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Good Morning Conflucians!!

The fall political season is now in full swing since we’re past the “end of summer”. That is, we’ve just past Labor Day. Of course it’s still summer, but who’s counting. Ha, apparently still not Democrats. Couldn’t resist that one. Ah Democrats, the party that despises democracy most of all. So what’s the political landscape look like. As if we didn’t know. We’ve had a number of posts on the subject, so it doesn’t take too much looking around to see the news keeps getting worse and worse for the anti-democracy party. Gosh, there are a whole lot of former movers and shakers in the old party who’d love to help, but we were thrown away. How’s that working out for you? Yea, that’s what I thought.

So let’s see what we find this fine morning. Obama is set to discuss what to do about Bush’s tax cuts later today:

President Obama will argue personally Wednesday against extending the Bush-era income tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest families even for a year or two, White House officials said Tuesday – a message aimed at wavering Democrats who have been swayed by arguments that the economy is too weak to raise anyone’s taxes.

In a speech scheduled for delivery Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland, Obama will restate his long-held position that the nation cannot afford to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of families, White House officials said.

That sounds pretty good. I’m sure like with most things, he’ll stand firm, keep to what he promises. Not be swayed by those bully Republicans. Oh wait, what’s this? The very next paragraph in the story (emphasis mine):

The officials added that Obama would not threaten to veto any compromise which extends the upper-bracket cuts, a position that has gained ground in recent weeks among moderates in both the House and Senate. But congressional sources said they were told to expect the president to try to stiffen Democratic spines in expectation of a showdown over income tax rates before the November midterm elections.

Ah, there you have it. In the next breath they make it clear Obama won’t veto a bill that extends the Bush tax cuts. That might be the shortest “pretend to stand firm” time ever for a president. Well, we were told he was historic. You know, since he’s pretty much always on vacation, and he’s always flip-flopping like this, how about he just only wear flip-flops from now until the end of his one and only term. Is that too much to ask?

In addition, from the same article, Obama has one more thing up his sleeve:

In addition to restating his position on the tax cuts, Obama plans Wednesday to officially unveil more than $180 billion in fresh spending and business tax breaks – aimed at boosting both the nation’s economic recovery and the political prospects of congressional Democrats facing the wrath of recession-weary voters in November.

What, business tax cuts you say, likely more tax cuts for the rich effectively you say? At this point, what else do you expect. Also from the article:

Economists, business groups and tax lobbyists said they are not enthusiastic about the job-creating potential of expanding an existing tax credit for domestic research and permitting firms to write off 100 percent of spending on new plants and equipment in 2011.

Of course they don’t. But then, they just don’t have enough hope. Let’s see what the official chief of spin the crap has to say:

Politically, the provisions could be equally ineffective, some Democrats said. Because the details are sketchy, vulnerable Democrats may find it difficult to campaign on them. Meanwhile, some Democrats questioned whether voters would be able to distinguish between the new proposals – which the White House vows will not increase the nation’s soaring budget deficit – and last year’s $814 billion stimulus package, which voters tend to think increased deficits without improving the economy.

“It depends on how it’s spun,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D), whose state is a critical bellwether this year, with a governor’s race, a high-profile Senate race and a dozen competitive House races that will help determine whether Democrats retain control of Congress.

“The president has to attempt to attack this problem and attack it now,” Rendell said. “Is this a little too sophisticated for the voters to get? I’m not sure. But it’s better than nothing.”

There you have it. And how could it be otherwise. If we the little people don’t get it, or have issues with it, then perhaps we’re just not sophisticated enough to get it. That’s the new Democratic party in a nutshell right there. I leave it to the reader as an exercise to map out their line of reasoning to your nearest toilet. Remember, after you throw up, brush your teeth and gargle well.

Over at CBS, they have a nice story on the obvious result of the practices we’ve been seeing in the new Democratic party:

More Republicans voted in this year’s statewide primary elections than Democrats, according to a new study, marking the first time GOP turnout has exceeded Democratic turnout in midterm primaries since 1930.

