Here are the latest national tracking polls of the presidential race:
Politico/George Washington University: Obama 49%, Romney 48%
Public Policy Polling: Romney 49%, Obama 48%
Reuters/Ipsos: Obama 49%, Romney 46%
Obama, however, has pulled away from campaign speeches so he could get back to the White House to manage the storm response for the East coast. This is a real sign of his being presidential… after all, he has a full-time job working for us. Romney being unemployed right now will keep up campaigning, but it will be interesting to see how he responds to the President’s activities.
- Hurricane Sandy blows US election off course – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Tight polls, looming storm shake campaigns down the homestretch (thehill.com)
… but is Obama/Biden or Romney Ryan the more truthful team? The Dems are the losers on lying… but the Republicans cannot seem to achieve overall truthfulness. Politifact evaluates their percentages of truthful expression as follows:
So if having candidates you can believe is important, then there is no question of which team to support.
- Obama’s story, Romney’s story, and the truth: Previewing the debate (news.yahoo.com)
- Letter: Not much of an endorsement of Romney, Ryan in their own backyards (tcpalm.com)
- Democrats’ truth vs. GOP lies (salon.com)
- Politico Truth Meters – Potus Obama & Mitt the Twit (bonjupatten.wordpress.com)
The whole video is below:
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- Who won last night’s debate? The national papers say… (theblaze.com)
- Winners and losers from the second presidential debate (washingtonpost.com)
- Obama and Romney Both Face Challenges in Second Presidential Debate (forextv.com)
- In debates, listening is as important as talking (newsvine.com)
I’ve heard critiques this morning that Vice President Joe Biden was all smirks, smiles, laughs, sharp elbows and impolite interruptions in his debate with Paul Ryan. It is always a risky tactic to let Joe be Joe, but it seems to have paid off.
After President Obama’s passive, lackluster response to Mitt Romney’s energetic assault during the first presidential debate, it was a relief that Biden came out swinging at Ryan. They got what they wanted and, as a result, Democrats should be reinvigorated as the closing days of the 2012 campaign tick away. I know I am.
And Biden made sure voters got to see Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” line put into action against the Republican presidential campaign. It was a fantasy moment for Democrats and Obama supporters, who thought the 47% quote from Romney was their major attack point.
CBS’s poll of undecided voters had Biden with a clear win, 50-31. Now we’ll see over the next few days how the VP debate effects overall polling for the presidential candidates.
- Biden v Ryan debate: ‘Feisty, aggressive and great television’ (itv.com)
- Video: Biden on Obama’s relationship with Israel: “It’s a bunch of stuff” (cbsnews.com)
- Poll: Biden takes debate over Ryan, uncommitted voters say (cbsnews.com)
- Biden comes out swinging at debate, clashes with Ryan (reuters.com)
- Joe Biden Is Stronger Communicator in VP Debate (forbes.com)
- Biden walks line between aggressive, domineering (kansascity.com)
If you listen to Ryan, if we are going to deal with Iran‘s coming nuclear capacity (the capacity of which both the candidates disagree on) we are going to have to insert troops. This means a new war – probably in partnership with Israel.
Ryan is also going after Russia as an enemy… especially if we go to war in the middle east. In his opinion, Russia is the leasing supporter of the Arab countries. Biden, of course, gets back to the fact that Russia is currently our ally.
I’m curious as to how many of the current questions of the Romney / Ryan campaign get answered. I hand it to Biden that he has already put up the 47% as an issue related to taxes. Ryan seems to ignore it.
This is going to be an entertaining night.
- 10 things to watch in tonight’s Biden-Ryan debate (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- Biden looks to avenge Obama in VP debate (metronews.ca)
- Joe Biden, looking to avenge Obama, goes head to head with Ryan in VP debate (vancouversun.com)
- 5 things to watch in VP debate (politico.com)
- Why the Biden-Ryan VP debate will be must-see TV for the healthcare industry (medcitynews.com)
- Iran In The US Campaign’s Crosshairs – OpEd (eurasiareview.com)
- War on Iran – Failing on Its Own Terms (antiwar.com)
Cassy Zobel, a 34 year-old, white democrat who lives in Mckinney Texas, had a rude awakening Friday morning. Her neighbor rang her doorbell to alert her to the vandalism and blatant racism on her property.
