Kyl said he doesn't expect Napolitano to start "bringing home the bacon" in her new role but said Arizona stands to benefit from a Homeland Security secretary well-versed in the state's concerns.That's quite a compliment from one of the corruption crowd.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Guess not as Politico has an entire article by Michael Calderone grousing about which reporters Obama chooses or does not choose to ask questions. Their whole pecking order has been turned topsy turvy. They much preferred to be treated as pets by BushCo than as adults (which, of course, many of them are not).
Pick a reporter, any reporter by Michael CalderonePoor, poor babies.
When President-elect Barack Obama meets the press Wednesday morning for his third news conference in as many days, it’s anyone’s guess which reporters he’ll call on.
|Today's QUOTES:||Make no mistake about another thing: Obama doesn’t care one damn bit what liberal blogs say about him, so the notion that heat from the blogs caused this is laughable on its face.|
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Bank Of America Over Draft Fee Scam B of A takes millions from it customers with a scam Los Angeles CaliforniaThe above report mirrors what happened to me. My statement show no overdraft, yet B of A has charge me a $35.00 overdraft charge based on what I gather is some sequence of pending transactions. They supply no permanent statement of transactions other than those that actually post to my account. And that statement shows no overdraft.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
|Today's QUOTES:||I'm listening to interviews like this and wondering where the people are on Obama's economic team who have any sense of what workers and blue collar people are experiencing in this economy right now. Now that we've bailed out the people responsible for this mess, shouldn't we start thinking of those who had no hand in its creation, but are hit the worst? Because this real cool future where we make only iPods or something, only better, doesn't seem to include them.|
--Google’s Eric Schmidt And A Brave New World by Jane Hamsher, firedoglake.com
... Oddly, that praise is pouring forth despite what many economic experts say is the role -- perhaps critical roles -- that each of them played in enabling this crisis in the first place.
--Widespread praise for Obama's new economic team by Glenn Greenwald, salon.com
And Janet Napolitano is leaving Arizona in the hands of a Republican governor: Uneasiness over how [Jan] Brewer might cut budget.
The handles of supermarket carts are scummier than port-a-potties, according to a recent University of Arizona study. ---Chandler grocery chain washes shopping carts by Donna Hogan, East Valley Tribune
Emptywheel expands upon the currently ongoing ideology vs pragmatism debate:
... Ideology not only defines means to solutions, but it also defines what the problems are, and in so doing produces a narrative to focus on some problems while ignoring others. It's important to acknowledge this point, because most dominant foreign policy ideologies start from the assumption that oil equals power and that US hegemony is the goal, which leads logically to certain conclusions, including war with Iraq. (This is one of the problems underlying this discussion: while the progressives Glenn aligns with consistently support certain kinds of decisions, their views don't amount to a formal foreign policy ideology, which is why many national figures who opposed the war are pragmatists. We may be seeing the formulation of an alternative to US hegemony based on sustainability and solutions to climate change, but thus far there isn't the infrastructure for those ideas to amount to a formal ideology.)
That said, one could argue that Obama isn't so free from ideology himself. Here's the answer he gives to Daniel's question about his goals: he seeks "a more just and secure world for our children." At least in his own mind, Obama's weighed his choices not against the materialist measure Glenn suggests a pragmatist would be guided by, but justice and security. Obama even names three policies that would support this principle:
- Vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty
- Make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people
- Wean ourselves off Middle East oil
Gosh. That's about as far from Kissinger's realpolitik as you get. It's also, with the call to wean ourselves off Middle Eastern oil, far outside the existing dominant ideologies inside the DC beltway. And note, with his comment that neocon ideology serves to distract us from problems at home, Obama also implicitly ties what we do in the Middle East to economic justice within the US. Call that ideology or call it a pragmatic focus on governing as a whole, but by yoking domestic conditions to foreign policy, Obama's getting beyond the pigeonholes of both good and bad foreign policy ideology as it currently exists in DC.
Monday, November 24, 2008
- When [Susan Jean] can, the retired Tucsonan hangs a small bag of food on a fencepost near her home at East Grant and North Country Club roads. Within an hour or two, she said, the bag is gone.
