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Reporter Throws Shoes At Bush

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 11:45 am by HL

Hope he walked through some “dog poo” first. That’s not all that Bush should have thrown at him….

Bush gets shoe thrown at him


Bush gets shoe thrown at him

I guess all the Beer, Whiskey, Cocaine, and Sedatives, haven’t completly screwed up his motor skills too bad. Here’s a video of it.

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This is why Bush has to travel over there in secret, imagine what would happen if they knew he was coming.


Bailout Oversight: Too Little, Too Late?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 11:43 am by HL

Bailout Oversight: Too Little, Too Late?
Remember back in September when Congress blocked the Bush administration’s initial effort to ram through a bailout bill that would have given Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson virtually unlimited authority to spend $700 billion however he saw fit? Among the measures…


eBay Meg Too Toxic for CA-Gov?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 11:40 am by HL

eBay Meg Too Toxic for CA-Gov?
John McCain’s Treasury Secretary choice and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman lost her two big-name GOP consultants before she even decides to run for governor of California.

John McCain’s pick for Treasury Secretary and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman lost her two big-name GOP consultants before she even decides to run for governor of California.  eMeg was in charge of Willard Romney’s economic message and then half of John McCain’s economic brain trust (I know, right?) along with Carly Fiorina — until Carly left eMeg entirely in charge of McCain’s brain.

Political gurus Adam Mendelsohn and Steve Schmidt have withdrawn their participation in Meg Whitman’s political operation, about a month before she is scheduled to decide whether she’ll run for governor in 2010.

Mendelsohn confirmed Thursday that he and Schmidt were no longer working with Whitman, in his case because of a busy schedule planned in working with current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and in Schmidt’s case a desire to spend more time with his family and on his business.

Schmidt worked as principal campaign adviser to John McCain’s unsuccessful presidential campaign this year.

eMeg’s political stock was high at the St Paul GOP convention: those geniuses thought she brought the right kind of political acumen to the California governor’s race.

“Oh, she’s going to run,” said a long-time McCain ally and California Republican National Convention delegate. “She’s working people here,” added a McCain fundraiser. Whitman, national co-chair of Sen. John McCain’s campaign, was talked about as a vice presidential pick and has wowed Republicans with her political savvy.

Although the GOP consultants claim calls of Arnold and family, I wonder if eMeg’s support for Proposition 8 has made her too toxic a property for the consultant class in California:

Whitman, as we’ve noted, is an oddity among Silicon Valley Republicans, who tend to worry more about lower taxes than hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage. In the Republican presidential primaries, she supported Mitt Romney, a Mormon with conservative social views. But it wasn’t until recently that Whitman started talking about her own support for Proposition 8, California’s recently passed ban on same-sex marriages.

Unless eMeg plans to finance her gubernatorial campaign from her own very deep pockets, finding money to run may be difficult in the Golden State, especially if she faces powerhouse fundraiser Dianne Feinstein in the general election:

As a practical matter, Whitman’s support of Proposition 8 may backfire in fundraising and in the general election. Several current and former eBay executives, including founder Pierre Omidyar, lent their name to a newspaper advertisement opposing Proposition 8. Will they support Whitman’s campaign now? Unlikely.

Her stance could also hurt her former employer’s business. Already, eBay sellers are organizing a boycott because of Whitman’s stance. And no company likes to be drawn into controversial causes. One might think that her handpicked successor, John Donahoe, might prevail on Whitman to moderate her stance for that reason alone.

California prefers its Republicans to be centrists — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, another Proposition 8 opponent, is the best example of this trend. Whitman’s top two contenders, former Representative Tom Campbell and Steve Poizner, the state’s insurance commissioner, also opposed the proposition.

California GOPs face the same wingnut minefield their national counterparts do to win the nomination: they must hew to no-tax-raising, social-issue-defining orthodoxy to win the nomination, then turn abruptly to appeal to a broadly moderate, even progressive, statewide constituency in the general election. Arnold never could have won the governor’s nomination in a GOP primary; his only route to Sacramento was through a trumped-up recall election.

