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Wednesday, Put your left foot in, take your left foot out

At least with the Hokey-Pokey, the circle stays in the same place — we don’t have to do quick double-hops to move closer to “the center.”  In Washington, concepts like “the center” shift every couple of months.  So, today we see misleading headlines like:
Advice for Obama: Move to the center is a wise one

With a re-election bid looming, Chris Arterton, professor of political management at George Washington University, said a move to the center is a sure bet in part because it’s unlikely the president face a Democratic challenger.

“We’ll see a different Obama in terms of the kinds of issues he’s advancing and reaching to the center, yes, but I think characterologically, we’ve seen a president who really likes to bring people together, likes to take complex issues and see if there is some way of synthesizing what everybody is saying,” he said.

Morey said Obama must channel what worked in his 2008 campaign — returning to his insurgent roots and playing offense — while recognizing that a strong economy is the one thing that will please everyone.

“People are happy when we’re making progress. It’s a dynamic of human nature, and electorates are happy when we’re making progress, even if it’s inching our way along.”

(humming) Happiness runs in a circular motion …. Hey! we moved the game over here!!

In the category of “I’m not a Lawyer But ….” I don’t really see how this counts as “hacking”

American charged with hacking after snooping on wife’s emails

A Michigan man has been charged under anti-hacking legislation designed to protect trade secrets after logging on to his wife’s email account and discovering she was having an affair.

Leon Walker, 33, faces a trial lawyers say could have significant repercussions given that nearly half of US divorce cases involve some form of snooping, such as reading emails, text messages or social networking.

Walker was charged after opening the Gmail account of his wife, Clara, who was married twice previously. Walker found she was having an affair with her second husband, who had once been arrested for beating her in front of her young son from her first husband.

When is a drought not a drought?

Good signs for CA water supply in snowpack survey

California’s water managers were optimistic after Tuesday’s trek into the powdery wilderness to survey the state’s frozen water supply.

The water content of the snow in the Sierra is nearly 200 percent of average for late December, according to measurements taken manually and electronically throughout the state.

. . .

“Our situation when it comes to water is so precarious that we should probably remain in a drought situation until we can figure out how we can better deliver water to the entire state,” Cooney said. “We’re in such a world of hurt that perhaps there is logic that we always remain in a drought situation. Clearly the next governor will have this issue at the top of his list.”

I don’t know why anyone would get involved with Chicago politics if they didn’t have to but, President Clinton seems to love a challenge:

Bill Clinton, to stump for Rahm Emanuel, warned by Danny Davis: Stay out of Chicago mayor race

Chicago mayoral hopeful Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) shot a warning on Tuesday morning to former President Bill Clinton, coming to Chicago to stump for rival Rahm Emanuel: Stay out.

Davis said that if Clinton did campaign for Emanuel, it would “fracture” and perhaps break his warm relationship with the African American community if he came “to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago’s Black community.”

I think politicians must have really thick skins. After all the crap that went in during the 2008 campaign, I wouldn’t be thinking of Rahm Emanuel as a friend.

Could this be true? I can’t imagine having sex after “a game” like this:

Oklahoma man says wife’s death was sex fantasy accident

Arthur Sedille was up-front with police: He would often put a gun to his wife’s head during fantasy sex play at their Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, home.

But Sedille said he didn’t know the gun was loaded when he pressed it to his wife’s head and pulled the handgun’s slide back during sex on the night of December 21.

Now Sedille, 23, is facing the possibility of a murder charge in Canadian County, Oklahoma, in the death of his wife, 50-year-old Rebecca Sedille — who died when the handgun went off in their bedroom.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Oklahoma City police, Sedille said the shooting was accidental. He called 911 afterward, according to police.

If you collect pin-up photos of the Obamas you’re out of luck this year:

Obama: No shirtless pictures

The White House is taking extra steps to prevent photos of a shirtless President Obama on vacation in Hawaii.

The president and his family are on a snorkeling trip in Hamauma Bay Nature Reserve, and traveling press are under “explicit instructions that there will be no long lenses or other sneaky attempts to take pictures,” according to a pool report.

I can’t tell who’s doing the freaking out here:

Latest Right-Wing Freak-Out: Obama Wants To Give Manhattan Back To Native Americans

The good news is that the right-wing isn’t talking about President Obama being a secret Muslim right now. The bad news is that they’re now concerned that he’s going to use his honorary status as a Crow Tribe Indian to return the United States to Native Americans.

The outrage began after the President announced on December 16 that the U.S. would reverse course and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The Declaration was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2007, but the U.S., under President Bush, opposed it.

. . .

Last week, the “Director of Issues Analysis” for the Christian conservative American Family Association, Brian Fischer, wrote a blog post claiming that “President Obama wants to give the entire land mass of the United States of America back to the Indians. He wants Indian tribes to be our new overlords.”

“Perhaps he figures that, as an adopted Crow Indian, he will be the new chief over this revived Indian empire,” Fischer wrote. “But for the other 312 million of us, I think we’ll settle for our constitutional ‘We the people’ form of government, thank you very much.”

Are they serious?  And where does THIS move “the center”? Are we supposed to be happy next week when we learn that no one is going to give Manhattan away?

25 Responses

  1. I have to admit, Bill campaigning for Rahm has me a bit ticked off. But I don’t know all the things behind the scene’s. Who knows what it’s really about.

    • maybe he is providing the Davis – Clyburn fringe wing a one finger wave….. So what’s former US Senate hopeful Alvin Greene view?

