This Yahoo article makes clear why Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) is about to retire; he is tired of the partisanship, gridlock, and pointless politicking going on at the expense of the American people.ShareThis
With all the hoopla over Mark Halperin's book Game Change in the major media, I went to read Peter Daou's account of what he saw from Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential Campaign (Pacific John has an excellent article up now; go here http://alegrescorner.soapblox.... if you haven't already seen it). Daou was a senior campaign staffer, and he's the first one to come out and say flat out that this book is wrong. (Mind, I've seen many other denials since -- Howard Wolfson comes to mind -- from Hillary campaign staffers. But Mr. Daou's was the first.)
But not all members of the major media have forgotten their recent history, and some of them have been quite articulate in their defense of Hillary Clinton. The person who comes to mind, though, as having given the best defense of HRC's character to date, though, is former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough --MSNBC's "Morning Joe" himself.
Scarborough is displeased, as he says here in an article picked up by the Huffington Post:
Did you see the excerpt of John Heilemann & Mark Halperin's Game Change?
but darn it, some DINOs (and Republicans) don't like him. Why, I wonder? He's funny!
Ah, but I digress. Anywho, you remember that story we covered on October 9th? The one about how Al Franken had won real bi-partisan support for his anti-rape amendment - including that of the newly-crowned Queen of the Senate and All Things Health Care Related, Olympia Snowe?
Well, apparently 68 votes, plus feel-good, liberal, woman-friendly legislation, plus vindication for Jamie Leigh Jones and all her less-famous but equally suffering sisters, don't add up to much compared to a nice, fat defense contract.
An amendment that would prevent the government from working with contractors who denied victims of assault the right to bring their case to court is in danger of being watered down or stripped entirely from a larger defense appropriations bill.ShareThis
In a little over 600 words, Sarah Palin has responded to the POTUS' hour-long Healthcare Speech. In her message, she argues that Democratic proposals will not lower costs or provide better healthcare. She also calls the President out on a few things, including his failure to respond to arguments she has raised against bureaucrats making healthcare decisions. Since the media hasn't really provided information on Sarah Palin's response, I am posting it here for Partizanes:
After all the rhetoric is put aside, one principle ran through President Obama’s speech tonight: that increased government involvement in health care can solve its problems.
Many Americans fundamentally disagree with this idea. We know from long experience that the creation of a massive new bureaucracy will not provide us with “more stability and security,” but just the opposite. It's hard to believe the President when he says that this time he and his team of bureaucrats have finally figured out how to do things right if only we’ll take them at their word.ShareThis
There comes a time when a person has to do what they have to do.
My father volunteered to fight a war, because he immigrated to the United States, loved it to its core, and wanted his unborn children to breathe free. I respect and honor what he and countless others did for this country and value my freedoms exactly because they weren’t given “freely”. People worked, fought, and died for them. It is a sacrifice Americans should always remember.
When you watch the following video, you can be sucked in because of the lovely people and some of the Utopian ideas. (Whoa! Don't go there!) Watch carefully, because there is no turning back:
As I surfed the Net yesterday, I found myself reading Canadafreepress and an article by Paul Williams. Love those Canadians, they are always breaking little stories about our government and our leaders that our media ignores. (Why is that?) Anyway, I found one of those stories yesterday, which led me to finding other things....ShareThis
Even if you don’t have the time, make the time to read Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Intervention authored by DR Ezekiel Emmanuel (the POTUS’ Special Advisor for Health Policy and Rahm’s bro) and two of his colleagues, Govind Persad, and Alan Wertheimer. It is an article that every American should read, because it presents the “ethics” behind reorganizing the delivery and reimbursement of healthcare. The authors are all associated with the Department of Bioethics at The National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. (You will find the article by following this link.)
Emmanuel et al are not satisfied with our country’s prevailing method for making healthcare decisions, which is based on saving the most life-years. Instead they promote “The Complete Lives System”. They write:ShareThis
(This started out as a reply to BJ and twandx, on the "They don't fool around in Iowa" blog entry. It got so big I figured it would be better to make a diary out of it.)
BJ and twandx, You Nailed It.
We don't have a presidential primary in Iowa. We have caucuses. In order to cast a vote in the presidential primary you must present your body at the caucus. No exceptions.
If you're working, can't get a sitter or are physically unable to leave the house, that's too bad. Your vote won't be counted. No excuses.
If you don't have transportation we're sorry. Most busses don't run at night in Iowa and there are none at all in this little town, nor do we have taxis. Find someone you can ride with or hoof it. If you're not there, you don't count.
Scheduled a non-refundable vacation trip without checking to see when the caucuses were? Too bad. Choose between the beach in January or driving to the caucus in a blizzard.