Republican turnout exceeded Democratic turnout in the primaries held through August 28 by more than four million votes, according to Curtis Gans, director of American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate. While the average percentage of eligible citizens who voted in the GOP statewide primaries was the highest since 1970, the average percentage of eligible citizens who voted in Democratic primaries reached an 80-year low.

Yes, you read that right. Lowest in 80 years. Since 1930. Wonder what was happening back then? Hey new Democrats, how’s that new coalition and all hope, no experience approach working out for you? Are you getting it yet? No? Can’t still face it yet? Well, I can understand how hard it would be to admit that you kind of messed this one up. Well, I was being kind, you may have actually destroyed the whole country. But never mind. You’ve got hope.

But here’s the really interesting part:

“These figures speak to the falling away of an ever larger slice of the population from active political participation and the continuing decline in public involvement with the major political parties, reducing their ability to serve as forces of cohesion within the American polity,” Gans said.

Yea, that’s not good. That’s people noticing that both parties are owned and full of crap. Got hope?

So that’s happening.

Let’s see if we can find something less, oh, I don’t know, despair inducing. This is interesting, Murkowski in Alaska may find a way to still run:

The Alaska Libertarian Party’s Senate candidate said Tuesday that after meeting with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, both he and the recently defeated Republican senator are considering whether she should continue her run by becoming the party’s new nominee.

Libertarian Party nominee David Haase told POLITICO he met with Murkowski at the home of a private citizen Tuesday morning in Anchorage, where they discussed whether she was in interested in replacing Haase as the party’s nominee on the ticket this November.

“My answer was that I was considering it and I wanted her to come up with some reasons why, and she’s considering that,” said Haase.

Murkowski appeared to be leaving the race for good just a week ago, telling supporters in her concession speech last Tuesday that she was ready to come “back home” after this year after a stunning GOP primary loss to Sarah Palin-backed attorney Joe Miller.

But now it appears the senator is weighing her options to stay in the race, which include running as a write-in candidate or becoming a third-party candidate. Not only has Murkowski met with Haase, but the state Libertarian Party chairman also confirmed Monday that the senator’s top aides reached out to him about meeting to discuss whether Murkowski could run on their ticket.

Murkowski spokesman Steve Wackowski did not immediately return a request for comment, but the senator told The Associated Press Tuesday that she is “still in this game.” Murkowski said she’s been flooded with calls from supporters asking her to say in the race, so she is looking at her choices.

Very interesting. I’d rather see her than the Tea Party replacement. But then again, whatever.

In economic news, oh yea, we’re going there, here’s an interesting story about vast numbers of banks still to go bust soon:

Even if the US and European economies manage to avoid a double dip, it will still feel like a recession, while more than half of the 800-plus US banks on the “critical list” are likely to go bust, according to renowned economist Nouriel Roubini of Roubini Global Economics.

The second half of the year will remain weak as tailwinds become headwinds, Roubini told CNBC on the shores of Lake Como, Italy at the Ambrosetti Forum economics conference.

“In the second half, fiscal policy becomes a headwind, no more cash for clunkers,” Roubini said. “The positive scenario is that growth will be below par.”

Roubini recently said the chance of a double-dip recession in the US was now more than 40 percent.

“The big risk is that there will be a downturn in markets that could impact the bond, the equity and the credit markets,” he said.

“Job losses have been higher, the US jobs number will show that. There is no private sector jobs growth,” he said. “Consumption is weak, exports are weak and housing is weak.”

“If there is no final sales and no final demand, companies will not invest,” he added.

He goes on to say even more depressing stuff. And speaking of, it looks like the recent flash crash is spurring stock fund withdraws:

Retail investors have yanked money out of stock mutual funds for 17 straight weeks. And the still unexplained May 6 “flash crash” — when the Dow Jones industrials plunged more than 600 points in minutes before recovering — is increasingly being cited as a key reason the public has been selling.

In a speech Tuesday, Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said the SEC was informed by retail brokers that the Main Street investors they cater to “have pulled back” from the stock market since the flash crash.

