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In other news…

There is a lot of news to cover today:

  • Al Franken is the likely winner of the Minnesota Senate Race.  It’s not official yet but he is down by a mere 5 votes and is expected to pick up enough votes in the discarded absentee ballots that will put him over the top.  (You can judge the absentee ballots yourself at the Star-Tribune site.  There are literally hundreds of legitimate ballots what were tossed for no good reason)  I’m really glad to hear this.  Franken the satirical writer will put away his poison pen and become one of the only truly liberal senators we have.  Hillary was a strong supporter and I know she picks wisely.  So, a cautious congratulations to Franken and for those who would like to help defray the costs of the recount and make sure that every vote is counted, please see this linkUpdate: Whoo-Hoo!  Franken is up by 31 123 129 205 this morning.   You can follow the action online hereGo Al, Go!
  • Terry Gross interviewed Elizabeth Warren of Harvard University a couple days ago.  Warren was recently appointed by Congress to investigate how the Paulsen Bailout funds were spent. What she says about the Treasury Department is scathing.  What she says about Sheila Bair, the FDIC head, is nothing short of laudatory.  Bair is the unexpected gem in the Bush Administration.  She is a woman with foresight and good administrative skills.  And she is also under attack by the Obamaphiles.  Don’t ask me why.  I think we all know.
  • Bill Clinton reveals his donors to the Clinton Global Initiative.  {{Yawn.}}  There’s really nothing new here.  Leaders from countries around the world succumbed to the Big Dawg’s charms and donated money to a worthwhile foundation.  Some of those people were from countries we don’t like much.  Eh! They’re money’s still green and as long as they don’t mind parting with it with no strings attached, where’s the fire?
  • Not everyone in the NY media likes the prospect of Caroline Kennedy as the next Senator from NY.  Buffalo News columnist Rod Watson reports on her “listening tour” of upstate NY.  As we all predicted, Lady Caroline, the intensely private person, has not been exposing herself to the germy hands of icky constituents.  Nooooo.  She has been greasing the skids with the leaders of the political machine in the upstate areas.  Sweet!  Edgeoforever, our source for all things Caroline, has more this morning.
  • Oh and you women Obamaphiles?  You should remember what Rick Warren said about abortion.  You don’t remember?  Let me remind you:

    “Of course I want to reduce the number of abortions,” Warren told Beliefnet Editor-in-Chief Steven Waldman when asked if he was going to work with the Obama administration to achieve an abortion reduction agenda or if he thinks that the effort is a charade.

    “But to me it is kind of a charade in that people say ‘We believe abortions should be safe and rare,’” he added.

    “Don’t tell me it should be rare. That’s like saying on the Holocaust, ‘Well, maybe we could save 20 percent of the Jewish people in Poland and Germany and get them out and we should be satisfied with that,’” Warren said. “I’m not satisfied with that. I want the Holocaust ended.”

  • Following up on that last point, edgeoforever at Not Your Sweetie has this little bit of Holiday Joy.  Bush has signed an executive order that allows a health worker with consceintious objections to refuse to participate in abortion related activities.  “Oh, don’t worry about that”, the stupid female Obamaphiles will say. “He has 120 days to rescind it once he takes office!”  Oh, REALLY?  And we’re sure he’s going to do that, why, exactly?  Remember, Obama’s whole shtick is to not rock the boat and challenge the media.  If he steps out of line even one tiny iota in those first 3 months, the Villagers are going to eviscerate him.  And they will use culture wars to do it.  It’s inevitable.

Changeity, hope, change, change!

65 Responses

  1. I just saw an article in the NY Post by Icky Morris ranting about Bill’s “incestuous” donors & how it is horrrifying to think HRC could have come so close to the presidency & it certainly disqualifies her as SOS. He IS such a Dick. (can’t link from iPhone)

  2. Apparently Princess Caroline has not bothered to vote in the NYC municipal elections. Since they did not directly relate to her, why bother. Like Koch said, the Kennedy genes are in her
    DNA which makes her the only choice. I am losing it!

  3. Pat: apparently, out of 38 elections, she has not voted in HALF! That includes a couple of Senate & Gubernatorial races…it’s a “new” hobby for her, being a Senator. Oprah is looking for a house in DC — they all want to be part of the DC version of High School Musical. Think of the parties with JZ & George Clooney!

  4. I hate that I got this from NRO, but this sums up the whole treatment of Palin v. Caroline perfectly:
    Palin’s selection triggered troughs of bile, vomited up from nearly every respectable liberal quarter. A Florida congressman, and Obama surrogate, insinuated that Palin was a “Nazi sympathizer” and anti-Semite (she’s not, but Caroline Kennedy’s grandfather was). Her by-the-bootstraps story was ridiculed by nearly every ex-debutante newsreader and avowed “feminist” in America.