Your daughter selected January 5 to get married in Phoenix? Sorry. The wedding or the caucus. Take your pick.
You must be there in the flesh, standing on the side of the room designated as your candidate's. If you're not, your voice will not be heard.ShareThis
Ever since President Obama returned from his Middle East Apology Tour, he has pretty much publicly avoided the subject of Iran, which should give every American pause. Remember this Imperial President did say that we could not stop another country from attaining nuclear capabilities, just before all hell broke lose in Iran over a rigged presidential election. Since then, the world has witnessed the ruthless treatment of Iranian citizens by Khamenei and Ahmadinejad.
Iranian military police and imported Hezbollah and Hamas thugs wrecked havoc on unarmed Iranian protesters. Some were brutally beaten; some were murdered. Word has it that Iranian Green Party members were picked up after the protests were quelled, that they were imprisoned and tortured. Some Iranians died as a result; some are still imprisoned.
Many of us will never forget the murder of the young Iranian woman named Neda. Since the ruling Iranian government has no qualms about killing its young people, it is doubtful that it would restrain itself in the use of nuclear weapons. So what’s up with the POTUS and Iran?ShareThis
For all those of you who doubt the title assertion, I must ask you to consider this: Where would we be without Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden? He seems to be the only politician these days who tells the truth about anything, and yet, no one appreciates him for it. Why the lack of warm fuzzies for this cuddly, bright-toothed gaffester, America? He's just being honest, and I, personally, love him for it!ShareThis
The June issue of Fortune Magazine has an article about the Federal Budget and the impact of Obama’s plan for the economy on the national debt. In “We Owe What?”, Shawn Tully estimates that each of us has a $155,000 share in the projected US debt. (Yikes!) The article argues that our national debt will rise so high that the most probable way of reducing it will be a VAT (Value-Added Tax).
A VAT would tax purchases at 10-15% and generate the money needed to pay for the POTUS’ agenda and balance the budget. It would be imposed like a Federal Sales Tax and be paid along the chain of production by both wholesalers and retailers. A product gets more expensive as it goes through the production process and moves from wholesale to retail to consumer.ShareThis
cross-posted at Alegre's Corner
I cannot make this stuff up, folks; today, Obama swatted a fly during a CNBC interview, and a story got written about it at AOL News, filed under "political news" and "national news," respectively.
Here's the link:
A few lines from this "important" hard-hitting, news story follow:
Said Obama to the persistent fly: "Get out of here."
But it didn't.
My goodness! Something didn't obey President Obama on the first try? Sacrilege!
But we go on:
So Obama waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked the fly dead in one try.
Whoo-hoo! Way to go, Mr. President!
And yet, we go on:
Without missing a beat, the president said to CNBC correspondent John Harwood: "Now, where were we."
Note...This post was originally written on Memorial Day, but never made it to Partizane.
As we head into Memorial Day, a day when we should remember the horror and devastation that war inflicts upon both the victors and the defeated, my mind turns to World War II, and the terror, tragedy and ultimate triumph of the Allies over pure evil.
And yet, there seems to be a determined effort by our corporate media, our President, and the American left to minimize or obscure one of the great lessons learned in that war: Anti-Semitism, when allowed to flourish unchallenged, can lead to catastrophe.ShareThis
Pippin: Is there any hope, Gandalf, for Frodo and Sam?
Gandalf: There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope.
The above quotation has been banging around in my head for days now. It seems to capture so perfectly the despair I have been feeling since Obama was elected, and every single prediction I made about him has come true. But the truth I thought I knew is both more sinister than I ever could have believed, and far beyond the scope of my imagination.
I understood in 2007 that Obama had the same type of personality as Bush: narcissistic, swaggering, fundamentally incurious, far too attached to the religious right, and scornful of anyone or anything that would presume to stand in the way of his pursuit and retention of power. I wrote this comment on the post I linked above:ShareThis
See if you can spot the ObamaNation talking points scattered throughout the propaganda piece. (Don't worry, I'll help you out.)
Bill Clinton loves to shop. On a March day in an elegant crafts store in Lima, the Peruvian capital, he hunted for presents for his wife and the women on his staff back home. He had given a speech at a university earlier and just came from a ceremony kicking off a program to help impoverished Peruvians. Now he was eyeing a necklace with a green stone amulet.
Standing all by himself, the former president of the United States moved his eyes methodically across shelves of wooden carvings, jewelry and sculptures as he searched for something distinctive to bring his wife. “She used to look forward to me coming home from wherever I’ve been,” he mused with a laugh. “Now I’m afraid I’ll be second fiddle to whatever world leader she’s just met.”
