the next criminal admnistration
will be knowing
that the Democrats will NEVER, no matter what, charge a Republican
with a serious crime.
Bart, I'm 43. I remember my grandfather
had a Japanese-made 'transistor' radio (from the early '60s).
Back in those days anything Japanese made was
considered junk. A couple years ago I found that radio.
It had a solid heft to it, it still worked (although
the volume knob was noisy and needed cleaning), and the
plastic fit and finish were still very nice.
By today's standards that was far superior to any radio sold now.
I'm reminded of the great song by The Clash, The Maginificent Seven,
which includes the line,
"Gimme Honda, Gimme Sony, So cheap and real
Maybe that meant something in England in the late seventies
but it sounds way off-target 30 years later.
Excerpt: Remember back when Republicans didn't want George
Bush to campaign with them? Well, 13 months into
Obama's presidency, and Democrats are already
rebuffing him: Some Democrats keep distance from Obama.
As Obama's approval ratings sag and the mood of
voters sours, some Democratic congressional candidates
are distancing themselves from the White House,
with the back-channel blessing of party officials.
The candidates are acting no less frustrated with
the Obama administration than people back home.
Rep. Dennis Cardoza, a Democrat who represents
a California Central Valley district burdened by
high unemployment and home foreclosures, said
in an interview: "The Obama administration has failed
miserably in trying to solve the problem."
I'm stunned! Who could have possibly thought that
a problem couldn't be solved by a guy who has
no experience in the private sector, has never
been in charge of anything of consequence, tended to vote
"present" on the tough legislation, and has surrounded
himself with beyond partisan Chicago hacks and
extremists while he plays golf, shoots some hoops,
and uses Air Force One to see the sights?
Besides the "outsourced most of his agenda
to Congress" issues, of course.
Obama's problem isn't that he lack experience.
Obama's problem isn't that he was never in charge
Obama's problem isn't that he tended to vote
"present" on tough issues.
Obama's problem isn't that he surrounded himself
with partisan Chicago hacks
Obama's problem isn't that he plays too much
golf or uses AF1 improperly.
But you're right about that that last sentence.
His problem is his refusal to come to work, sending
Pelosi and Reid, instead.
If we wanted Reid and Pelosi to run the country, we would've voted for
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"If Democrats demanded an "up or down vote"
on individual issues because "elections have consequences", they would be appealing to Americans'
basic sense of fairness. When the concept of a filibuster is properly framed as a procedural roadblock employed
by a small number of malcontent senators to prevent their colleagues - who won the last election - from
voting, the public strongly disapproves. Why? Because even partisans agree that our democratic system should not
permit a minority from grinding the government to a halt." -- JO, Link
The poor Democrats can't even frame a question - how did they
get in politics?
I can frame the mother-effer out of a question - I do it every
day, but our idiot
Democrats are so inept and frozen with fear - they can't do anything
It might be different if the Democratic party had a leader who
would come to work.
Hundreds of world-class athletes trained on that
luge course prior to the Georgian luger's unfortunate accident.
I'm the last one to pre-judge a complete investigation,
but if hundred's of others stay on course and one does not,
that seems to indicate that the individual had
a bigger momentary problem. How many times have automobile drivers
lost control on a highway corner that others
navigate just fine at both higher and lower speeds?
How about that one rare airplane that crashes
at the end of a runway when thousands of planes successfully take off
and land every day? More often than not, it is
pilot error. As for wrapping those posts, it would have been a ridiculous
exercise in futility. Did you see the film? The
athlete flew off the course at about 90 mph and completely stopped on
sudden impact with the post. There is nothing
on his uniform or on those posts that could have saved him.
To say that padding could have helped or saved
him is to defy physics and physiology.
The wall that was put up afterward made a degree
of sense but the course is not meant to be a tunnel. Yes, the course
was fast, but then the Olympic motto is "Swifter,
Higher, Stronger," and that's what engineers seem to have achieved.
The truly elite athletes in the sport were ready
to take on the challenge. I can't guess what caused the crash. The athlete
was young and from a poorer country without its
own training facilities. He was not that experienced, but then again,
how does any driver or pilot build experience
but by doing? In an icy chute and at lightning speeds, anything can happen.
The vast majority of the racers did not crash
and only one died. The course did not wobble, the rider's sled did.
Not to belittle his tragic loss in any way but
the odds indicate that the individual was at "fault," if you want to call
You might have a point.
Spending $1200 to make that luge safe would be wasted money.
Excerpt: Michael Tom Steele plans to meet Tuesday with
about 50 teabaggers. The California GOP chairman recently
trained teabaggers on political organizing and
is planning a party-sponsored rally. The South Carolina GOP has
a resource-sharing agreement with tea party groups.
The North Dakota party chairman hosted a tea party-GOP
rally Friday and is urging fellow state chairs
to do the same.
But for teabaggers, who want desperately to be
taken seriously, it’s a little bit of careful what you wish for.
Some have welcomed the attention, forging tentative
alliances or at least opening channels of communication,
usually to intense criticism from fellow teabaggers.