- "I've been involved in food banking for 16 years and I've never seen anything like this, outside of a natural disaster like (hurricanes) Katrina or Rita." --William Carnegie, CEO, Tucson Community Food Bank
- Lines have been so long at the Tucson Community Food Bank that CEO William Carnegie said that if he squints and imagines a black-and-white image, it could be a Great Depression photo.
- Some elderly residents are living in cold houses as they struggle to stretch limited funds, while their younger neighbors search for jobs.
- "Even though I was a little girl, I still got the feeling that people really wanted to help each other, but I don't get that feeling now, that feeling of togetherness, of people really coming together to help people," she said.
- "People have very, very tough decisions to make," she said. "Do I buy food, or do I pay my property taxes?"
- Montaño, 33, said that though her husband has a good job in construction, it doesn't pay enough now to cover food, gasoline and the mortgage on their Southwest Side home for two adults and five children.
- ... this year One Stop is seeing a lot more professionals who can't find work.
- "People are scared. [...] "I know people who have not taken any kind of hit, so to speak, and they're looking out their windows and saying, 'There, but for the grace of God, go I.' "
- "On any given day, there are 50 to 100 people waiting outside for our doors to open," [...] I've been involved in food banking for 16 years and I've never seen anything like this outside of a natural disaster like (hurricanes) Katrina or Rita."
- Beginning in 2009, it will distribute one instead of two emergency food boxes each month. About 5,000 families rely on the second box, he said, but the Food Bank is operating at capacity and expects another increase in demand in January, February and March. -- It also will not distribute holiday food boxes this year, which should save it close to $300,000. Last year, it gave out 20,000 holiday boxes in November and December.
- He said some of the people who come by for coffee between 6:30 and 8 a.m. have been awake since 3 a.m., when they again tried and failed to get a day-labor job.
- "Last year at this time, we were feeding about 500 people a week, and this year we're feeding more than 1,000," she said. "If regular people are feeling this, you can imagine how it is for people who have been poor all along." -- The hardest thing, she said, is turning away people who are hungry. -- "You should see them," said Wright, who has been running this program for 20 years. "I can't even look at their faces."
|Today's QUOTES:||... In other words, there ought to be even more criticism of the probable Brennan selection, but much less gasping in surprise and asking, “How could Obama do that?”|
Sunday, November 23, 2008
|This is what Barack Obama is stepping into. He's going to offer a hand of friendship and Senate Republicans are going to bite it off. They are thoroughly disinterested in compromise. They view it as a threat.|
Thursday, November 20, 2008
LIEberman and FISA lies are a lot to overcome.
|Today's QUOTES:||One of the things I always find most amazing about conservatives is their propensity to greet any defeat with total defiance and inverse reasoning. ...|
Arizonan will head Homeland SecurityThen down toward the end of the article this
Arizona Demcratic Gov. Janet Napolitano has been chosen to serve as secretary of the vast and troubled Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Barack Obama, Democratic officials said
The Democratic officials said Napolitano has not been officially offered the job but is likely to be named and to accept. The selection was first reported by CNN.These people should be selling cars in a roadless country.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Because LIEberman has shown such a penchant for responsible, ethical and supportive behavior during his public career ...
... there is a potential upside to the way things played out. It's pretty clear from the statements of various parties, including Lieberman himself, that Obama's expressed desire to bury the hatchet was instrumental in allowing Lieberman to retain his chairmanship. Obama didn't have to do this. ...Yeah, right ...