To buttress her point, Schapiro noted that stock funds have suffered net outflows every week since the flash crash. In contrast, in all 11 weeks leading up to the mayhem of May 6, net inflows were positive, with retail investors pouring roughly $26.6 billion into stock funds, Ned Davis Research says.

While there are many other factors to explain why investors have been fleeing stocks since the flash crash — the European debt crisis, nearly double-digit unemployment and recent fears that the economy may slip back into recession — many experts cite the flash crash as the selling catalyst.

“I don’t want to argue that all the selling is due to the ‘flash crash,’ ” Ned Davis noted in a recent client report. “I just think that was the trigger.”

Since the start of 2008, investors have been fleeing stock funds in favor of bond funds, which are viewed as safer. Still, there’s no question that seeing the Dow fall so far so fast with so little warning took a big bite out of confidence, says Michael Farr of investment firm Farr Miller & Washington. “It made the individual investor more certain in their suspicion that the (stock investing game) is fixed,” he says. The fact that regulators have yet to explain why it happened and whether it can happen again, he adds, is an overhang on the market. Still, Farr says it has faded from his clients’ minds: “I haven’t heard a peep about the flash crash in months.”

So that’s happening.

Let’s see what else. There are a lot of neat things happening in science. I usually go there for solace in times like these. Here’s a kind of interesting and kind of funny one. There’s some research about how men dance and more importantly how it’s judged by women as a test of health and mating potential. I’ll call it, the peacock news segment:

The researchers say that movements associated with good dancing may be indicative of good health and reproductive potential.

Their findings are published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

“When you go out to clubs people have an intuitive understanding of what makes a good and bad dancer,” said co-author Dr Nick Neave, an evolutionary psychologist at Northumbria University, UK.

“What we’ve done for the very first time is put those things together with a biometric analysis so we can actually calculate very precisely the kinds of movements people focus on and associate them with women’s ratings of male dancers.”

“We found that (women paid more attention to) the core body region: the torso, the neck, the head. It was not just the speed of the movements, it was also the variability of the movement. So someone who is twisting, bending, moving, nodding.”

Movements that went down terribly were twitchy and repetitive – so called “Dad dancing”.

Dr Neave’s aim was to establish whether young men exhibited the same courtship movement rituals in night clubs as animals do in the wild. In the case of animals, these movements give information about their health, age, their reproductive potential and their hormone status.

There is a video interview at the site, and a video of good and bad dance examples. So what kind of dancing do you do?

On that lighter note, we’ll wrap it up. What are you reading? Add anything that tickles your fancy or raises your BP. Or just chew the fat as we say.


101 Responses

  1. You’re up early.
    I’m LMAO over the image of Obama stiffening anyone’s spine.

  2. Wow on Bush’s tax cuts! Obama Times say it makes him “a populist”
    Other page one news

  3. uh oh, Lambert’s blog is being naughty again.

    Can someone save me from myself? I spent a good portion of yesterday at Talkleft and shaking my head. I never thought in a million years that progressives would be peachy with manipulation to control the masses in much the same way republicans behaved in the lead up to war on Iraq. Some of the left is the mirror of the right and its scary and aggravating.

    • “Some of the left”?

      It’s what Obamanation is all about.

      I stand in awe that you can still stomach reading that stuff for longer than a few minutes. Sends my blood pressure through the roof.

      • I consider most of us lefties on this site. I kept having to remind myself of that yesterday. The cognitive dissonance was astounding. People that decried when General Betray-us used the line “you put the troops in more danger by vocally opposing the surge” were suddenly okay with the guy using practically the same line to oppose some nutball burning a Quran.

        I’m still shaking my head 24 hours later.

        • I can’t get Corrente to open right now, but BTD just posted that Obama’s latest lie (as discussed in DT’s post) is “the most progressive initiative in 17 years”!

          • I’m glad he’s calling it progressive. I make sure I discern between progressive and liberal for my neighbors and have since 2008. 😉

          • If you use the words progressive (or liberal) and Obama in the same sentence, and you’re not making a joke, you just may be an Obot.

          • This particular incident in 2009 is particularly ironic since it was in response to US SOLDIERS burning the Qu’ran in 2009.

