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Saturday Morning News and Views

Good Morning Conflucians!!!! It is 3 degrees here in the Boston western suburbs!!

Nevertheless, we are better off than you guys in the southern states where there is a winter storm going on. Yesterday, Texas and Oklahoma got about a foot of snow, and today the storm will move east into the Carolinas and Virgina and then out to sea.

California Conflucians are getting a break from the storms, but the state still needs more to end the long-term drought.

Our economics-challenged President is threatening to veto spending bills (except money for wars, banks, and insurance companies), because he thinks cutting the deficit is as important as creating jobs. I wonder when he’s going to figure out that the U.S. economy is dependent on consumer spending; and if people don’t have jobs, it’s kind of hard for them to buy things. Since he never held a full-time job before getting elected President and all his friends are rich corporate types, he doesn’t quite get what us ordinary people are so worried about.

“Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don’t,” Obama said. “And if I have to enforce this discipline by veto, I will.”

In an effort to make a dent in the growing federal deficit, White House officials announced earlier this week that their budget proposal would keep non-military discretionary programs at fiscal 2010 levels (Greenwire, Jan. 26). The proposal would exempt some of the largest parts of the federal budget including defense and entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.

It will be up to Congress to decide whether to comply with this request in its spending bills, and Obama pled with them last night to toe the line — addressing critics from his own party and calling the effort vital to keep markets in line and avoid increases in the cost of borrowing.

I guess Obama thinks he can solve our economic problems by creating jobs in the military and defense industries. Maybe he is hoping a lot of us will go to work for Blackwater? I don’t know what he’s thinking, but I like Joseph Cannon’s idea of replacing Geithner with our own Dakinikat.

Eric Holder has been taking a lot of criticism from the right for locating the 9/11 conspiracy trial in New York City, and now he will be getting critiques from not non-Obots on the left. The Justice department review has cleared the Bush torture memo writers of professional misconduct.

Previously, the report concluded that two key authors—Jay Bybee, now a federal appellate court judge, and John Yoo, now a law professor—violated their professional obligations as lawyers when they crafted a crucial 2002 memo approving the use of harsh tactics, say two Justice sources who asked for anonymity discussing an internal matter. But the reviewer, career veteran David Margolis, downgraded that assessment to say they showed “poor judgment,” say the sources. (Under department rules, poor judgment does not constitute professional misconduct.)

By this time everyone should be aware that the Obama administration is not going to hold anyone accountable for planning or participating in torture.

Meanwhile the Mayor Bloomberg flip flopped on his support for holding the terror trial in NYC–because of unsubstantiated claims about the costs involved–so Holder is going to have to find another location:

A letter and a speech may have doomed plans to bring the Sept. 11 terror trial to New York.

The letter written by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Washington earlier this month set a whopping $200-million-a-year price tag to secure the city during the trial – more than double the original estimate. The speech by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly detailed a planned lockdown of lower Manhattan certain to set new standards for gridlock.

The resulting political and public outcry has forced the Obama administration to consider looking for a friendlier home for the high-profile trial, even as the legitimacy of the New York Police Department’s security plan and its estimated cost goes unchallenged.

For some reason the wingnuts are claiming that Obama is “soft on terror.” I guess that means we’ll spend even more on the military and less on jobs. Far be it from Obama to actually ignore these ridiculous charges and just do the right thing.

The GOP has leapt on Obama’s handling of the Christmas Day bombing plot, saying he was slow to speak to the public about the initial attack and criticizing the Justice Department’s decision to try the suspect in a civilian court, not a military one. Republicans also are criticizing the Justice Department for an FBI decision to end questioning of the suspect, Umar Abdulmutallab, after less than an hour and read him his Miranda rights.

That came on top of the congressional uproar over Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison by moving the detainees to U.S. prisons. Obama missed a self-imposed one-year deadline to close the facility. Republicans also criticized the Justice Department’s decision to send five alleged 9/11 plotters to trial in Manhattan, just blocks from the World Trade Center site — a decision the administration abruptly abandoned Friday after powerful Democrats came out against the New York venue.

Time to grow up and man up, Mr. President–if you’re capable of it.

Supposedly, Osama bin Laden is worried about global warming.

Osama bin Laden blamed the United States and other industrialised countries for causing global warming in an extraordinary message issued yesterday.

In a departure from his usual religious rants, the Al Qaeda leader lectured on the dangers of climate change, claiming the only solution was to ‘bring the wheels of the American economy’ to a halt.
Rather than vows to inflict death and destruction on the U.S. and its allies, the man behind the September 11 atrocity in New York discussed the environmental future of the planet and monetary policy.