Everyone on Capitol Hill and in the press corps knows this. So, in a very real sense, Lieberman is now beholden to Obama. He's owes him one. And there may be times in the next few years when President Obama needs to cash that in, when he needs Lieberman's vote on a key piece of legislation or needs Lieberman's help to convince people like John McCain and Lindsay Graham to break ranks and join the Democrats. And when that happens, President Obama will have an important chip to play. He'll be able to call Lieberman into the Oval Office, sit him down, and say "look, Joe, remember when the Senate was voting to remove you from your chairmanship? I stepped up for you then. I need you to step up for me now."
|Today's QUOTES:||The FISA Lie: Barack Obama gave his word (likely to cravenly gain credibility with Russ Feingold, Wisconsin Democratic primary voters, and the netroots) that he was against retroactive telcom immunity and would filibuster any attempt to pass it through the Senate. Then, when his nomination was all but assured and the bill came up for a vote, Barack Obama showed his colors and shoved the shiv once again in the raw bloody back of the progressives and netroots. Obama turned on a dime and not only did not filibuster, it was his lead that Pelosi and Reid followed in ramming the craptastic FISA Amendments Act through with retroactive immunity for the Bush/Cheney criminals. Heckuva job Baracky! ...|
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We accepted the statement made by one of the more senior member of the senate that this is not a time for retribution, it's a time for moving forward on the problems of this country.Who wanted retribution? I wanted competence and responsibility. That would have been change I could believe in. I think the Senate's self defined leadership has exceeded its expiration date. They are all exceeding stale. Their behavior is set. Their minds are looping uncontrollably. We need new models with enhanced analytical skills, not to mention some backbone and character thrown in for good measure.
Of course it was Obama, not the Senate, who promised change. The Democratic Senate proudly defy the voters to toe the line to Republican dictates. It makes them think they are strong. If they are doing what the Republicans want them to do and not what the people who voted for them want then that must be strength, right? Not betrayal! Certainly not the results of a mental disease (like the Stockholm Syndrome).
Watch the Congress' approval ratings continue downward. These relics will not learn. The only hope for change (ha, ha) is replacing them with better Democrats. That takes time, time I doubt we have.
Oh goody, Lieberman credits Obama with saving him. Great, now I don't know whether Lieberman is lying as usual or whether Obama was a very active participant, rather than a willling observer, in screwing the voters.
|So competence was not part of the promised change? Apparently Democratic Senators were unable to comprehend the memo just received from the voters.|
1. Antonin Scalia sounded like a complete ass on Monday as the Supreme Court heard arguments on a federal gun ban that bars those convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.I won't dispute Scalia's ass-ness but in this case his argument is rather logical. And as much as I hate defending Scalia, his job is judging constitutionality of US laws. Too bad he doesn't do that more often ... then one might give him credit for something other than siding with domestic abusers.
Monday, November 17, 2008
What a nasty, spiteful writer, Benjamin Sarlin, and former, and hopefully never again, aides. This trivia was linked to by the huffington post.
White House's help to automakers might defuse Democrats' plans by David 'Congress-wants-to-spend-more' LightmanIf you are interested in well organized facts, strategies and possible motivations go to firedoglake.com. Certainly McClatchy has given up on real reporting, I gather. One expects loaded words on most blogs (I certainly use them) but I would not expect to use them if writing a news article, nor did I used them when I wrote reports for businesses. David Lightman, however, starts right out with loaded words and phrases:
- Congress wants to spend more,
- take steam out of;
I'm aware that news oriented bloggers could not exist with out the media. I just wish, and no longer expect, the news media to act responsibly. It is my opinion that they are dragging the country down and if this Constitutional representative Democracy finally fails it will be in large part due to news media malfeasance.
|Many eyes opening about the Mormon and Catholic Churches while the Dem 'leadership' keeps its eyes wide shut.|
... Seeing them [the Mormon Church] come out for Prop 8 when they had declined to act on torture was all the extra motivation I needed.
--JC Christian, Tremonton, UT - Redemption, signing for something.org
... [Congressional Democratic leaders] consider it a good thing -- not a bad thing -- when they anger their own base. They're thrilled when they get accused -- accurately -- of acting like Republicans and supporting right-wing measures, particularly on national security and "terrorism" issues. They consider it a benefit -- an incentive -- when they are attacked for embracing Republican political policies and violating the principals of their own base.
