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The day the music died

June 4, 2009 Leave a comment

A year ago today, Hope was lost.

A year later, Hillary wins

A year ago today, the final set of primaries made official the foregone conclusion that Barack Obama had won the primary, and Hillary Clinton lost it.

……[Today], on the central health care policy debate of the Democratic Primary — which was, to be fair, conducted within a fairly narrow frame — Obama appears to have conceded today to a Senate plan likely to more closely resemble Clinton’s.

In a dense, careful letter to Ted Kennedy and Max Baucus, Obama offered his principles for a health care plan and conceded on a central point: He is now open to an individual mandate, which he campaigned against, and which is now being talked about by Senators of both parties with the buzzword “shared responsibility.”

As ambivalent as I am about Government-supported healthcare, this is probably the only logical way forward for the US.

Hillary’s won in many, many other ways too, of course: the first one being that most recent polls show Clinton with a whopping job approval rating of 71% as Secretary of State, while the new President topped out at 65%. (link)

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The Best Picture Ever

April 24, 2009 Leave a comment

*permitting myself to be totally frivolous for a while*

So you may have heard of the Great Speechifier President Obama. When he speaks, flowers bloom on desert lands all by themselves. When he speaks, people of all races start magically living in harmony, all wearing Abercrombie & Fitch (but of course). And he spreads iHopeTM and iChangeTM, all just by his awesome TelePrompter skillz (hey, the thing even has a blog of its own).

And if you do know of all this, you also must know of the President’s right hand man on all things Economic, LarryHe-Man-Who-Knows-Math-Better-Than-All-The-Wimminz-Of-The-World-Summers. Lawrence Summers is important to the President and to all of us around the world, because he and only he can rescue us from this economic crisis (since he helped create it, maybe?)

So today, when the great speechmaker was speechmaking, this happened:


and then this:


The best parts are this:

Mr. Summers “appeared to be nodding off near the beginning’’ of Mr. Obama’s remarks, the report said. It went on “And then he DID nod off, doing the head on the hand and then head falling off the hand thing.’’

and this [emphasis mine]:

All the other officials in the room, including Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner; senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; chief of staff Rahm Emanuel; Christina Romer, head of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Gene Sperling, counselor to Mr. Geithner, seemed to be fully awake.

(LOL. don’t you love how they need to specify that the others were actually awake during Obama’s speech?)

*end of permission*

And in other god-awesome news, via Shakesville: Mystery donor to woman-run colleges strikes again (here and here).

As the USAToday article says:

“Coincidence? Unlikely. With about 23% of U.S. college presidents women, the odds of a dozen randomly selected institutions all having female leaders are 1 in 50 million.”

Headline contest

April 9, 2009 Leave a comment

This would be the awesome subject for a headline contest – some suggestions at the end:

How Obama voted on war funding bills in Congress
By The Associated Press – 25 minutes ago

Major war-funding legislation while Barack Obama was in the Senate, and how he voted:

_May 2005: Congress approved an $82 billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and international anti-terrorism efforts. Obama voted yes.

_June 2006: Congress cleared a $94.5 billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as provide aid to hurricane victims. Obama voted yes.

_September 2006: Congress cleared a $448 billion Pentagon funding bill that included $70 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama voted yes.

_April 2007: Congress cleared a $124 billion spending bill that provided $90 billion for war costs but mandated the withdrawal of U.S. troops within six months. Obama voted yes, but President George W. Bush vetoed the legislation.

_May 2007: Congress approved a roughly $100 billion spending measure to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and domestic projects, including hurricane relief. Obama voted no.

_December 2007: Congress cleared a $555 billion catchall spending bill that included $70 billion for U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama did not vote.

_June 2008: Congress approved a measure to spend $162 billion for war costs as well as provide a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits and emergency relief for the flood-ravaged Midwest. Obama voted yes.

Note the one bill that Obama votes ‘no’ for, also contained hurricane relief funds. Who is this guy?

And for the headline contest/cartoon options:
* Yawn, so which year is this again? Dang, I slept for a whole year???!!!
* Hey, did you remember that story I bumped off eighteen months ago? Yes, that one – go, press ‘publish’ now.
* “Google”? What’s that? I do all my research in old, dusty libraries with no indexing systems.
* My post was eaten by a desert lizard – you know how slow their metabolism is.
* I was waiting to publish the story as a lead-in to his announcement of withdrawl from Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that it’s a surge instead…..
* I’m a Republican – this is my way of showing pride in, and support for, our President!