            Hmmmmmm surely General Petraeus must not have been in the military in 2009 or he would have spoken out and told those soldiers that they were putting THEMSELVES and other soldiers in danger for pulling such a stunt?

        • The difference is that, based on prior incidents, Petraeus may be right about the book burners.

          • Prove it.

            That area of the world is rife with violence daily(it’s why we’re there).

            The idea that one nutball is why they gathered in Kabul is a media myth.

            They dislike us because we decimated the poppy fields they used to generate income. They see us as hypocrites because at one time the Taliban was on our payroll. They’ve been angry at us for YEARS.

          • Goodness gracious

            Someone must have been burning a Qu’ran when this happened too!


            Until the US government starts to get real on things we can’t course correct. The reason they are angry has litte to NOTHING to do with the nutball in FL.

          • There’s a difference between “may” and “is.”

            Any proof one way or other will come ex post facto–there will be a response, or there won’t. Afghanistan is presently divided between two armies of occupation, ours and the Taliban. Populations have turned on occupiers before because a religious provocation tipped the balance between angry acquiescence and outright hostility. That may not happen in Afghanistan; or it may. We’ll know if the idiot goes ahead with his book burning.

          • Explain all the anti US rallies prior to this recent incident then?


            Like I said they’ve been doing this stuff forever.

          • Here’s another Anti US rally that occurred in August of this year.

            Also prior to the nutball in Florida telling everyone he’s burning a Qu’ran


            As I stated, they don’t like us whether people here burn stuff or not.

            I don’t mind having an honest discussion on tolerance and the expression of religious freedom in the country. However, it should be an HONEST discussion and it shouldn’t be based on propaganda about how being a bigot puts the troops lives in danger. It’s a slippery slope and the uniform isn’t meant to prop an argument against someone’s first amendment right to be an idiot as long as he assembles peaceably.

          • Discontent in an occupied country can have multiple causes. No one’s arguing that burning Qurans is the sole source of protest, and suggesting that it is, is a pretty obvious straw man argument. It’s not that simple. Who knows, they just might be a little peeved about Afghan civilians–women and kids–being blown to bits by mis-targeted drones.

            But there’s a tipping point at which an occupied population will actively turn on foreign occupiers. Whether the book burning will be that tipping point is something we will know if it happens.

          • What I found particularly egregious is the idea that somehow if people stopped voicing dissent here that our troops battling half a country for control of the country would somehow be safer.

            Disclosure: I disagreed with the notion of we got a do over in Afghanistan after we deserted it for Iraq . Just as I disagreed with the notion of Cheney getting a do over 10 years after Desert Storm in Iraq. You don’t get do overs. That’s why our leaders are supposed to use foresight and caution when making decisions.

        • Thank you. I feel kind of lost over at TL myself sometimes – as if I’m nit allowed to have a difference of opinion (I’m a centrist, so of course, that really means I’m a Republican shill in their eyes) It is a bit scary that some over there and around the “liberal” blogosphere have become as intolerant as those they profess to disagree with (or hate). They have become what they once despised, and all they really seem to want is an echo chamber.

          Thanks for letting me chime in here.

          • I’m a centrist, so of course, that really means I’m a Republican shill in their eyes
            That would be odd since both JM and BTD are up front about being centrists and not far left.

          • I’m considered a raging liberal in my neck of the woods. Hypocrisy is ugly no matter which side uses it though.

  4. Great post, Dandy Tiger! Did you hear about the meteorite that fell in Columbia?

    Colombian authorities confirmed that a “giant fireball” that fell from the sky in the Santander department, central Colombia, was a meteorite.

    The Colombian media has been buzzing with eye witness accounts of the fireball, which caused a massive explosion at 3:15PM local time Sunday.

    Andina.com reported that Bucaramanga Mayor Fernando Vargas confirmed that the phenomenon was a meteorite that left a crater 100 meters in diameter when it crashed into the earth in the San Joaquin municipality in Santander.

  5. “It depends on how it’s spun.” Wow, Dandy—that says it all, doesn’t it?