    Meanwhile, Caroline, with a resume perfectly suited to being a Kennedy and little else, is a Cinderella who deserves a Senate seat because, well, she just does.

    Do people even realize that being the job of Senator has a lot more responsibility then VP?

    You can read the whole thing here:


  5. Yeah! The fire inspector and the rough electrical inspector just gave my basement the thumbs up. Now, the insulation and drywalling can go ahead. Happy Dance!

  6. What are you going to do with the new space? Rec room, office?

  7. fif, on December 19th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    That’s why Hill has to keep that seat until confirmed…because they will rob her of both if they can. Only an idjit would believe a Barry promise.

  8. TRK: About 1/3 will be dedicated to my daughter’s art studio. She can take all of her paints, markers, pastels, colored pencils, pipecleaners, pom-poms, glue, clay, G5 and tablet, etc, etc, etc, downstairs where I won’t be constantly tripping on it and cleaning up after her. Yes!
    The rest of the space is going to be used for an entertainment center. There is some ductwork that needed to be framed in which means that the space beneath it is only suitable for a TV, shelving and maybe a low table with cushions for playing games. The other part of the ceiling is comfortably high enough.
    There is already a large storage closet down there so pretty soon, I can schlepp all the basement stuff out of the garage and back down there. It’s mostly just out of season stuff, clothing and holiday decorations. I can even put a pantry area down there.

  9. Yay, more space!

  10. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has suggested that the Senate reserves the right to review the election process, rather than seat the winner certified by Minnesota officials — and the Senate has the Constitutional authority to refuse to seat a candidate for membership.

    “The game of recount is you count, count, count until you’re ahead, and then you say, ‘Stop counting.’”

    Something is fishy in the land of 10,000 Lakes. I agree with the Newspaper comment above that this will go to the Senate.

  11. I went back and forth a million times with my Obot friend yesterday re: Bill’s donor list. He kept screeching about how important it was but when pressed couldn’t come up with a reason why. Seriously, if Lucifer himself donated to Bill’s foundation, I wouldn’t give a f*ck. At least he’s donating to a charity, right? What am I missing here?

    I hope that Hillary does lose out on the SOS position and stays in the Senate. Hate the thought of BO being her boss. H-A-T-E I-T!!!

  12. That Warren deal RD.

    That Warren deal.

    ps: I got my TREE it’s huge and I got tinsel which said it was made in PA — but the box actually had two labels one made here one made over there at the place I am doing my damndest to boycott.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! the scent!
    the lights, the lights up all over everything & the wreathes!

    dunno — it is always magic, to me.


    (tinsel should not be made overseas — it’s an American thing) damn.

  13. I wish I had more space. Daughter in law moved in my grandson when my son was deployed and I am up to my elbows in kid related stuff that I thought I would never see in my house again. I keep thinking now is the time to buy a house, still renting, but I get buyer’s remorse before I even start looking.

  14. afrocity: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Senate didn’t really *want* Franken. He’s going to be a wisecracking, loudmouth with a passionate liberal streak. One of those damn boatrockers who might actually expect things to go our way for once.
    Can’t have that.
    They seem to be counting every vote in Minnesota. There were a LOT that were thrown out for very shaky reasons and that is where Franken is picking up his lead. If there is anything fishy going on it’s gotta be why the legal votes were discarded in the first place and why Coleman tried so hard to get them excluded. I think he knew that if they were counted, he couldn’t win.
    OTOH, one has to wonder why Obama didn’t have coattails in MN. A lot of people who voted for Obama didn’t bother to vote for the Senate seat. Now, why is that? Is it because they didn’t see it or is it because they were told to skip it? I could believe both explanations.

  15. I am very happy about Al Franken! I almost stopped being a fan in 2004 when he poo poo-ed all talk of stolen election on AAR – his cliffhanger election was earned karma for that. But I did hear that the DNC establishment was not pleased with him – and indeed – i saw no one lifting a finger about those recounts. And that made me really, really pull for him. So, yeay! Go Al!

  16. BTW

    If you’re in need of a boost today, here’s a quote from Susan B. Anthony. I laughed when I read it as she sounds like any one of us here on a rant:

    I wonder if when I am under the sod, or cremated and floating in the air, I shall have to stir you and others up. How can you not be all on fire? I really believe I shall explode if some of you young women don’t wake up, and raise your voice in protest against the impending crime of this nation. Do come into the living present and work to save us from any more barbaric male governments.