* I was waiting to see if he was going to flip flop on his Senate votes too.

* Present.

Fe-: Iron-y, indeed.

March 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Obama hails women leaders, calls for more participation

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…..

Why Hillary needed to win.

February 8, 2009 Leave a comment

This broke me….

The First Couple stepped away from the White House pressure cooker for a short visit with Washington D.C. schoolchildren. Among the topics addressed was the perennial favorite “what do you want to be when you grow up?” According to “The Swamp” (the outlet for the Chicago Tribune’s Washington Bureau), one little boy informed Mr. Obama he would like to be the President of the United States. The future former President responded encouragingly: “I think you might make it.” One of the girls volunteered that she would like to be First Lady. “It doesn’t pay much,” the First Lady commented. I don’t know if the self-described Mom-in-Chief delivered that remark as a quip or a lament. If only she could have followed up with an explanation of how role models can expand – or circumscribe – girls’ ambitions (including their future earning potential) it could have been a real learning experience…

The contrast between what the kids of each gender said and how the adults of each gender reacted is stunning. This, in 2009.

Fuck you, Barack and Michelle Obama. May you rot in hell.

Before it’s all popular

February 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Let me put on record my minority opinion so I can finally be ahead of my time:

  • “Change” is a buzzword, and has been used by every politician worth his/her salt through history. It is an ambiguous concept and can mean different things to different people. In bad times and in good, the word ‘change’ cues to the listener EXACTLY what he/she wants to hear. When any salesperson/politician says ‘change’, your immediate next question should be: “What Change?”. Six faithful servants: What will change, which direction will it change in, how much and to what degree of change will occur, who will be included in the change, who will drive the change, and how will change happen?
  • “Change” in politician-speak requires three components/drivers: People (hir team, not just the politician hirself), Processes (legislative, executive processes: basically the constitution), Policy (easier). What ‘P’ is the politician promising to change?
  • Bipartisanship is a stupid concept. The whole point of a multi-party system is to have (A) dissent for better ideas, (B) checks and balances for distribution of power, and (C) multiple points of view for proper representation of the people in a democracy. Therefore, anyone promising bipartisanship without a history of delivering on it is either dangerously ignorant of democratic processes, or is fooling you or is unconcerned about democracy and more concerned about people getting along around him.
  • Change and bipartisanship are often mutually incompatible. Any change will meet resistance, and even any status quo will meet resistance. Anyone promising all three, change, bipartisanship and hope – is fooling the fuck out of you.
  • Anyone promising anything without having had some prior experience in it is fooling you. Works in job interviews, school applications, sex and presidential campaigns.
  • There is no smoke without fire. If thousands of women feel something is wrong about a guy, that he’s sexist or doesnt respect him – they’re right.
  • A high degree of youth enthusiasm about any object – a politician, an idea, or a thing – is good warning that it may be dangerous or not very thought-through. At the risk of Godwin’s law, look up Hitler/Nazism.
  • Barack Obama has nothing to offer but his oratory. And that oratory is not all that inspiring either. His 2004 Dem Convention speech may have been good, but that’s about it.
  • His anti-war stance was just a make believe stance; he made ONE speech in 2002 in front of a group of anti-war protesters as a State Senator – and no one in the world has any video or written record of that speech being made, or of its content. And he ran a Presidential campaign on the merits of this speech.bsa,
  • Every single policy of Obama’s released during the campaign came out after Hillary Clinton released her policy and it was identical to hers except for some red herring differences. Much like a kid that copies a test paper tries to put in some glaring differences.
  • Obama is old friends with Ayers, who got him the Annenberg position in the first place.
  • Obama’s public disassociation with Rev.Wright was premeditated and planned: he would first stand by him, then a few weeks later Wright would do/say something even more shocking and about Obama/his wife/his kids and Obama would come out and oppose him. People for and against Wright would both get a cookie.
  • Obama is a cheat and a liar and the $700 MILLION is composed of tons of illegal contributions – non-nationals, non-residents, people contributing over their legal limits, corporations and PACs, etc.

Personal appeals

January 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Because of a personal appeal (how nice & warm and ummpersonal that sounds, no?) by Barack Obama, the Democratic party-led government in the United States will not offer cheaper contraception for poor women

House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday, following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation.

I have a personal appeal for the Scared Shitless Post-Racial Post-Electable President Obama: Fuck Off already, will ya? Or grow a spine and stop campaigning, and start governing.

There’re people who’re not going to like you, so at least work to win their respect by doing the right thing.