    • It is pretty clear that President Obama dumped Rahm. Imagine if Rahm is mayor of Chicago and Chicago is hq of Presdient Obama’s reelection campaign. That would be enough for former President Clinton to campaign for him (if he wants Hillary to run). But Rahm also supported President Clinton during some trying times. That could be another/alternate reason.

      As for losing support in the AA community, maybe former President Clinton recalls all too well the unfounded charges of racism from some in the AA community during the 2008 campaign. Can you lose what you didn’t have when it mattered? (And which president of the two has been better for all Americans including AA’s? Yep. And I think we all know which candidate would have been better.)

      Of course, many AA’s ignored the noise and supported Hillary. But I am not sure who in the Chicago area were in that group and whether they would be concerned if Rahm won.


    • Political Center?
      On what planet?

      I wonder if Mrs. Walker’s ex is a DA or like that?

      Bill going to Chicago sounds like pay back to me.
      After the racist allegations he owes the Black Community squat.

      You call them Right Wing loons, I call them the republican base.

    • Gotta agree. First we get Bill Clinton and Obama’s ‘presser’ where Bill supported Obama in the tax bill…(not to mention how Bill campaigned for Obama after the nomination was stolen from his wife). I am sorry but to excuse Bill Clinton is a bit like the bots’ “Obama is playing 11th dimension chess and we are too stupid to understand his MO”…it seems like Bill Clinton is more on board with Obama than I like to admit. Is Bill Clinton just like all those Dems that voted for HRC but eventually voted for Obama just to get a Dem in the WH? Yeah, probably. I have a bad feeling that Hillary is going to follow suit and go on the 2012 ticket as VP to save the WH for a Dem. And, that makes me mad as hell. And, I still wouldn’t vote for Obama….

    • It’s amazing to read the bizarre comments about Clinton and Chicago. Just because the AA candidate for Chicago major says something doesn’t make it true. Little known Davis “threatens” a former very successful president. It’s a belly of laughs.

      Rahm was the only Clinton aid not to abandon him because of he had sex not with his wife. The other aids were shocked to find that sex is going on in Casablanca (White House). Why wouldn’t Big Dawg support Rahm.

      We have built a monster out of Rahm based on half knowledge, half truth and a truckful of hate. Just move on and stop practicing right wing favorite emotions.

  2. That Manhattan story cracks me up. What are these people smoking anyway?

  3. Hi Katiebird, Rd & Co.

    I thought you might get a big kick out of this in terms of…what we all know, but? tail end bboom demographics of what is called Jonesers.


    Happy New Year to all.

    • I was born in 1963. I will call myself “late Boomer” or “early X”. “Boomer” and “X” are cool names. “Jones” is not cool. Harrumph. 😛

      • In my attitudes, I feel I am basically X. I refuse to accept the “Jones” label unless and until they come up with a cooler name for it.

        The second most common family name in the English language cannot be cool.

        Since our identity is rather inchoate, how about “Generation A”, for “Anonymous”?

        • Or “Generation Zero”, since we were the first to realize that we had no future?

        • I’m somewhere between X and Y, I believe. Another lost generation. Although I like to think I’m more of an outlier than just misplaced.

  4. Sorry to go off topic – just had to share this great story about super cool, 91 year old “Super Granny”, Super-Mamika – and her grandson.

    From the article:

    “The birth of the Super-Mamika idea was a coincidence,” the photographer admits. Before that, he had mainly used his granny for fashion shoots. She had to change for every photo, which caused problems at times, because Frederika was growing steadily more self-confident and demanding a say in what she wore. “The point came when I could no longer stand the constant arguing. She found half the clothes ugly and refused to put them on. The superhero costume was ideal — she put it on in the morning and only took it off in the evening after the shoots.”

  5. More stuff we wouldn’t have known about but for WikiLeaks:

    On February 25, 2010, State Department spokesperson Philip Crowley lied when he told a press conference that he wasn’t aware of any request from Dubai for assistance in tracking the Mossad killers of Mahmoud al-Mabouh…
    Wikileaks has just released a February 24, 2010 cable in which the embassy relays the specific credit card numbers used by 14 of the 27 known Mossad suspects to State with a request for assistance from authorities investigating the killing, and confirms that the UAE foreign minister made the exact same request directly to Secretary Clinton on February 23rd…

    Yesterday, I reported that incoming Mossad director Tamir Pardo was prepared to concede Israeli responsibility for the Dubai hit. To any who might view this as an Israeli official seeking to take responsibility for Israeli misdeeds or some such…Wikileaks is rumored to be about to publish cables in which the lid is blown on Mossad involvement. So it’s no skin off Pardo’s back if he admits to a crime which was about to be exposed anyway by others.


    h/t to mondoweiss

  6. I wish Obama would move towards the center-since he is already on the right, that would require him to move left.

  7. Wow. Owen Wilson the actor has apparently died in a ski accident. What a tragedy.

  8. I shouldn’t have to explain this, but a woman does not give up all of her rights when she gets married. If she owns separate property, her husband cannot sell it. If she has a separate bank account, he doesn’t get to draw out the money. If she has a doctor, her husband doesn’t get told her health info. That woman had the right to assume her email would remain hers. She did not give him the password and she did not give him permission to read her email. He later used what he read against her during a contentious divorce. She was harmed by his action of reading her email without her permission. THAT is why this is hacking and why it is illegal. You and the media seem to think this is humorous. It isn’t because it is an invasion, just as surely as if he had emptied her bank account or stolen her paycheck from the US mail.

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