Whatever. Osama bin Laden is dead, folks. And even if he isn’t, we should just pretend he is. Why the media insists on printing all these supposed bin Laden “rants,” I will never understand.

Scott Roeder was convicted yesterday of murdering George Tiller

It took only 37 minutes Friday for a jury to convict Scott Roeder of first-degree murder for killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller.

But the fallout of the high-profile, emotionally charged case will linger for some time.

A federal investigation into whether Roeder acted alone in Tiller’s murder is continuing.

Tiller’s clinic — which drew patients from around the world because he was one of a handful of doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions — has closed for good.

Roeder plans to appeal the verdict.

Also yesterday, NPR’s All Things Considered allowed right wing crazy David Horowitz to dance on Howard Zinn’s grave. From the transcript:

Mr. DAVID HOROWITZ (Author): There is absolutely nothing in Howard Zinn’s intellectual output that is worthy of any kind of respect.

KEYES: Conservative pundit and author David Horowitz is among critics who fiercely disagree with Zinn’s politics. Horowitz calls “A People’s History of the United States” a travesty.

Mr. HOROWITZ: Zinn represents a fringe mentality which has unfortunately seduced millions of people at this point in time. So he did certainly alter the consciousness of millions of younger people for the worse.

For shame, NPR!! No money for you.

Here’s a sick story about a cruel and stupid man: Dad Sells Girl, Calls Cops to Complain He Wasn’t Paid

A 36-year-old California man was arrested and booked in the Monterey County jail after allegedly selling his daughter for marriage and then calling police to complain that her buyer had not paid off his debt.

Greenfield, Calif., police said Marcelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, tried to arrange for his 14-year-old daughter to marry Margarito de Jesus Galindo, 18, for $16,000 and 100 cases of beer, along with several cases of meat and other items.

After the girl moved in with Galindo, Martinez called police to complain that he hadn’t been paid. Police said he asked for their help getting his daughter back.

The prospective groom aka rapist was arrested too. Now for God’s sake, someone get someone to help that poor girl!

And now for a change of pace,
why not join me in looking at some cute baby animals? Yes, I’m sick and tired of depressing news.

See more cute baby animals here:

Animal Planet baby animals guide–choose your own

Cutest in the animal kingdom

Image galleries at babyanimalz.com

Please post your own news and baby animal links in the comments.


110 Responses

  1. Yay! baby animals! I’m going to spend today hugging my kitty, who, by the way is on the mend from a serious eye ulcer that almost claimed her eye. Today, we can begin to see the beautiful turquoise pupils again.

    Thanks boomer. Have a wonderful Saturday!

    Save the Wild Horses!

  2. I’m with you in wondering why the media gives bin Laden any attention at all. Now if he’d come out for women’s rights, THAT would be news!

    Here’s an article that got my blood pressure up. I typed a response, but I don’t remember my password to sign in, and don’t want a new one.

    “Is youth culture, like, you know, dead? That President Obama has played up his “old soul” qualities from the beginning seems now almost prescient.” HUH?

    Oh, yeah. The media loved Hillary’s battle-tested experience vs the kids’ kewl new guy. UGH

    • Only posers voted for Obama. The actual kewl people, like yours truly, voted for Hillary.

    • Old soul??? Since a person’s evolution is evinced by his or her commitment to service, ending human suffering, etc, I have serious doubts about Obama being anything more than a very young soul who looks good in his clothes. At best

    • I’m going to skip the Grey’s Anatomy and David Letterman examples from that LA Times article. They are too laughable for words.

      Obama=Father Knows Best? No shit, sherlock. Two years ago while we sweeties were pointing out how paternalistic he was, the sippy cup sheeps were chanting “O-BAA-MA” and all but saying burn the old witch who wants you to have healthcare, eat your veggies, and all those other boring chores.

      But, hey, at least Meryl Streep and Courtney Cox can play older women on tv!!! Breaking Hollywood’s glass ceiling totally makes up for denying a sixty year old woman the presidency, dismissing Palin as a mother/problem they’d like to (ahem) “solve,” rolling back our reproductive rights, trying to pass healthcare on the backs of women, etc. It sure it the age of the boomer!

    • Spammy got my reply.

