Archive for June 12th, 2011

12
Jun
11

night everyone

12
Jun
11

tears of a clown

GOPolitico: John Boehner has shown his weepy side once again … he welled up a few times during his commencement address at Ohio State University on Sunday.

What set off the waterworks this time? Boehner got emotional twice when he mentioned his parents and again when stressing the importance of gratitude.

….In a lighter moment, Boehner talked about his early days as an unknown politician with a troublesome last name.

“When you begin to go out there and ask people to vote for you, they’re probably not gonna vote for you if they can’t say your name,” he said. “You know, my name looks like Beener, Bonner, Boner.”

Then, to the delight of the crowd, he added: “Thank God it’s not Weiner.”

Boehner also cried when delivering Catholic University’s commencement address last month.

12
Jun
11

ah yes, the liberal media….

Tonight’s CBS News, starring John Dickerson:

“In national polls he (Mitt Romney) beats Barack Obama.”

Really?

Dickerson must have missed the last national poll (June 8), by Reuters/Ipsos (here): “….President Obama leads all potential Republican challengers by double-digit margins. He is ahead of his closest Republican rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, by 13 percentage points – 51 percent to 38 percent.”

“The emails turned out to be great news for Sarah Palin …. she can also say that she was given a thorough tea-cleaning by the media and there were no bombshells, which is good news for her.”

Really?

He must have missed dozens of those emails, including the ones about her getting questions in advance from friendly media, having her staff research the answers and feed them in to a teleprompter, which she then read from during her ‘interview’. Seriously.

And funny, Dickerson neglected to mention that Alaska officials redacted information from more than 2,300 of the emails, and held back 953 entirely (Washington Post). Um, how could the half-termer have been given a “thorough” cleaning by the media when her Alaskan buddies withheld all the damaging stuff?!

‘Palin emails redacted by same people who worked for her’

Paul Jenkins (Anchorage Daily News): As they prepare to finally cough up more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails gleaned from her brief, odd stint as governor, Alaska officials tut-tut they are going to withhold 2,415 pages from the public. Why? Those communications are privileged, personal or somehow exempt from Alaska’s disclosure laws. Or so they say.

How convenient. Guess where the good stuff will be. No, really. Guess. Now, you might wonder, as I do, how emails sent or received by a governor or her minions on state time, using state resources, yakking about state business can be personal or exempt from disclosure laws. But state officials say there is the right to privacy thing and the attorney-client privilege thing and the “deliberative process” thing. Apparently – and it was a shock to me – there is no public’s right to know thing.

Who made these decisions? It turns out state lawyers and folks in the governor’s office – where some, it turns out, worked for Palin but now work for Gov. Sean Parnell, who was Palin’s lieutenant governor – made the calls on those 2,415 emails. Not an impartial panel of citizens and lawyers, or folks lacking direct or indirect ties to the authors of the emails or any court. Just insiders.

More here

Quality reporting, Mr Dickerson 😉

E-MAIL: evening@cbsnews.com

12
Jun
11

searching for the president

12
Jun
11

curious

The professional left, as you know, aren’t happy: their beloved Anthony Weiner is in a spot of bother. And if I had a dollar for every time I read them cite Martin Luther King’s, eh, active social life when posting their support for Weiner on various websites, I’d have the price of an iPad 2.

Eg:

(You have to love the last comment – “King gets a pass because his assassination was literal”. I don’t even know where to start with that one, so I won’t. But the person who posted it is a self-described ‘progressive’).

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Now, if you were trying to compare Weiner’s woes to other high profile Democrats/liberals/activists who had trouble controlling their weiners, would a man who died over 40 years ago really be the first who’d spring to mind?

Not Bill Clinton? Or John Edwards? Or Eliot Spitzer? Or …. well, there have been quite a few in recent times.

Why Martin Luther King? If you were going that far back, why not JFK? Or RFK? And why choose someone who wasn’t even an elected politician – which is kind of the issue here with Weiner, isn’t it?

Curious.