--The mind of the Democratic leadership by Glenn Greenwald, salon.com
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Ditzy as in dippy, dizzy, dopey.
|The joke's on us|
... and the Mormon Church.
|... since ignoring Bush is paramount in the American Corporate Journalism Way there was never a chance our yapping talking TV heads were going to state the plain truth of who Palin is, the parallels to who is sitting in the White House would have been far too plain and uncomfortable.|
--It Wasn’t Loss of Nerve by paradox, The Left Coaster
So -- the Church directly instructed its membership on the roles they were to play in the campaign, allegedly contributed hundreds of thousands in unreported in-kind contributions, kept actual politicking off their lavish campuses, and directed as much as twenty million dollars in church members' contributions to the YES campaign.
But now they'd rather not have the bright spotlight of publicity on them, their members who contributed, and the businesses who contributed? ... You can speak your piece in the public square, but you may also be held accountable for your speech and your politicking by your fellow citizens.
--How the Mormons Overcame Voter Apathy on Prop 8 by Teddy Partridge, firedoglake.com
Can someone show me where in the Constitution or Bill Of Rights it says that "people of faith" are somehow exempt from facing protests? That their "democratic right to express their views in the public square" trumps everyone else's?
--First Amendment for We But Not for Thee by Eli, firedoglake.com
|Wherein we learn whether or not Obama intends to manage his own brain|
Friday, November 14, 2008
No Communion For Obama Supporters, Says South Carolina PriestSo this Catholic Church priest is saying that Catholics were evil to vote for Obama because he sorta supports a woman having the right to make decisions about her own body.
By inference, it appears that this priest thinks bomb, bomb, bombing Iran would be just dandy.
So lots and lots of dead bodies is OK with the Catholic Church (history shows this to be so) but never, never should a woman be allowed to abort a fetus.
So killing human beings after they have been born is no biggie, but killing even a few cells that are incapable of life on their own is a Catholic no, no.
Leahy Becomes First Senator To Demand Lieberman's Ouster From Homeland Security CommitteeTruth is so simple. The above is not the entire case against Lieberman but is in itself sufficient to decide he should not be chairing important committees for the Dems. Another reason would be that he already has a history of not acting responsibly as chairman.
"I'm one who does not feel that somebody should be rewarded with a major chairmanship after doing what he did."
"I felt some of the attacks that he was involved in against Senator Obama...went way beyond the pale," Leahy continued. "I thought they were not fair, I thought they were not legitimate, I thought they perpetuated some of these horrible myths that were being run about Senator Obama."
"I would feel that had I done something similar," Leahy concluded, "that I would not be chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next Congress."
On the other hand, those attempting to make a case for rewarding Lieberman for acting in a thoroughly irresponsible manner sound more like they're following a Republican script.
So much for the idea that the Dems can take care of Lieberman later if he should act like himself (which he will). Seems it takes:
a Senate resolution to change a chairmanship, and that resolution could be subject to a filibuster." ...[U]nder Bayh's proposed scenario, Republicans would have every reason to filibuster a new Senate resolution taking Lieberman's chairmanship away if he was proving an effective antagonist of President Obama.So either the Dems act responsibly now or they are going to pay dearly for their recalcitrant behavior later.
Please look beyond petty power plays for a few minutes and do your jobs.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The same way that there is a vague implication that if the Democratic caucus takes away Holy Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee chairmanship he will do something drastic, like cutting off his nose, there is a vague implication that Wall Street executives might get angry and so something to spite their faces if they're bonuses become part of a plan to bailout the economic mess their unabashed greed and stupidity caused. -- For Many At The Top The Economic Crisis Isn't Cramping Any StyleSooner or later someone is going to remember where those guillotines were stored.
I suggest that we return to first principles. At the top of that list has to be a recommitment to limited government. After eight years of profligate spending and soaring deficits, voters can be forgiven for not knowing that limited government has long been the first article of faith for Republicans.After that whopping understatement he goes on to propose propagandizing a message of 'economic freedom' as a way to save the Republican Party and stop the Democrats from implementing any meaningful changes to help the country out of the mess Bush and these same Republican left it in. I suppose there are plenty of people willing to believe them again.
By the way, Jeff Flake was the only member of Congress to vote no on the Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2008.