  3. Oops! Here’s my baby animal contribution.

  4. Animals make me believe in love when people disappoint me.

  5. Dogs are smart!!

  6. And one of my favorites from a prior post — Monkey Pool Party! It’s a 2-fer – Cute animals AND warm weather.

  7. I guess Obama thinks he can solve our economic problems by creating jobs in the military and defense industries.

    Does anyone know if the DoD buys American? Since we are spending billions on the military anyway, I am just curious if hat money is going to American manufacturers and workers or are our bullets, guns, and warheads made in China too?

  8. I thought HRC did an eloquent defense of O on the Afghanistan question. Most of us want our military presence there to end but I do confess that for me I have concerns about what is brewing in that cesspool and I don’t think at this point we can walk away from it w/o trying to change the dynamics there. It is dirty work but I think it has to be done and I am glad that HRC is an anchor for orchestrating what we do there.

    But there is no earthly reason why we can not pull out of military commitments in other places. And there is no reason why we can not look at the overall military budget and start whacking. A big boost to the Clinton surplus was gained through pursuing “the peace dividend” following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    • My problem with both Iraq and Afghanistan is the “you break it, you buy it” rule. I don’t know the answer, just that we’ve made such a mess of both countries, how do we get out ethically and morally?

    • Aww!! I love elephants and how their social structrue is, all the females are so protective of the younguns. So smart and wonderful to watch!!

  9. Elks just want to have fun!

  10. blech ~ we have about 8″ of snow with more coming and nothing but frigid temps ahead……which means here in rural SWVA most everything will grind to a halt and certainly the schools will be closed for awhile because they hardly ever get to scraping the secondary roads.

    I’m tucked in going to make my Chicken Tomatillo soup and some guacamole and try no to think about it.

    The last of the Dec 16th snow had just melted…..

    I’m so ready for springtime.

  11. I’m looking at 8 inches of snow on top of 3/4 inch of ice. This is the second record breaking storm this year, I’m so glad there is no climate change going on.:-). I’ll take pictures later and if I can figure out how to post them I’ll put them on here,hint,hint.

    I must have slipped into a survival mode. The first thing I thought when I saw the picture at the top is…OMG they are eating them RAW! 😯


  12. The snow is really coming down on the east coast of VA. We don’t get to see much snow here. It snows everywhere around us.

    I’m with you BB, I think Osama bin dead. And if he aint, who gives a sh*t what he thinks.

  13. how do you post a picture?

    indigogrrl's barn

  14. I think Osama’s been dead since Tora Bora.

    However. The global warming message makes me wonder if Al Qaida is developing a “civil” (as in non-military) branch, after the model of the IRA and the Sinn Fein. If so, it might signal an attempt to move into the political arena and toward “respectability.” There are some interesting implications, if so.

  15. O is such an incorrigible liar. He’s pushing the “it’s all the big bad GOP’s fault,”–even though he didn’t need a single Republican vote this year to do what was needed. Now that he’s been such a failure, and lost the 60th vote, there is no end to the peevish whining, scolding and complaints. Can we have a real adult leader please? I’m really over this spoiled brat.

    Obama Decries Divisive Rhetoric, Says Healing Can Happen if Opponents Stop Being Such Effing D-bags

    It’s wunnerful, too, that Obama is now calling for a new spirit of fellowship, though it’s a bit disconcerting that he only came around to this POV once his super-duper-majority in the Senate hit the skids. And that he can’t go longer than a short newspaper story without calling out his legislative foes.


    President Obama: Republicans Portraying Health Care as ‘Bolshevik Plot’
    Obama Addresses House GOP Retreat, Pushes Bipartisanship

    “Yes, I want you to challenge my ideas … I want you to stand up for your beliefs,” Obama told the gathering. “The only thing I don’t want … is for Washington to continue being so Washington-like.”


    • Politico reporting that the Senate Dems (along with Rahm, I guess) now courting Olympia Snowe again.

      Good grief.

      • They want to get the R’s to vote with them so they can try to hide the fact that the D’s are putting Republican-style legislation in place without the R’s cooperation.

        It’s a huge farce, but what I did learn yesterday is that O really is capable of talking with people in a pleasant style that doesn’t come across as a preacher or a lecture.

        Keeping in mind at all times….the O administration is on a mission to get their image back to the one that got him elected….never mind the value of the legislation, it’s all about the words.

        • Get his image back?

          The trust & credibility are gone, given the Nelson and Landrieu backroom deals.

          Americans are not as stupid as the O administration thinks they are.

          Rasmussen just did a post-SOTU poll. The approval ratings for Dems soared—they’re in love again.