Will eMeg’s Prop 8 strategy to win the GOP nomination kill her chances in a general election?

{h/t calitics

{video from squashram24



Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“With all due respect to the Republican National Committee, we should try to be working constructively together.”

— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in an interview on This Week, on Republican attempts to tie President-elect Obama to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


Late Late Nite FDL: The Night Before Christmas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas, starring Tom & Jerry.  This Oscar nominated 1941 MGM cartoon was supervised by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Directed by Fred Quimbly.  Animation by Ken Muse, Jack Zander, and Pete Burgess.  Music by Scott Bradley.

What’s on your mind tonight?

The Night Before Christmas, starring Tom & Jerry.  This Oscar nominated 1941 MGM cartoon was supervised by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Directed by Fred Quimbly.  Animation by Ken Muse, Jack Zander, and Pete Burgess.  Music by Scott Bradley.

What’s on your mind tonight?


Racial Extremists Are Infiltrating the Military for the Chance to ‘Kill a Brown’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Racial Extremists Are Infiltrating the Military for the Chance to ‘Kill a Brown’
New evidence suggests that white supremacists are taking advantage of lowered recruiting standards to enter the armed services.


Ex-EPA Official To Congress On Midnight Regs: “Maybe We Should Have A Little More Polite Discussion.”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

Ex-EPA Official To Congress On Midnight Regs: “Maybe We Should Have A Little More Polite Discussion.”
The Bush administration’s record on the environment is so abysmal that even a former Bush EPA official had difficulty defending it today. Environmentalists blasted the administration’s policies at a hearing called by the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global…


Rove Reportedly Will ?Help Lead? GOP?s Fight Against Eric Holder For Attorney General

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Rove Reportedly Will ?Help Lead? GOP?s Fight Against Eric Holder For Attorney General
Senate Republicans, including Sens. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Jon Kyl (R-AZ), are trying delay confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, raising questions about Holder’s role in the 2001 pardon of Marc Rich. Grassley even tried to tie Holder to Gov. Rod Blajogevich, saying last week, “Public reports have just […]

Senate Republicans, including Sens. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Jon Kyl (R-AZ), are trying delay confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, raising questions about Holder’s role in the 2001 pardon of Marc Rich. Grassley even tried to tie Holder to Gov. Rod Blajogevich, saying last week, “Public reports have just emerged that in 2004, the Governor of Illinois hired or sought to hire Mr. Holder.”

On Dec. 1, just one day after Holder’s nomination, Karl Rove told the Today Show that Holder’s record “will be examined” because he was the “one controversial nominee“:

ROVE: He was deeply involved as the Deputy Attorney General in the controversial pardon of Marc Rich. … I think it’s going to be clearly examined, if for no other reason that people want to lay down markers that that kind of behavior is inappropriate. … But again, there will be some attention paid to this.

On Friday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) released a statement noting that the Republicans initially praised Holder, but now seem to be taking their marching orders from Rove:

LEAHY: In addition, Senator Grassley has acknowledged Mr. Holder’s impeccable credentials while reserving judgment. But of course since then, Karl Rove has appeared on the Today Show and signaled that Republicans ought to go after Mr. Holder. Right-wing talk radio took up the drum beat.

Today on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Show, Washington Post reporter Ceci Connolly revealed that Rove is indeed “helping lead” the effort against Holder:

CONNOLLY: Word on the street is that Karl Rove is going to be helping lead the fight against Eric Holder when his nomination for Attorney General heads up to the Senate.

Watch it:

A year after he resigned from public office, all roads still lead to Rove.


Limits on Executive Pay May Prove Toothless

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 15th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

Limits on Executive Pay May Prove Toothless
Congress wanted to guarantee that the $700 billion financial bailout would limit the eye-popping pay of Wall Street executives, so lawmakers included a mechanism for reviewing executive compensation and penalizing firms that break the rules.