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Friday- Follies

Chew on some of this for breakfast:

  • Keith Olbermann is a lousy lay, so reports the New York Post. A woman claiming to be a one-night stand of Keith’s, says he is inept and didn’t want to stick around afterwards. He didn’t call either. Hmmm, let’s just say I have my doubts about this gossip. Oh, not about whether Olbermann is lousy in bed. No, it’s the source I question. From what I recall, Keith Olbermann hooks up with rich, young chicky babies and has no reason to start up email relationships with what might be loopy groupies. But, hey, after what Eliot Sptizer did, what do I know? Anyway, I took KO off my oogle list after I found out he was hanging out with women who just graduated from the jailbait list.
  • Barack Obama’s extraordinary mother, Stanley Ann, Dunham, gets a nice piece in the New York Times. Ann Dunham had a PhD in anthropology and wrote her dissertation on the lives of Indonesian blacksmiths. She was an iconoclast, a liberal and probably an atheist. I think I would have liked her very much. I wonder what she would say about how Obama is handling his campaign right now?
  • Speaking of women, commenter Jawbone pointed me towards this defense of Hillary’s work on Northern Ireland by Nuala O’Faolin.  There are many sides of peace negotiations.  And the people who get it done don’t put all of their faith in just the paperwork.  There is a personal aspect to it, a need to understand what is going on at a human level and the knowledge that comes with that can be invaluable to the people hammering out the details.  This is the role that Hillary played.
  • Paul Krugman writes an ominous column about the uncertainty of the financial market and how economists are entering unknown territory. Last night on the way home, NPR discussed the declining dollar and how the worst case scenario probably won’t happen but if it did, there would be a sudden, extreme and precipitous decline in the dollar that would send shockwaves around the world. Yesterday, my friends and I discussed the rising cost of milk and other good and how it must be affecting people who are living on the margins. This is the oil crunch hitting close to home. It made me think that now might be a good time to make a donation to a food pantry. Brook always makes me buy a coupon for the food bank at the supermarket cashier as we are checking out. (I like that about her) America’s Second Harvest might be a good place to start if you feel like donating a percent of your tax return. In fact, NJ often gives taxpayers an opportunity to donate a portion of their tax returns to worthy causes like breast cancer research and wetlands protection. Every little act of good strengthens us against the destructive effects of selfishness. It doesn’t take much.
  • I see you guys have been busy, sending out very well thought out and polite (for the most part) emails to Mr. McNamara. I’m sure he appreciates all of the fan mail. If you need further encouragement, you might want to check out this piece on NPR this morning about how Obama sees Michigan and Florida redo’s as being unrealistic. I love this quote:

    “We were told that these contests would not count,” he tells Steve Inskeep.”Sen. Clinton agreed. Our name was taken off the ballot in Michigan, and in Florida we did no campaigning. Now, if people think that that is a normal democratic way of running an election, then that’s not the America that I know.”

    Does the America that Obama knows include the voters of Florida and Michigan, ‘cos the last time I checked, it did. Hmmm, are the redos as unrealistic as hoping the Floridians and Wolverines will turn out for you in the fall in spite of the fact that you dissed them and millions of others in NY, NJ, CA, AZ, MA and OH? You mean *that* unrealistic? Hokay.

  • One last thing: Today, we are nearly two months old at The Confluence. I’d like to thank all of you for making this blog such a success. We have had over 70,000 hits and many of them have come in the last two weeks. I couldn’t do it without all of your contributions and comments and good wishes. You guys are the best. 😉 I’m getting all verklempt. Talk among yourselves.
  • One MORE thing: I was perusing the NPR website and found this piece on one of my favorite electronic music artists, Cheb i Sabbah. I have his CD Shri Durga and absolutely LOVE listening to it while I work. It is a rich combination of ragas, ambient sounds, Muslim calls to prayer and electronica. Sublime and almost synesthetic. I swear I see colors when I listen to it and feel sparkling water from cooling fountains. Highly recommended.

25 Responses

  1. Keith a lousy lay…? (New York Post?) ….now, now…..

    Hey, you are welcome… but really thank you, for offering us a friendly “playground” where we can play
    withouth being bullied for not following the rulz

  2. riverdaughter:

    The first gossip item you have is actually true, at least by my estimation. That young lady actually had a blog for a while and I muss confess I used to read it. I think it was called “For All The Things Thanks”.

    She knew a lot of stuff about him and she even knew what type of subject he would stay away from and why. She was very confident in her knowledge of him and for some reason she was always on the money.

    Once she started receiving threats, you had to register to read the contents of the blog, which I didn’t. The blog was ultimately shut down.

    I remember that she was half Cuban and I think she was half Black.
    I have not even opened the link.

    *I’ll be back to the important stuff later.

  3. Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Exec Onorato due to endorse Clinton today.

  4. 1. I’ve read that story about KO too.

    2. Want to really get worried about the economy? Read this story on the NYT website, front page:

    JPMorgan and Fed Move to Bail Out Bear Stearns
    By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
    Published: March 14, 2008

    Bear Stearns, facing a grave liquidity crisis, reached out to JPMorgan on Friday for a short-term financial lifeline and now faces the prospect of the end of its 85-year run as an independent investment bank.

    With the support of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JPMorgan said in a statement that it had “agreed to provide secured funding to Bear Stearns, as necessary, for an initial period of up to 28 days.”

    For the next month, JPMorgan will work with Bear Stearns to reach a solution for its financing crisis. Options could include organizing permanent financing or, according to people briefed on the discussions, buying the bank for a discounted price.