    Letter 1898

  17. EOF: I’m kinda with Al on the 2004 election. The Republicans played some really nasty tricks in Ohio to suppress the vote but I don’t think it was stolen. I think when all was said and done, Kerry just didn’t have the votes no matter how many he missed due to the corrupt Ohio Sec of State.

    His election is somewhat different because AFAIK, the election was carried out correctly and the thing that nearly did him in was a third party candidate. That’s why the race is so close. In this case, every vote needs to be counted.

  18. The video of MN’s State canvassing board takes me back to my BOE days. Robert’s Rules of Order were invented by a sadist.

  19. When I was president of our county recreation department, quite a few fights almost broke out thanks to Robert’s Rules of Order. Parents that are already pissed because little JimBobBillySue didn’t get enough playing time at Saturday’s game, really don’t want to play by any Rules of Order.

  20. Suth’ners take their football quite seriously.

  21. TRK: They are so obtuse and complicated. There should be some kind of automated system that can be implemented to guide people through it.

  22. I’m kinda stunned at how many of the rejected ballots were for Franken. He’s up by 165 now. Almost every rejected ballot was in his favor. The ones that go to Coleman could have almost been mistaken for overvotes.

  23. Kim — wait to buy until about June 2009 — houses should be going for 30 cents on the dollar by then. (sad, but true, so you may as well be one of the lucky ones to benefit).

  24. Thanks Angie, I know I need to buy, but I was married for so long and tied down, now the thought of roots just gives me the willies.

    This tag says “In Other News”, and the holidays are in the news. Is anyone else out there already tired of the Christmas season? I am so ready for it to be over. I want my time off from work, put my feet up and I could really give a rats ass if Santa shows.

    Every time I purchased a gift, my mind went to the economy and worrying, took any fun right out of it.

  25. Angie, I have always felt so guilty about profiting off another’s hardships. There are house around here going for next to nothing, but they are foreclosures and I would feel guilty.

  26. Vote suppression is standard Republican election fare. Also voter suppression.

    It really isn’t surprising that Franken has picked up so many votes, but very gratifying that finally someone with power has forced the counting of rejected ballots. If the FL supreme court had had its way, Al Gore would be leaving the presidency now, and what a different world it would be.

  27. TRK: Perhaps you haven’t seen my post last Saturday about Christmas. I am forbidding people from griping about it. For those of you who have enjoyed and *benefitted* from Christmas for years and decades, you owe it to those of us who missed out to STFU about what a burden it is for you. You can post something cheery or say nothing at all. This rule will be strictly enforced for the duration of the holiday season.
    Stop and smell the Christmas Tree.

  28. Kim,

    you’re like me. They’re always having infomercials about how to profit from foreclosures. Couldn’t do it. I’d feel like a vulture.

  29. BTW, I am looking forward to Santa’s visit. He is bringing me a new basement this year. And I will make a Christmas wish list for a very nice gold ring from Alexander Sepkus that I do not expect to actually receive. But I don’t have any really nice pieces of jewelry and I am sick and tired of the costume/fake stuff. I will probably save up for it for next year and then wrap it up for sitting under my Christmas Tree where I will shake the box and pretend I don’t know what’s in it. And I will love it and play with it and call it my squishy!

  30. Sorry, RD, I never log on weekends, so no I did not see the post.

  31. johninca: Back during the Depression, farmers would go to their neighbor’s foreclosures and bid literally pennies for farm equipment and other possessions just so the banks couldn’t benefit from their friends’ misfortune. The banks eventually caught on and called in the local constabulary to keep it from happening. So the farmers just removed the sheriffs from the premises. I don’t think many farms were saved but the banks didn’t make any money on it, which is righteous retribution for what the banks did during the gung-ho years anyway. If it weren’t for so many banks losing their clients’ money with shady loans and speculation, there would have been a lot of farmers who might have been ok. Of course, there was nothing they could have done about the weather but the devastation to the farms by the banks put all of the rest of the economy in farming regions at risk.

  32. TRK: That’s OK. Now you know.

  33. RD, can I put something up in honor of one of your regulars?

  34. After my ex and I split, my kids were disappointed that I didn’t have much under the tree. I never really thought about their reaction to my not having gifts to open Christmas morning. The next year, there were gifts under the tree for me from John Cusack, Kevin Costner, George Clooney and always a nice little piece of jewelry from my secret admirer. The kids got a big kick out of it. I just thought if I am gonna get a gift, might as well be from someone I would like to spend time with for an hour or so.