NOTE: Some wording changed in this post.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
LDS Documents Reveal Eleven Year Collaboration with RCC on Marriage EqualityIt sure aint! It also should disqualify them for tax exempt status. What is the IRS doing about this? What is the Congress doing about this. If they are going to be active political organizations then they need to be out in the open, not hidden and secret. One would think these two religious entities have something to hide.
The media in Salt Lake City have discovered the documents revealed prior to Election Day that show a long-time collaboration between the Mormons and the Catholics to destroy what they call "Homosexual Legal Marriage."
Americans need to understand that these two powerful church hierarchies have been working closely together to deny us civil rights, for a long time.
And that's not right.
Added: Really this is becoming ridiculous. Now the Catholic Church attacks Congress and Obama by claiming that certain policy actions they may take will be an attack on the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is making what I think is called a preemptive strike (sound like they are starting the 'war' to me).
The nation's Catholic bishops Tuesday approved a statement declaring that if the Democratic-controlled Congress and the incoming Obama administration enact proposed abortion rights legislation, they would see it as an attack on the church.Obviously I had a different idea of what religion was supposed to be in the US. But it's obvious the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church are trying to control our laws to force their rigid views of what's right and wrong (instead of teaching their beliefs to the adherents of their faiths and administering to the needs of their congregations). They have decided that the Constitution and rights of US citizens must be set aside for their beliefs. Our beliefs don't matter. Again, their freedom to choose and follow their religious beliefs is not enough. They must make us all follow them also.
No thank you. I am definitely being radicalized by the action of these two organizations. I will look askance at everything they do from now on. And I assume I'm not the only one.
Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) are all involved in the effort, according to top Senate Democratic aides. These four senators — along with other Lieberman allies — are reaching out to the rest of the Democratic Senate caucus to try to ensure Lieberman survives a secret ballot vote on whether to strip him of his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.Chris Dodd, Ken Salazar, Tom Carper, Bill Nelson (and Harry Reid) stand accused of insulting the country they work for and behaving as if the Senate is their own private juvenile playground.
Dems, to get Democrats, Independents and any reasonable Republicans still in that party to respect and support you, you will need to act responsibly. Kowtowing to Lieberman is not such an action.
During a Thursday meeting in Reid’s office, Lieberman told Reid that if he was stripped of his chairmanship he would bolt from the Democratic caucus, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already reached out to Lieberman should he decide to leave the Democratic side of the aisle.What could be better. Let the back stabber pick up his toys and go to what's left of the Thug Party. They deserve him.
Added: There's something pathologically responsibility-shirking about the behavior of these Senators (and Bill Clinton also, by the way). The willingness of these individuals to have such an unreliable person heading any Senate committees, but specially the ones that Lieberman chairs would not be the actions of any responsible person who respected the work these committees are supposed to do and who wished for that work to actually take place. So these Senators (and Bill Clinton) either have no expectations at all for these committees and/or want these committees to be completely non-productive and/or they want Lieberman, the back stabber, in a position where he can do the most harm.
- Federal Lobbyists cannot contribute financially to the transition.
- Federal lobbyists are prohibited from any lobbying during their work with the transition.
- If someone has lobbied in the last 12 months, they are prohibited from working in the fields of policy on which they lobbied.
- If someone becomes a lobbyist after working on the Transition, they are prohibited from lobbying the Administration for 12 months on matters on which they worked.
- A gift ban that is aggressive in reducing the influence of special interests.
Notice that lobbyist cannot contribute to the transition. Whoop-de-doo. It says nothing about participating in the transition and contributing later. Good grief.
What about "Federal lobbyists are prohibited from any lobbying during their work with the transition.?" So they're not lobbying but will they still be paid by their lobbying firms? Again, this isn't clear to me.
The bottom line seems to be that they will have some rules about gifts (but they aren't telling us what they are) and there will be an attempt to separate any lobbyist work from financial contributions based on time frame and the policy field they did the work in.
All in all, it's nice that they put something out but what about looking to other sources for help. Aren't there knowledgeable Americans that would like to help out. Americans that are NOT paid lobbyists? Americans who don't contribute money based on the acceptance of their writing our laws and policies? Really, I think there are, but I don't know if Obama is looking beyond the Washington initiated and corrupted for his advice. Is he?