    ******

    The rescue plan represents a devastating if not ultimately final blow for Bear Stearns, a scrappy and until now resilient investment bank that carved out a niche for itself by mastering the intricacies of the United States mortgage market.

    This is going to have a major impact on Wall Street.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/14/business/14cnd-bear.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

  5. ronk: Yes! I still think that The Point is a great place to have a campaign rally. It’s the perfect visual, full of symbolism and it’s pretty!

  6. Pennsylvania is Clinton Country!

    Florida is Clinton country too but Obama is trying his darndest to let the Florida vote count there. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hillary increased her margins there once Ace Smith gets his operation going. Did anyone see the graphic on Talk Left where Obama only won a handful of counties along the Florida panhandle and Hillary won everywhere else during the last vote?

    Here it is:

    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/13/1932/50002

  7. typo, Obama is trying his darndest to prevent a Florida re-vote.

  8. WS,

    Talk to us about Ace Smith please.

  9. tusconlynn, I don’t I know more about Ace Smith than anyone else here. But Ace Smith was head of Clinton’s California and Texas operations. He does a very good job with Latino turnout and with a state like Florida…

  10. riverdaughter, were YOU the one working over the mayor?

  11. man, I should stop typing so fast. It should say “I don’t think I know more about Ace Smith than anyone else here.”

  12. Plus, there’s Edwards voters up for grabs in Florida (14% of the vote last time) if there is a revote.

    Obama is saying a FL and MI revote is “not realistic” according to NPR.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88212282

  13. WS,
    I ask because I heard yesterday that they were hiring a ‘volunteer organizer czar’ for PA.
    I hoped it would be him because I saw what a wonderful job he did in Texas. it was refreshing to see the difference and I hope he is working PA.

  14. campskunk: I swear, I never laid a finger on him. I haven’t been to Pittsburgh for awhile. But he’s right, of course. Pittsburgh is Clinton’s prime territory.

  15. The Cheb i Sabbah piece aired on All Things Considered last night. It sounded neat. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

  16. The Wall Street Journal has another anti-Obama op-ed today, called “Obama and the Minister.” Here’s a free link:

    http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/03/obama.html

    Apologies if this has already been posted.

  17. Bostom Boomer: I went to the comments section and found this response from McCain on Hagee

    “We’ve had a dignified campaign, and I repudiate any comments that are made, including Pastor Hagee’s, if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics. I sent two of my children to Catholic school. I categorically reject and repudiate any statement that was made that was anti-Catholic, both in intent and nature. I categorically reject it, and I repudiate it. And we can’t have that in this campaign. We’re trying to unite the country. We’re uniting the country, not dividing it.”

    Why couldn’t Barack make a repudiation/rejection as forceful as that on Rev. Wright’s more polemic views. It is time he does and we move on.

  18. Why couldn’t Barack make a repudiation/rejection as forceful as that on Rev. Wright’s more polemic views. It is time he does and we move on.

    He can’t make such a sharp separation since he’s been attending that church presided by Rev. Wright for 20 years (Wright barely retired in Feb.) and referred to Wright as his spiritual mentor. Also, Obama asked Wright to administer his wedding and the baptismal of his children. Lastly, Obama has been trivializing this rhetoric as merely the antics of a silly uncle-type figure (Mind you, Obama didn’t trivialize Ferraro’s remarks as just the rantings of some old family member; no, those were treated seriously–as they should be–as “slice and dice” politics).

    Besides the double standard, people can easily slam him with: “What does this say about your judgment?” and “Don’t words matter?”

    If people were ever delusional to think Obama could win the GE against McCain, let it be clear after this: not even close.

  19. Davidson: Yeah, it’s kinda hard to distance yourself at this point in time. OTOH, I’m sure some of Wright’s sermons have been taken out of context. OTOH, he *could* have found another church.
    Delusion is running into the psychodelic phase.

  20. ok, riverdaughter, i’ll take your word for it. he’s just a young thing, and it would have been a tragedy if someone had taken advantage of his youth and inexperience 😉

  21. I agree. It won’t be easy for Obama to repudiate his 20-year pastor and spiritual advisor. If he does the question will be why didn’t you resign from the church and repudiate the pastor’s teaching when he first expressed them? And of course, the reason Obama probably joined that church in the first place was to pander to the Southside Chicago neighborhood that he wanted get to vote for him. He did uninvite the minister from his announcement of his run for President. There is also a more forgiving attitude toward Republicans than Democrats in the media, as we all know.

    Obama will never be President after this. If the Democratic Party nominates him, they will lose bigtime.

  22. campskunk: He’s mine and Obama’s age. You’d think he’d know what he was doing by now. Anyways, he’s too old for me. I like sweet young things.
    Er, like the BFF.

  23. BB: It is regrettable that Obama should be brought down in this manner. He is not responsible for what his pastor says. And I’m betting there was a lot more good in Rev. Wright than these clips would tend to indicate. No, I would prefer that Obama lost on more legitimate grounds, like inexperience and his policies and opinions and whether he wants to split the party by disenfranchising Florida voters. It shouldn’t be on the basis of whether his minister got overwrought with metaphors. That’s the media game and it will ALWAYS be a losing game for our side, no matter who the nominee is. We shouldn’t encourage it. I’d rather fight it than join it.

  24. tusconlynn, I read somewhere that Ace Smith will be the head of Hillary’s North Carolina operation.

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