  35. I have not yet begun to bah humbug!

  36. I always buy myself presents. I got the idea from my grandmother. After all her kids were gone, my grandparents just went out and bought what they wanted, wrapped it up and put it under the tree. They would each be surprised by what the other person got.

    I start buying myself presents before my birthday on Dec. 1, and keep right on till Christmas!

  37. myiq, I went back and read RD’s post on Saturday and I remember the kids who went to the library in grade school because they were JW’s. I always thought it was cruel and that if all the kids couldn’t participate, none of us should.

    It put me right back into the spirit, I should count my blessings that I always had Christmas and gifts.

    I was only down, because my son won’t be around.

    See, feeling better already, I rhymed.

  38. BB: This year I bought myself some really nice luggage. My kids laughed like hell, because I never go anywhere. I told them I did it on purpose, so I will have to arrange a nice trip just for me.

  39. In other news: John Kass wants a JJJr. G-Man

    Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man

    With so much news on the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, I almost missed an incredible aspect of this amazing case:

    The Jesse Junior G-Man Task Force to Fight Political Corruption thing.

    So I called the federal building in Chicago and asked for the Jesse Junior G-Man Task Force.

    “Pardon me?” asked a female federal employee.

    Don’t be obtuse. It’s been all over the national TV news, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Bud Light) working with the feds to fight corruption. So connect me to the Jesse Junior G-Man headquarters.

    “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said.

    It might not be a formal “task force.” Perhaps there’s another name for it, like Jesse Junior G-Man Blago Working Group. I’m a reporter. You can tell me.

    “Sorry,” she said. “No Junior G-Man office here.”

    Oh, c’mon! Just stop with your little bureaucratic games. The story was on TV. Jackson’s been working with the feds, which means he’s a good guy.

    But she had nothing for me, so I


  40. Angie,

    Of course NRO left out the part where George W. Bush’s grandfather actually helped Hitler and the Third Reich with millions of dollars.

  41. The last time I took a trip Carter was President.

    It was really good stuff – when I came down Reagan was starting his second term.

  42. new thread– wanted to say something about the passionate discussions we have had here this year, and in particular to one of our regulars…

  43. Kim,

    That’s a great idea! I wonder where you’ll go?

  44. I don’t know, but myiq is not going, his trip and my trip are not related.

    Has to be warm and sunny though.

  45. bb — well of course they left that out — but in all fairness, it was a comparison between Palin & Caroline.

  46. Just wanted to share one little moment of contentment.

    I cleaned my house. My tree is trimmed and lit. Presents are wrapped and waiting to be opened. Cards have been sent. The mail just came and I heard from an old friend. The snow is just starting and the weekend is predicted to be a “housebound” one. The firelace is ablaze. Food in the fridge. A stew is simmering on the stove. I have two new books I am dying to open and devour!

    At the moment all is peaceful. The contentment is in finding the time to recognize these little pleasures as they are never meant to last but should be held close.

    It just feels good to shut out the weary world and the utter disappointments we have felt for almost a year and savor a few moments of tranquility. We will return to “reality” soon enough.

  47. Pat and SOD,

    My house is a mess, but I fought my through the horrendous traffic and made it to the grocery store and gas station. I have plenty of ice melt and sand. I don’t have enough wrapping paper, because Walgreen’s was a mob scene I just couldn’t face it. I’m going to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day with my two precious little nephews, I’m happy.

    Pat, I hope you enjoy your books and SOD, I hope you feel better soon! Pneumonia sux. Be sure to get rest.

  48. Well, I see that I should shut up. My house is decorated, all the gifts are bought and wrapped, and I have already picked up the Christmas meal. This year I said phooey on turkey and all the trimmings and we are having a pre-cooked (from the caterer here in town) prime rib, twice baked potatoes and a caeser salad, everyone else is bringing desserts. I just want to be home to enjoy it and not here at work.

    I will miss my son, but he is having a blast. He has made quite a bit of money and he has spent a small fortune sending everyone something really nice. I bought him some of my favorite movies when I was his age and he is really enjoying them. His favorite so far is the original, “Vanishing Point”. He is a man, of course he likes the movie about the Dodge Challenger.

    I will have my grandson in his place. We are all safe, sound, and contented.

  49. There’s a possibility that I’ll be going back to Paris in January. It’s not the best time of the year but I’ll take it.

  50. Kim,

    I’m so glad your son is doing OK. I’m all set for Christmas, actually. Our family has stopped buying presents except for the kids. I’m enjoying watching the snow come down from my cozy house. I’ll worry about shoveling it tomorrow.