By the way, the professional left now have something in common with the turd that is Lee Siegel. The photo above comes from his article on the Daily Beast … “With all the commotion over Anthony Weiner’s gross and undignified online behavior, we have been too distracted to see that we have an even worse miscreant in our midst …. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Note the present tense: “…we have an even worse miscreant in our midst.” Has Siegel not heard MLK was assassinated in 1968?

So, Siegel has to travel back over four decades to find a perfect comparison with Weiner – because MLK was a “compulsive seducer of women, he lied to his closest aides and friends, and to his wife and children”. Well, that’s true, no Democrat/liberal/activist has behaved in that fashion since then. None at all.

Oh, forgot to mention: the professional left and Siegel have something else in common: they both loathe the President. You know, the guy who makes them think of MLK.

The best part of all this is that the professional left constantly bleat about the race card being used against them when they attack the President …. and then they bring MLK in to the debate about Weiner’s ‘problems’. You couldn’t make it up.

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PS I was Googling stuff earlier on and up came a bunch of right-wing hate blogs making the same Weiner/MLK comparison. Sometimes it’s so hard to distinguish between the bigots on the right and the bigots on the left.

12
Jun
11

fox eats palin-tea

Politicususa: Tim Pawlenty was on Fox News Sunday today, but instead of getting softballs tossed his way like Sarah Palin did last week, he was hammered for his economic plan. It looks like Pawlenty is not one of the FNC chosen ones.

At a time when Republicans are introducing non-economic economic plans on a regular basis, Pawlenty’s plan is so ridiculous that it is attracting ridicule from many conservatives, but what a difference a week makes on Fox News Sunday.

Seven days ago, Sarah Palin was on the show and given the fawning drooling treatment by Chris Wallace.

More here

12
Jun
11

glitch alert!

Strange things happening with comments on the blog today, some of you good people are having your words dumped in the spam folder alongside assorted nutjobs, like the lady from Texas who keeps trying to remind us that the President is black. 😯 I didn’t know that, did you?

Hopefully this is just temporary oddness, maybe Sundays do strange things to WordPress?

So, fear not – if your comments don’t appear immediately, I’ll rescue them from that spam folder.

PS Still stunned to learn that the President is black. Why on earth didn’t any of you tell me? 👿

12
Jun
11

‘party to leave the party’

Broward Palm Beach: Next month the Broward County Police Benevolent Association is holding a “Party to Leave the Party” – an event coordinated with the Supervisor of Elections where police officers and the general public can switch their voter registrations from Republican to Democratic or Independent.

The reason for the switch? The association, which serves as the bargaining union for the county’s law enforcement officers, is unhappy with the leadership of Governor Rick Scott and the results of the past legislative session, including changes to the Florida Retirement System that will require the workers to pay more of their own wages into retirement savings.

The PBA may be a union, but it’s not traditionally a bunch of liberals … “I think most of our police officers and stuff are Republicans,” says Broward PBA President Patrick Hanrihan. Well, until the party-switching party, that is.  “We’ve been supporting Republican governors for the past 20 years,” Hanrihan continued.

But this one’s antics may be too much for the traditionally red-voting, gun-wielding, meat-eating, hippie-busting (OK, we’ll stop) cops to stomach. “[Governor Scott’s] union dues deduction bill is a flat-out union-busting bill,” says Hanrihan. “Under the law, a government agency wouldn’t be allowed to collect union dues if it was involved in political campaigns.” He notes that Scott had “no problem” taking money from the police union in the past election….

More here

Thank you HopeFruit

12
Jun
11

“obamneycare”

As Me4Obama so beautifully labels him …. Tim PalinTea 😉

Time: “President Obama said that he designed ObamaCare after RomneyCare, and basically made it ObamneyCare. We now have essentially the same features.  The President’s own words is that he patterned in large measure ObamaCare after what happened in Massachusetts. What I don’t understand is they both continue to defend it.”

ObamneyCare? Why not RomamaCare? Or, eh, MittarackCare? Or better still, BarneyCare? 😕

Has Pawlenty morphed in to the Half Termer? He sure is beginning to sound like her.

12
Jun
11

on course

President Obama steps off Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base on his return from Camp David, June 12. The President is playing a round of golf with Ben Finkenbinder, Marvin Nicholson and David Katz.




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