    The Roubini article describing so many smaller banks (ie, not TBTF) going under…..I think it ties in to the post Dak made telling us the small business stimulus is really just to help out the banks. May not mean any real loans to small businesses at all, you know? Just more shoring up the “community banks’ ” own balance sheets and keeping the $$$ for themselves.

    It’s all such an okey-doke now. Who knows?

    • We’re just a bunch of rubes to be manipulated by both sides.

      It’s disgusting.

      One of the folks I was talking to yesterday said that it was okay too because we have a nation of lost souls that need to be manipulated or they’d fall prey to the Glenn Becks of the world. I almost can’t wait to see how she/he feels when they replace the word Glenn Beck with liberal elite media and the government in question is a Republican government. I’m sure they’ll really enjoy being the lost soul being given half the story to push a talking point.

      Now I despise Glenn Beck and I find what that pastor is going to do and Florida repulsive but I find the idea that my government feels it has the right to feed me half truths more repulsive. They work for me. I should be able to trust them.

      • Exactly. The people who stood by the right to burn the flag are suddenly reverential to the …koran? Why?

        • Some of the folks on Talkleft insinuated that the folks from the right side of the aisle are too simple to use persuasive speaking on. An authoritarian figure in a uniform is perfect to utilize to tell them what they should and shouldn’t do.

          I kid you not. Apparently we are on our way to a military dictatorship one of these days.

      • It IS disgusting.

        How ya spin it, while the fine print says something else, is all about the “sales job;” NOT about good governing.

        And they’ve done it so long, they have no more credibility.

        THIS is why Dems will stay home in November.

        Scaring em with Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin is just the shiny object for distraction. They think their fellow Dems are too stupid to know that.

        So sad.

  6. Tax cuts redux sounds familiar- sounds like when Barack Obama was stumping for the public option but wouldn’t oppose a bill that didn’t have one in it.

  7. So, let me get this straight: the seniors, the veterans and the disabled have a patriotic duty to foot tax cuts for people who make up to 250,000 a year? I just wanted to be sure I understood that.
    And my international edition of the tabloids

    • (waving American flag and placing hand over my heart)

      If you don’t support tax cuts for the rich then you’ll make the troops in Afghanistan cry!

      Now if we can only get Gen. Patreaus to say it thn it’s sure to pass. Where’s a good military puppet when you need one?

    • I thought it was pay for tax cuts for those making above $250K /year…? Especailly for the to .01%, right?

  8. Peter Daou has a funny tweet on the oil-kill report where BP is pssing blame around


    BP releases report on gulf well blowout – instantly devoured by paper-eating microbes http://wapo.st/9pp7Ft via @postpolitics

  9. Great round up TD! Thanks!

  10. http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/09/07/arizona-republicans-are-recruiting-greens-and-dems-are-seeing-r/?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl1%7Csec4_lnk2%7C169074

    If I could wish anything to backfire on the GOP this would be it.
    I’d love to see some of the homeless in government. Perhaps we might even see some compassion for struggling people.

    Arizona GOP party candidates for most despicable people in the world.

  11. farrightdemocrat

    The most amazing thing about this discussion is that Obama’s political team did not type those “Bush tax cuts” he wanted to extend on a clean sheet of paper, and title it the “Obama tax cuts”.

    Any truly savvy political operation would be having a conversation about the president’s proposed “Obama tax cuts”, and who will be given an “Obama tax cut”.

    Instead, we’re talking about “Bush tax cuts”, for which Obama will never get primary credit.

    This is sheer political incompetence by the Obama political operation.

    • BTD is over at TL having an orgasm over O’s speech on tax cuts. I think he’s reframed it that way.

  12. Wow…..the world is upside down.

    From WSJ: “Bloomberg Defends Pastor’s Right to Burn Quran.”

    “In a strange way I’m here to defend his right to do that. I happen to think that it is distasteful. I don’t think he would like it if somebody burnt a book that in his religion he thinks is holy.

    But the First Amendment protects everybody, and you can’t say that we’re going to apply the First Amendment to only those cases where we are in agreement.”