"Everything to date has been voluntary, and it really hasn't worked ..."Now that's something we wouldn't have expected based on BushCo's history, would we?
Anyone paying attention for even a few of the last eight years knew that BushCo would botch everything up while mainlining our tax dollars into their friends' coffers. But Congress gave them the power and authorized the money with no strings, no oversight, no rules, not limits, no logic.
And given Harry Reid's inability to come to terms with his responsibility to get back stabber Lieberman off the Democratic committee leadership list we can assume that any Senate under Reid will continue toe the Republican line.
A significant majority of voters choose a Democrat to be President this month. In addition, voters have have increased the number of Democrats in both House and Senate in the last two elections. Reid's Republican-lackey approach to his job is not going to do those Democrats any good.
I'm of the opinion that both Reid and Lieberman must go. But since most of 'those people' think of themselves as select members of a club and not as representatives of the citizens of this country, it seems unlikely that Democrats will step up and put good leaders in either the House or the Senate.
A Silver Lining in Prop. 8?At least the passing of Proposition 8, which was on its way to oblivion until the Mormons and the Catholics poured tons of money into lies and fear mongering (religiously impressive, no?), has energized many in addition to gays. It didn't seem so generally important until it became clear that organized religion, in the form of Catholics and Mormons, were going to go all out to require that everyone should follow their religious dictates. Not being able to manage their own flocks, evidently, they wish to make their religious beliefs the law of the land. Not satisfied with their FREEDOM to worship and follow the rules they choose to believe in, they have gotten so arrogant and superior that they believe they have the right to dictate, through the law, how the rest of us will live.
Since the passage of California’s Proposition 8, there have been protests across California. ...
The Catholic Church is quite amorphous, but the Mormon Church is, I think, already aware of a backlash. Of course, even if these two churches were able to change all our laws to fit their most rigid desires then they would have to turn the fight onto each other. Somehow these two churches just don't exude brotherly love, do they? Hate, control, rigidity seems to what they stand for at present.
Monday, November 10, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama has informed party officials that he wants Joe Lieberman to continue caucusing with the Democrats in the 111th Congress, Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.He's surrounding himself with the DLC; now he's kissing up to Lieberman. Not good ...
Obama's decision could tie the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been negotiating to remove Lieberman as chair of the Homeland Security and Government Reform committee while keeping him within the caucus. Lieberman has insisted that he will split from the Democrats if his homeland security position is stripped.Now that's a laugh. Reid hasn't given any indication he is capable of taking such a stand for real. He just waffles and shuffles and hopes someone will take the decision out of his hands, which, apparently Obama has done.
How uninspiring not to mention un-change-like.
A Democrat close to Lieberman, meanwhile, said he thought that keeping Lieberman in the fold "would be a good move for Obama as a way to make real his promise of new politics, a less partisan Washington and more unity. He would do so at some risk. Obviously there is a liberal wing of the party that wants Joe punished... "I think these people are demented. Lieberman shouldn't be in the Democratic caucus or chairing a committee because he doesn't support the Democratic party. He supports Republicans over Democrats all the time. What's so difficult to understand here. This isn't about 'new politics.' This is about elected Democrats continuing to be patsies.
... despite new evidence that many employers are ignoring child labor laws. U.S. Department of Labor investigations have dropped by nearly half since fiscal year 2000.
... On a typical day, more than 400 juvenile workers are injured on the job. Once every 10 days, on average, a worker under the age of 18 is killed ...
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Harry Reid Still Defending Joe Lieberman: One of the Most Progressive People Ever To Come From the State of CTHarry Reid will never be a good Democratic leader for the Senate. Never! One can only assume in making these kind of excuses for Lieberman that Reid wishes to continue having one of his brother Thugs in sheeps' clothing in the Dem caucus and sabotaging committee hearings.
Gov. Sarah Palin returned to work in her Anchorage office Friday afternoon and spoke out against anonymously sourced stories critical of her behavior on the campaign trail, saying ...And in my opinion accurately describing the press, McCain and the entire GOP establishment:
I realize that someone who is lousy in one job can be outstanding in another. Sometimes it works out that way if one doesn't use Bush the Destroyer's administration as a model.