But most have either proudly spurned Republican advances
or approached the barking dogs apprehensively,
keenly aware that while Republican resources and infrastructure
could both boost the tea party movement to a
new level of effectiveness, the GOP’s tainted brand could also
jeopardize the independence that is part of their
"The Republican Party has always been a grass-roots
party," lied Steele "And I respect the healthy debate that
is going on in the states," lied Steele again,
who was denied a speaking slot at an April teabagger protest (though
he said he hadn’t requested one) but has heaped
praise on the movement and sought to affiliate the RNC with it.
"It is extremely important to find common ground
and fight this uppitty nigger in the White House so we can have
smaller government, fewer resources, lower taxes
for the super-rich, free enterprise to ensure another round of
looting on Wall Street and the Constitution shredded
by Sarah Palin," Steele said.
"Mary Johnson, recording secretary of the Las
Cruces Tea Party, described why she fears the government.
She pointed out how much easier it is since
Sept. 11 for the government to tap telephones and scour e-mail,
bank accounts and library records."
Funny how these clowns supported all that
until a black man was president, huh?
When Bush was destroying America, they
When the Black man inherited a destroyed
country, they got angry and belligerent.
This is the America that the tea-baggers want back.
"How the hell can you have partisan gridlock
when your party has 60 freaking seats? How can you have partisan gridlock
when you have a super majority in the Senate and a clear-cut majority in the House,
how can there be partisan gridlock?" --
El Pigboy, taunting the idiot Democrats
This is what happens when
the president refuses to come to work.
Why did he fight so hard (and make Hillary
into a racist)
if he never wanted the job in the first
place? Where is he?
Obama's performance is seen as so bad, voters might reward the
(who destroyed everything) with full control of the government
Next election, the average dumb-ass voter just might be asking
for more of this:
If only we could get Obama to start leading, we could still come
out of this.
But does anyone think he's going to change?
Is Obama going to give us President Palin in 2012?
"Let's put the blame for this lack of action
and acomplishment squarely where it belongs: Obama. He has noble intentions of "changing
the tone" in Washington, but sometimes high-mindedness is simply naivet?. Enough with the
Gandhi-esque shit - it's time to pass some bills that will make a positive impact in the lives of millions
of Americans." -- TW,
One of Obama's problems is he's too nice.
If, say, Mary Landrieu comes to him and says,
"I can't vote with you this time," Obama smiles and laughs and says, "It's
OK to have an honest difference of opinion."
Is he going to keep playing Mr Nice Guy?
The election is less than 10 months away and voters are angry
Excerpt: Every year, Medical Marijuana Week focuses public
on the need for safe access to medical marijuana.
Activists and organizations across the country
use Medical Marijuana Week to educate the community and get active.
ASA allies, chapters, affiliates, ambassadors,
and activists hold events and activities that help with their local goals.
I am a PATIENT not a criminal
My other medicine is addictive
STOP ARRESTING PATIENTS
MAKE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGAL
While we're at it, Poker is NOT a crime.
Why can't these busybodies find something constructive to do with their
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"The United Kingdom has forcefully rejected
Glenn Beck. In fact, the UK broadcast of his show "was forced to run without any advertisements"
for five days in a row as of yesterday. Additionally, 103 companies have agreed to stop their ads
from appearing on his program. Some of the latest defections include Allstate, Anheuser-Busch, Marriott
International, Volkswagen, and Western Union."
-- Amanda Terkel, Link
On the other hand, they love him so much
they'll lose money running his hate show ad-free?
Excerpt: The Massachusetts man charged with stockpiling
weapons after saying he feared an imminent “Armageddon”
appears to have been active in the Tea Party
movement, and saw Sarah Palin, who he said is on a "righteous
'Mission from God', "as the only figure capable
of averting the destruction of society.
Gregory Girard was found with a stash of military
grade weapons, explosive devices including tear gas and
pepper ball canisters, camouflage clothing, knives,
handcuffs, bulletproof vests and helmets, and night vision
goggles, say police. They believe Girard, who
pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, was “preparing for
domestic and political turmoil,” and feared martial
law would soon be imposed.
Girard’s wife said her husband had recently told
her: "Don’t talk to people, shoot them instead,” (Cheney's
and "it's fine to shoot people in the head
because traitors deserve it."
But it appears that Girard had lately found a
community with which to share some of his growing fears.
A "Greg Girard" of Manchester, Mass., has a personal
page on the "Patriots of America" online network,
a popular site affiliated with Teabaggers. The
phone number listed on the page is the same as the number
listed on the website of Girard’s consulting
firm, which appears to have been run out of his home.
Watching the Olympics, Vancouver seems like a nice place to live.
Excerpt: Sarah Palin is angry at Fox Broadcasting Co.
because its saucy cartoon show "Family Guy" portrayed
a teenage girl with Down syndrome telling another
character that her mom is the former governor of Alaska.
A song and dance routine followed, with language
ridiculing people with disabilities.
Funny, when the vulgar Pigboy (head of the GOP) does it, "it's
But when a comedy cartoon does it, "it's a
vicious kick in the gut."
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