    • To defend the right is the wrong tack and irresponsible. It’s not about a right, but intolerance and a display of disrespect. Nobody disputes the right to burn Bibles, or burn the flag or any object considered sacred by any group.

      • I disagree.

        In this country we have a right to voice our disagreement with things(even if we are lunatics).

        Furthermore, this man’s actions have led synagogues and churchs to decry his behavior. It’s led to a discussion on religious freedom and tolerance and that’s a positive.

        • It’s not about a right. Yes, those people have the right of being hateful towards another group and protest something (I don’t know what).

          • They disagree with the notion that Islam is peaceful(all 31 of them).

            Meanwhile as a result of his stunt many synagogues and churches with membership well over that 31 are speaking out that they are wrong. That there is room in America for all faiths.

            Frankly, I like knowing who the bigots are.

          • Just because their man preached peace doesn’t mean that Christians are peaceful people. I submit to anyone that more wars and mayhem has come from Christians than any other religious group. Slavery was supported as a God given right because the Bible said it was okey-dokey. Lynchings in the South were a way of life no long ago.

        • Real Christians who understood the philosophy Jesus Christ taught are peaceful people.

          Unfortunately there are a whole bunch of people who stopped reading after the Old testament and ascribed that to Christ, even though he wasn’t born at the time of the writing.

          Compasssion, tolerance and forgiveness are all traits Christ taught. There isn’t anything remotely compassionate, tolerant or forgiving in the action of burning the words to anothers belief set.

          Many of the religious community are openly saying that now. They equally have a right to speak up about the pastor’s actions. Now, General Petraeus is another story. Unless they plan on allowing ANY soldier to openly express their opinions on civic expression than he should have remained quiet and punted it to Clinton or Obama and he definitely needs to quit with the “endangering the lives of the troops crap.”

    • Bloomberg is exactly right. But, as some people argued about the Burlington Coat Factory community center, having the right to do something doesn’t necessarily mean one should do it. Their outcry for “sensitivity” apparently doesn’t extend to those who will be offended by the book burning.

      And by the way, I am extremely offended by assholes who would burn any book–cookbook, porn, trashy novel, OED–any book at all. The right to read and be informed is fundamental and is itself a First Amendment issue.

      • Me too, okasha. Cue Ray Bradbury’s novel “Fahrenheit 451”. Movie adaptation by François Truffaut.

        Book burning pains me as much, and in a similar way, as people not voting, though having the right/priviledge to do so.

    • Bloomberg gets it right.The idea we should suspend some people’s first amendment rights so that the troops who have sworn to defend that right might have it easier in a war zone is crazyland territory.

      • I don’t agree in suspending rights. I would defend the right of neo-Nazis to march and spill their hatred against minorities, but I will say that their views and marches are nothing but a display of hatred. I defend the right of burning the Koran, but I condemn the display of hatred. Those who protest clinics that provide abortion have the right to do so. I will defend that right, but I condemn it because it’s also egregious to those who seek the services.

        • Agree
          The pastors actions in Florida are horrid and worthy of condemnation. They are the opposite of the teachings of Christ. Instead of burning the qu’ran they should perhaps pick up the scriptures and read about turning the other cheek when offense has been offered.

          • The best way to get a smile is to smile when we connect with others. The best way to influence others to be peaceful is to practice peace. Talking about it is not helpful because people will find reasons to practice hatred. Talking is counterproductive, and a substitution for the real thing.

  13. DNC chairman on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer show, when asked if he will withhold $$ support to Dems who speak out against administration’s choices/policies:

    Says , with a smile, that he will PRIORITIZE help for those who are talking about all the GOOD things the Dem Party has done.

    Well, well, well. Triage, indeed.

  14. And one more: Markos Moulitsos, in an interview describing his new book “American Taliban,” :

    Says the American rightwing are anti-women (like he’s not), and that if it weren’t for the Constitution denying them the right to do so, the American rightwing would BEHEAD people if they could.

    No wonder so many Dems have disavowed Markos and his book.

    They’re unvraveling, folks. Completely unglued.

    • Markos would only behead women. And only those who disagree with him. Way better!