Instead of blocking and fouling legislation as a Congress Critter, ethically challenged Rahm Emanuel will be Obama's Chief of Staff.
There must be some irony in there somewhere ...
Saturday, November 8, 2008
If you are willing to believe these corporate controlled clowns [that McClatchy has been giving much space to since Obama's WIN then you will believe that in winning Democrats actually lose and should follow the direction of these overpaid corporate controlled clowns.
He just got elected to be President of the United States of America but he didn't really win and he better not do what the electorate expected when they voted for him. Oh, no, instead he should believe that he didn't really win and he should follow in the footsteps of the most hated White House resident in US history, George W. Bush, President of the Corporate States of America.
Here's another gem from the McClatchy/Thomma article: "The test for Obama, then, will be whether he can increase his support among his base while making inroads into those who are still suspicious of him if not hostile ...". Wonder if Thomma was similarly worried about Bush's lack of support with the populace. Probably not. After all, the corporate backed hacks all backed whatever Bush did. That was enough. Now their job is to get an Obama administration to toe the line to their corporate drum beat.
Democrats, specially in Congress, have not been very quick to understand that catering to the Corporate powers at the expense of the populace makes them very, very unpopular with the voters. It's actually a betrayal of the voters and of their oath of office. I hope Obama understands this.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Gurk! ZIRP! by Krugman: The unemployment rate has now risen more than 2 percentage points from its pre-recession low. In 1990-1992 the unemployment rate rose 2.6 percentage points. Given what’s happening to retail sales, manufacturing, and so on, it’s now a certainty that unemployment has a lot further to rise. So the “worst recession in 25 years” thing is now baked in. The only question is whether we hit “worst slump since the Great Depression” territory.and
Each flower is awarded to a specific entity. The Tucson City Council. The parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church.
But the thorn? The thorn is awarded to the "toll that the bad economy, and the housing downturn in particular, is having on our community." Bad 'toll.'
I can see why the Arizona Daily Star would not address the mistaken economic philosophies of Republicans as the Republicans just won a majority in the Arizona legislature. My guess is that Arizona has a lot more bad 'tolls' on the way.
But really were these questions meant to acquire information or to put Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano on the defensive:
- Does working on the transition team conflict with negotiating the budget?
- How does uncertainty about leaving for a Cabinet position affect those negotiations?
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Without bitterness or animosity, McCain stressed the need to move beyond the election and work together to get the country moving again.McCain, like Lieberman and all the Thugs, know they can do any and every despicable act and their media enablers will still sing their praises.
Money lobbies. Masses of voters intimidate.
Joe Trippi, the Internet politics guru whose computer geeks made Howard Dean a contender in 2004 and who went on to design Obama's socially networked campaign machine, offers a provocative and educated guess.
Trippi predicted that Obama would use his forces, first and foremost, to intimidate congressional foes of his agenda, rally his allies and forge "one of the most powerful presidencies in American history."
Intimidate: frighten, menace, terrify, scare, terrorize, cow, dragoon, subdue; threaten, browbeat, bully, pressure, harass, harry, hassle, hound, torment, tyrannize, persecute; informal lean on, push around, bulldoze, railroad, twist someone's arm, strong-arm.
Lobby: 1) seek to influence, try to persuade, bring pressure to bear on, importune, sway; petition, solicit, appeal to, pressurize. And 2) campaign for, crusade for, press for, push for, ask for, call for, demand; promote, advocate, champion.
It's the unspeakable solution to "the unsolved riddle of social justice." It's the unmentionable "ultimate solution" to the problem of full employment. It's the unutterable "preliminary condition without which all further attempts at improvement and emancipation must prove abortive."
Our alien visitor finds all this extremely fascinating. It just pointed to me how this approach is in direct conflict with the fact that 50.7% of all Americans are female. Mostly earthlings think that having one woman on a committee or a couple of women in a movie or television show is plenty! A movie which reflects that 50.7% frequency from real life is at risk for being labeled a chick flick, something for women only. A movie with 100% male cast has a fairly good chance of being seen as mainstream unless it's about porn.