Talking Point: Bill's a girl! He likes to shop! He's totally emasculated by Hillary's appointment as Secretary of State. Obama Roolz, Clinton Droolz!
The advent of a new Democratic administration, with his wife in the top cabinet slot, has opened a new chapter in the eventful life of the nation’s 42nd president. No longer in exile, yet not exactly in the inner circle, Clinton is trying to define his role and find his place in the Age of Obama. He agreed to some limits on his activities to satisfy the good-government advocates around Obama, but he is still traveling the globe, pushing his favorite philanthropic programs, collecting six-figure checks for speeches, dining with foreign leaders and in his own way speaking for America again. A couple of weeks ago, he agreed to serve as the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.
Talking Point: See? Obama has only been in office five months and already he's got an Age. An Age, I tell you! He is the most historical-est, bestest Preznit EVAH! And did Bill have a clothing line and his own TeeVee station? I don't THINK so! Obama Roolz, Bill Clinton Droolz!ShareThis
THE SCENE: It's 3:00 (in the afternoon) at the White House. Fresh from his second workout (and fourth cigarette) of the day, an energized PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA sits in his private quarters with his Chief of Staff and closest confidant, RAHM (RahmBo) EMANUEL. The room has been overdecorated, butofcourse, in Louis XIV WannaBe.
As the lights come up, OBAMA and RAHMBO are relaxing and chatting in overstuffed, purple velvet chairs with gold braid around the edges. It's time for their daily chore of listening and responding to OBAMA's messages on the Red Phone, which is so tricked out, it would look right at home on the bridge of The Enterprise.
OBAMA (with his trademark grin): Well, Rahmbo, are ya ready? Today's messages should be great.
RAHMBO: Fuckin' A! Can't wait to see how your "Balls of Steel" national security speech went over.
(RAHMBO hits "Play". The phone beeps and begins playing back the messages.)
RED PHONE (in mechanical male voice): Message One. From: Richard Cheney.ShareThis
Our bought media has taken great pains to point out similarities between the Great Depression and our current economic situation, so it can sell Obama as another FDR since its Lincoln and Kennedy comparisons were often met with derision. I find the spin bothersome and believe we need to get a collective grip on reality. As tough as the times are today, they do not compare to 1933 in some very significant ways. When Roosevelt took office, the unemployment rate was 25%, the banking system had collapsed (every bank in the country was ordered closed), and there were large shanty towns built by the homeless in public parks and under bridges all around the country.
SCENE ONE: The President of the United States, BARACK OBAMA, is sitting in the back of his plushly-appointed limousine. A TV screen showing constantly looping DVD's of OBAMA'S greatest speeches is strategically placed in front of his eyes. It has a calming effect on him in these days of stress and strain. OBAMA is smoking a cigarette to further relax him in preparation for the meeting he is about to attend.
LIMO DRIVER: Where to, Mr. President? We've been driving in circles for 15 minutes now.
OBAMA: Is anyone following us, Frank?
LD: Just the usual photographers and Secret Service, Mr. President.
OBAMA: Ditch the photogs, Frank. The Secret Service knows where we're going.
LD (with slowly dawning realization): Ohhhhhh. We're going THERE. (impressed and determined) Hang on, sir. I'll get you there in no time.ShareThis
FAIR WARNING: This is a rant. With swear words and everything. Caution, earmuffs and burn cream are recommended before proceeding.
Oh my Goddess, did you read what our Dear Leader said last night? (I’m assuming that most of you didn’t watch, lest you die from Obama Narcissism Overload, or at the very least, overdose on the saccharine ejaculations of the chattering classes over the Bestest, Most Melanin-Enhanced Preznit Evah.) Did you fucking read what this condescending, preening creep said about being pro-choice in America?ShareThis
For those of us who are firmly in the pro-choice camp - that is, who believe that the woman's choice reigns supreme when it comes to her own body - the election of Barack Obama was quite a blow. We were paying attention to the way he claimed women should consult a committee (of men, of course) before she made her choice about her own reproductive status. We noticed that he did not pick a new HHS secretary for quite some time after his inauguration, which meant that Bush's "conscience rule" has been in effect since the end of last year - and although the 30-day comment period expires today, the right-wing fundiegelicals seem to be the only ones commenting. They are screaming to the high heavens that Obama should not roll back the rule because they feel otherwise they will be "discriminated against."ShareThis
The corporate media, as many of us have noted time and again, is a total disgrace. They covered up for the unqualified fraud George W. Bush, they shoehorned the unqualified fraud Barack Obama into office, and they are now covering for the patriarchy's newest tool (pun most definitely intended) in an ever-more desperate and transparent manner.
Many on the left insist that the Israel lobby runs American foreign policy. Ever since 9/11, who actually runs it has been painfully clear.