    • I don’t know about beheading, but the right includes people who advocate stoning to death by the community for adulterers, LGBT’s, “apostates and heretics” (anyone who doens’t follow their brand of Christianity) per Mosaic law. These wackos are actually entrenched in the Washington political establishment via “The Family” and were involved in the recent push to introduce the death penalty for gays in Uganda. One of the few things I give Obama props for is cancelling the annual WH “prayer breakfast” organized by these loons.

      • Just read Tea Party head in Wyoming believes gays should be hung. Not quite stoning or beheading, but still life depriving.

      • The Bible is similar in its justice. If that’s what is being protested, I think they should also burn Bibles. I understand the practice of Hammurabi justice is no longer acceptable and we should condemn that, but burning sacred writings is simply an act and a display of hatred, imo.

        • The Bible is similar and it is an act of intolerance. We agree that much.

          However, where I have problems with how the argument has been made that this man’s actions are endangering people in a war zone particularly by someone in uniform(when it is forbidden for military to speak out on political matters in uniform on behalf of military folks.)

          It’s the same type of stuff that was utilized to quell arguments against the surge in Iraq.

          • I agree with you. To condemn it because of the war zone is not to understand what’s distasteful about the burning of the books.

  15. Another reason for PDS: People are listening to her!

    “Nonword ‘refudiate’ gets most online searches” http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/sep/08/nonword-refudiate-gets-most-online-searches/?breakingnews

    Notes on hands trump teleprompters. Perhaps people prefer listening to a real person rather than a talking head no matter what is said.

    • Yeah, like nobody has made a typo.

      • Yes, and people so tolerated the idiot Bush and his malapropisms. They made fun of him, but stopped short of declaring it a federal offense. The impalin’ Palin crowd would have her head! “She must not do that!” said with frothing lips.

  16. The choice: take money from those who produced it, give it to government, who keep a lot of it for their overhead, and give the balance to the politically blessed, and propose they will create permanent revenue generation; or leave it in the hands of those who figured out how to make some, save, pay taxes, invest in some enterprise, and use the net proceeds to sustain and/or grow their business. Only a politician or folks who feel entitled to others property would propose that is fair. And only someone who has never invested and built a business would think that is the best choice. It is not and this Keynesian demand side gamble is a shambles.

  17. Found this on a Russian new site…it’s translated into English using google. So let’s review. I get more info from a mechanically translate Russian new site than the media here… The English isn’t the best, but the info’s pretty good! the head line alone is soooo refreshing! lol!

    September 8, 2010

    Oil company BP named the perpetrators of the accident in the Gulf of Mexico .

    Investigation of BP showed that the explosion resulted in a human factor, in particular, wrong decisions of staff and technical problems and shortcomings of the construction of oil platforms .

    In its report, BP said that the incident was the result of wrong decisions taken by several companies and working groups. As the document says, led to the catastrophe of a combination of circumstances.

    In total, participants investigation identified six main causes of the disaster . First , the cement pad at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico was unable to keep natural gas from falling into the drill string . After that, specialists BP and Transocean company misinterpreted the testimony of measurements of pressure in the borehole without checking with her integrity and powered by drillers Transocean for 40 minutes could not recognize the penetration of the drill column of hydrocarbons.

    In addition , the report notes that natural gas spread through the drilling platform due to an error with forward flow from the well, if that could be thrown overboard . At the same time , fire protection systems failed to prevent its spread through the ventilation system. After the explosion on the platform did not work protivosbrosovy fuse, which was automatically resealed to prevent leakage of oil wells in the event of an accident . The report assumed that this was due to the fact that some of its mechanisms were not functioning .

    • after all that I forgot to post the main head line…what got my attention:
      BP named the cause of the accident in the Gulf of Mexico Imagine saying BP is the cause! How refreshing lol!

  18. More good news for the middle class’ economic picture …

    Health Insurers Plan Hikes

    They DO? Gee nobody could’ve seen THIS coming!

    Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats’ efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the midterm elections.


    • Lovely. I just got my “regular” 16.5% rate hike, and now this is coming? I may drop insurance altogether. I’d rather put the money into an account for personal catastrophes…which are coming with the way politicians are running the country.