Curious stuff. Now for the odd paradox of extreme visibility/invisibility: Because women are still often seen as Others, one or two representatives from that group both suffice AND draw our attention! This means that most women are invisible as people, but that the women in the public eye are extremely visible as spoonfuls of that amorphous substance called womanhood.
... In other words, it was the very embodiment of Glorious Beltway "bipartisan" foreign policy tribunals -- numerous hard-core, right-wing ideologues sprinkled with a couple of like-minded right-wing Democrats and a neutral establishment technocrat or two, all endorsing a pre-ordained, flagrantly extremist, war-loving policy which is then deemed "the harmonious mainstream Center" which no Serious Person opposes.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
And Arizona's Congress Critters are now comprised of 5 Dems and 3 Thugs as the fight in Northern AZ for Rick Renzi's congressional seat was won by the Democrat:
Flagstaff Democrat and former legislator Ann Kirkpatrick rode a significant fundraising edge to victory over Republican Sydney Hay, a mining-industry lobbyist well-known in conservative circles. Kirkpatrick focused her campaign on the rural district's economic concerns, while Hay emphasized gas prices and conservative touchstones like abortion and gun rights.The rest of Arizona's Critters stayed in place.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Isn't it always the way that when bigots are confronted with their actions they claim they are being discriminated against.
It's called hypocrisy, but it's unlikely that the people who involve themselves in the persecution of gays have the capacity to understand such issues. They just know they want to enshrine their beliefs in the law. Being free to follow their beliefs is not enough. They want everyone to suffer their hatred.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I don't know why LDS'ers decided to make enemies of those of us who don't agree with them on important life style issues, but they have. As the video makes clear if the LDS'ers will go after gays like this they will go after the rest of us also.
If they should succeed in trampling on the rights of gays then women will be next. After that what would they choose to do? Turn themselves into the FLDS?
I used to respectfully disagree with Mormons, even admired some aspects of their community. But now they have chosen to be an enemy of my rights as an individual and therefore of me. It was their choice, not mine.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Next month Tucson City Council members will start discussing what public programs they're willing to sacrifice to make up for a looming $51 million budget shortfall. They told City Manager Mike Hein to bring them suggestions by then.But even before that public discussion, city departments have started quietly cutting services and eliminating part-time and seasonal workers.The cuts are not part of the $10 million Hein told the council it needs to slash, but are listed in city budget memos as departmental cuts — although many are services residents use daily, not administrative belt tightening.
- shutting down most year-round swimming pools for the winter, closing recreation centers on weekends and cutting hours on weekdays.
- elimination of the free Downtown shuttle
- stop providing Parks Dept staff workers for distributing food from the Community Food Bank
The only thing Tucson seems to be able to do is cater to the real estate industry and build highways with artwork along the edges.
The only way to view the US is from inside an automobile (or be rich enough to have a house on a hill)? There are cities in this world that are a pleasure to be in, but few of them are in the US.
Oh, we do still have some beautiful National Forests, even after eight years of Bush. But if McCain should win we probably won't have those for long either.
Frankly, the fact that the pre-election polls are close - after eight years of authoritarian leadership from Bush and Cheney, and given its disastrous results - shows that many Americans either do not realize where a McCain/Palin presidency might take us, or they are happy to go there. Frankly, it scares the hell out of me, for there is only one way to deal with these conservative zealots: Keep them out of power.And the kicker:
If Obama is rejected on November 4th for another authoritarian conservative like McCain, I must ask if Americans are sufficiently intelligent to competently govern themselves. ...Obama doesn't inspire me as he does so many others, but he's a rational human being where McCain is [from Dean's list]:
- opposes equality
- desirous of personal power
- intimidating and bullying
- cheats to win
- tells others what they want to hear
- takes advantage of "suckers"
- specializes in creating false images to sell self
That there is even any question, given the facts available about these two individuals, which would be better as president boggles the mind. The closeness of the polls certainly makes one question the country's sanity and intelligence as a whole. But the entire Bush years have shown how little 'representative' government is left in this country.