  51. That’s wonderful RD! I hope you get to go.

  52. We are COMPLETELY behind on Christmas. I am so disappointed — this is only the second Christmas of my adult life (because my thank-God-I’m-not-still-married-to-him disgusting deadbeat of an ex is Jewish) and I was SO excited. Unfortunately we’re having wild weather in Eugene and because we live up in the hills we have been trapped in our house for nearly a week. So we still don’t have a Christmas tree! I am so bummed.

    At least we have food, which is something to be thankful for. And one of my babies is sick but it looks like he is getting better, which is good because we can’t get down the hill to the doctor.

  53. SOD – Your remarks abut your husband and his approach to Christmas had me laughing out loud. That just feels so good. And if you have to celebrate the holiday bundled up, sneezing and wheezing, while the out-of-staters come to check out your husband’s handiwork, at least bundle up in something extra cozy, and give yourself a pass on whether everything is wrapped or even orderly.

    BB: With regard to wrapping: that old fallback – newspaper or magazine glossies makes for great back up. Stick on little balls of tinfoil if you want to go wild!

    RD – congratulations on passing the building inspections. Your project is coming together.

  54. Just thankful that we are all still here and counting on one another as we have throughout the past year. We sometimes argue, we often disagree, but we stay together because deep down we have found a reason to coalesce when things have gotten beyond our control.

    Diversity of opinion lies within this “community” but I am thankful for whatever draws us back each day as a “check in”. Having gotten to know you in a virtual fashion has meant a lot. The cocktail parties, the recipe exchanges, the daily diatribes, the simplicity of just asking “how are you doing?, makes this blog a standout.

    For whatever it is worth, a humble thanks from me. You have all made it worthwhile.

  55. I totally lucked out this year. My dear DIL wrapped all my gifts for me. Which makes me just about done on the gift front.

    Still need to get the downstairs accommodations ready and with my husband, the Postal Supervisor, working till almost midnight every night this week, we’ll be doing it in the wee morning hours. The circus isn’t set to arrive until late tomorrow so hopefully all will fall together as neatly as possible.

    TRK, glad to hear your son and family are well.

    SoD, what fun! I love holiday lights but don’t have the patience to deal with them. Try to take care of yourself though. Pneumonia needs rest.

    Pat, I wish I had your energy when it comes to a housekeeping! It sounds like a wonderful place to be.

  56. When I envision Pat’s house, I think of warmth, a comfortable reading chair and a blazing fire.

  57. Maybe a holiday “what I’m thankful for this Christmas” open thread is in order?

    I haven’t gotten everything done (all the wrapping still to do) but I’m not going to sweat it. We have the best house guests EVAH coming on Christmas Eve through Jan 3 … Uncle Nick (the fun uncle specializes in driving my kids into a frenzy) and his wife Lyn who is a dear friend of mine and we will do all sorts of good girly stuff like mani/pedis and shopping. The big Christmas surprise is that Uncle Nick is also going to build a real tree house for the kids. They don’t even know how fun this Christmas will be.

    Best wishes to you all for a Happy Christmas.

  58. Snow, lot’s of snow. Love it. Gonna bake cookies and make a rice krispies tree and buche de noel.

    My mom is 92 and doesn’t feel like having a tree anymore, so I lighted and decorated her 5.5 ft Norfolk Island pine. She’s happy with that.

    For Christmas eve dinner, I’m making a wild boar leg from D’Artagnan. I have to keep topping myself every year. I spend more money on food now than presents.

  59. I am thankful for all of you giving me a place to vent and a home to express my feelings. For my family and their support and for my beautiful grandson, who has made my son’s absence a little easier.

  60. FRANKEN….another huge crime. If all else fails….dig and recount until you can say…I WON.

  61. Franken: the most boring Air America radio commentator since the human race began. The reason God invented television. Hope he doesn’t have broadcasts from his senate office. Drone.

  62. As Ellen Goodman says, Caroline is at least as qualified as Franken. Listen when the Frankobots defend him: they could be inserting Obama’s name…lots of talk, no qualifications. There’s big-time $ in Franken’s (continuing to) campaign.
    MN is a laughingstock: first a wrestler, now a foul-mouthed comic.
    RE Bill Clinton and the O: O got what he wanted all along: Bill’s rolodex. So The Big Dawg has to reveal all his contacts, and we still don’t care where the O got over 700 milliion dollars to buy the best Presidency he can get.

  63. I remember Franken’s being very outspoken against the war – not just one speech. I saw a panel discussion with Franken, Bill O’Reilly, Molly Ivins (I believe). Franken trounced O’Reilly. His political outspokenness has been evident. Now can he be a good Senator?

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