          But the Repubs and Independents didn’t move.

          In fact, on the post-SOTU CNN group thing (with the dials), Independents dialed DOWN anytime Obama said the word “hope.”

          • The only way he could get any trust or confidence back is to actually DO something really dramatic for real people.

        • I f’ound him condescending and arrogant. He had the nerve to say the hc debates WERE on C-Span. To me he was saying I want bi partisan support to get things done MY WAY.

          • Exactly. He complains about the “ways of Washington,” and all that means is that he doesn’t like the “ways of DC” when they prevent him from getting what HE wants. Meanwhile, he uses every political tactic in the book to bully and deceive. What ever happened to his pledge of full transparency. He is such a hypocrite, and it’s sickening that people are so easily manipulated by a stupid speech. I heard some clips of his talk with the GOP and all I heard was scolding and condescension.

  16. A Radical Treasure

    I had lunch with Howard Zinn just a few weeks ago, and I’ve seldom had more fun while talking about so many matters that were unreservedly unpleasant: the sorry state of government and politics in the U.S., the tragic futility of our escalation in Afghanistan, the plight of working people in an economy rigged to benefit the rich and powerful.


  17. November 3, 2009:

    Obama and the conventional wisdom – Paul Krugman Blog – NYTimes.com

    Obama — who has many excellent qualities — has an unfortunate tendency to echo “centrist” conventional wisdom, even when that CW is demonstrably wrong. Remember when he bought into the line that Social Security is in crisis, stepping on one of the biggest progressive victories in decades?

    And right now, deficit-phobia has quickly congealed into the latest CW. You can see it in editorials (not from the Times, I’m happy to say, but almost everywhere else), in what the talking heads say, even in supposedly objective news reporting. Not a day goes by without my reading some assertion that “markets are anxious/jittery/worried about the deficit” — an assertion based on no evidence whatsoever. (Long-term interest rates on US debt are near historic lows; CDS spreads show no concern about default.)

    And Obama, being who he is, apparently feels compelled to give at least rhetorical obeisance to the CW. We can only hope that his economists, who know better, can convince him not to act on it.

    Two daye ago:
    Op-Ed Columnist – Paul Krugman – NYTimes.com
    The nature of America’s troubles is easy to state. We’re in the aftermath of a severe financial crisis, which has led to mass job destruction. The only thing that’s keeping us from sliding into a second Great Depression is deficit spending. And right now we need more of that deficit spending because millions of American lives are being blighted by high unemployment, and the government should be doing everything it can to bring unemployment down.
    This morning:
    Obama: Cutting deficit as important as job growth – Yahoo! News
    . . . president also promised to create a “fiscal commission” to develop ideas for reducing the deficit.
    But his plan would be weaker than a now-defeated Senate proposal that would have created such a commission and required Congress to vote on its recommendations. There is no way to force Congress to vote on recommendations from a presidential panel.
    The Senate defeated the measure when anti-tax Republicans and Democrats leery of being railroaded into cutting Social Security and Medicare voted against it.
    “Don’t blame Mr. Obama. There’s only so much one man can do, even if he sits in the White House. Blame our political culture instead, a culture that rewards hypocrisy and irresponsibility rather than serious efforts to solve America’s problems.”
    -Paul Krugman

  18. I found this amazing short film on you tube. I’m sure it’s not a real elephant doing the jumping, but it’s still cool.

  19. Gandhi was assassinated 62 years ago…

    DURBAN (Reuters) – Some of the ashes of revered Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi were scattered in the ocean off the South African coast Saturday, highlighting the political ties between the two countries.

    two videos…

    first one is a clip from the end of the documentary Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace

  20. Social Security IS NOT an entitlement program!!!!!!!.

    It IS NOT the govenrment’s money. It is the worker’s money


  21. Spam pingbacks?

  22. I’m waiting for hollywood to come to the rescue of the rapist as well as the father that sold his daughter. I’m assuming they’ll demand the rapist be freed from prison. Oh wait, that’s right, the only rapists and pedophiles they care about are the ones in their own club. How unfair to all the other rapists in the world. Snobs.

  23. I might never be heard from again — I just downloaded the Kindle-for-the-PC application and I can’t stop reading. I’ve already downloaded 5 books (3 of them free) …..

    (eyes drifting to the Kindle Tab)

  24. Love Cannon’s idea of replacing Geitner with our Dak!

    Only problem is, Dakinkat is too sensible for Obama’s domestic agenda.

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