  19. I’d have to say that it’s not “whatever” for me regarding Murkowski:

    Very interesting. I’d rather see her than the Tea Party replacement. But then again, whatever.

    I’d disagree for the same reason that I told republican friends they ought to be outraged at the 2008 Dem primaries, even if they themselves would prefer to face Obama rather than Hillary

    Process matters. Voters are being stomped on by both parties in this country, and it needs to STOP. This is America. The republican voters went out and voted in their primary, and they chose Miller. Whether or not I like that choice is irrelevant. Murkowski has no business trying to circumvent the will of the voters of her party, nor do the party leaders who are behind the scenes tacitly supporting her (and they are.)

    We are fast reaching a point in this country where the power-brokers in both parties feel free to substitute their choice for the choice of the voters. However much I might disagree with Miller, it was a republican primary, and that is who those voters chose. No one has a right to seek to negate that choice.

    Representative govt is representative govt, period. Subverting that is flat wrong, even if I don’t like the choice. If we don’t have our votes, then we have nothing, and losing that is a much bigger danger than having an uber conservative senator from Alaska.

    • That story isn’t about Murkowski or the RNC overturning that election and her getting installed as the Repub nomination. It’s about her becoming he nominee in another party. If that’s fine by that parties rules, then whatever. Then when she runs in the general, the voters can decide.

      • I didn’t have a problem when Lieberman did the same. But what was telling was who did and didn’t support him. And of course what the voters in Conn did. How many Dems and the DNC sort of behind the scenes effectively supported Lieberman was a red flag and told us a lot. If the Repub establishment does the same in this case, that should tell registered Repubs something in the same way.

      • I agree that it’s not as egregious. But the concept is the same, in the sense that it is the R party leaders that are supporting her in doing this – sending RSCC lawyers to help out, etc. And not coming out and supporting the peoples choice in Miller.

        Sorry, but that’s wrong. I’m sick of the machinations of both parties in this regard.

        • If the R party leaders support her in this case, which I’d guess they would, then the R party leaders are not on the side of members of the R party there. Just as D party leaders weren’t on the side of members of the D party in Conn a few years ago. They may pay for that in the long run.

          • Did you read the story I posted about the GOP fielding Greens?

            I wonder how many checkers moves before the Dem party starts supporting tea party candidates?

            Isn’t astro turfing fun?

  20. “The president has to attempt to attack this problem [people not getting what good Dems have done and will do for the economy — and that’s a problem right there, eh?] and attack it now,” Rendell said. “Is this a little too sophisticated for the voters to get? I’m not sure. But it’s better than nothing.”

    Doesn’t it depend on the TOTUS to provide good arguments for the POTUS to read? Obama is not much of a sales person…except for himself and using words of others, especially using TOTUS.

  21. DT, great post, but I think you are misreading Rendell. He’s an old fashioned Dem and a solid Clinton supporter, and he knows first hand how to get good things done despite a GOP congress in PA.
    I think he’s saying BO is sure to blow it and the stimulus will backfire.

  22. Depending on how the polls look here in late October will determine if I vote or not. If Pat “Loony” Toomey and Tom Corbett look to be ahead, I’ll stay home.

    As for the Alaska race, I hope that Joe Miller wins that and other Tea Party candidate get elected nationwide.
    The democratic party leaders need an enema and 2010 election results might be it if they have less power than during the Bush administration.

    If that doesn’t work and they figure they’ll be like cockroaches after nuclear holocaust, the complete destruction of the economy under a Tea Party congress might shake them out of the complacency they have had since Tip O’Neil quashed any investigation into the House Banking Scandal and unwittingly brought about Newt Gingrich’s ascendancy.

    I am of the opinion that the main obstacle to a Liberal agenda is the Democratic party under its current leadership.

  23. Lovely pic of our SOS here:

    “The world is counting on us. When old adversaries need an honest broker or fundamental freedoms need a champion, people turn to us,” she said.

    But she stressed the importance of international partnerships.

    “This is no argument for America to go it alone,” Mrs Clinton said.


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