Zobel found that someone had covered her Obama/Biden sign, displayed in her yard, with offensive graffiti on both front and back.
I find it interesting that our little suburban city was just named the 2nd best place to live in America. I suppose there should have been a caveat. “Best Place to Live If You’re A Bigoted White, Christian, Anti-Gay Person Who Doesn’t Support Our First African-American President And Hates Everyone Who Does”. That was probably too long a title, though.
- Cassy Zobel
One day we may become a country for everyone.
- Romney supporter in Texas defaces yard sign: ‘N*gger lover… Obama sucks d*ck’ (rawstory.com)
- President Obama Related To First African-American Slave? (mymajicdc.com)
- Race, Obama and the GOP (newsobserver.com)
An awful lot of folks on line think so. Take a listen:
So seeing Joe up close has an interesting interpretation. What do you think?
- Jill Biden makes a really long penis joke. (aarhusblog.com)
- Jill Biden warms the crowd with accidental dick joke (nosyass.com)
- Giggling Crowd Has Mind In The Gutter During Jill Biden’s Speech (mediaite.com)
- Joe Biden Calls Cheerleaders ‘Best Athletes in College’ (abcnews.go.com)
“If you want a winner-take-all, you-are-on-your-own society, you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, a we-are-all-in-this-together society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”
Some of you may have missed Clinton’s speech due to football or the lateness of it’s presentation (if you are an early sleeper like me), so here it is in it’s entirety:
- Quote of the Day (jasontromm.wordpress.com)
- Democratic National Convention 2012: Loyalists fret over unvetted Clinton speech (thestar.com)
- Five things to watch at the DNC this week – CNN (edition.cnn.com)
Tomorrow will be the start of three days of Democrats firing up their base and showing support for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. They are in Charlotte, North Carolina, and we’ll be hearing some great speeches.
There’s been a lot of criticism of C lint Eastwood at the Republican Convention with his empty chair routine. A lot of people are suggesting that the Democrats come up with a parody attack. The leading suggestion is to have Betty White talking to Romney in an empty chair. It’s a very funny idea, but it is not going to happen.
Democrats are going to make the point that we are actually better off today than we were when George W. Bush left us in an economic mess.
Just look at how much job growth there has been in the private sector sing the Republicans (red bars) were replaced by Obama and the Democrats (blue bars.) Of course this is what the Republicans lied about last week when they said Obama had done nothing in the last 3 1/2 years.
So I hope everyone enjoys watching the convention and that independents and undecideds go for Obama/Biden and the Democratic congressional candidates.
- Betty White to Introduce Obama at Democratic National Convention? (truthdig.com)
- Social media users urge Obama to let Betty White introduce him at convention (windsorstar.com)
- Dems wants Betty White to speak at DNC (content.usatoday.com)
- Obama embraces ‘Obamacare,’ says it’s here to stay (cnsnews.com)
- The 2012 Democratic National Convention Kicks Off This Week from Charlotte, North Carolina (bostinno.com)
- Joe Biden leads Democratic attacks on Romney before Charlotte convention (guardian.co.uk)
- Obama tweet mocking Eastwood was most shared GOP convention tweet (rawstory.com)
- Polls So Far: No Convention Bounce for Mitt Romney (themoderatevoice.com)
New Video from Josh Fox and Bill McKibben:
JOSH FOX and BILL McKIBBEN’s Special Appeal to VP Biden: Save the Delaware!
WATCH THIS VIDEO JOSH FOX AND BILL McKIBBEN HAVE CREATED FOR JOE BIDEN AND THEN PLEASE TAKE THE STEP BY STEP ACTION BELOW:
EASY ACTION STEPS:
1) Send a FAX to the key targets listed below by clicking HERE.
2) Open a new email, copy the letter below, and paste the letter into the email. Next, copy the emails listed below for Joe Biden and the others below (except President Obama) and insert those addresses into the address bar in the email. Sign it and send it.
3) One last step: Open a window to contact President Obama (link below) and paste the email into the window and send it.
VP JOE BIDEN:
Phone: 202-456-1414 (ask to leave a message for both VP Biden AND Pres. Obama)
Fax:202 456 3455
COPY THE LETTER BELOW:
TO: Vice President Joe Biden
President Barack Obama (http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments)
Jo Ellen Darcy, Army Corps of Engineers for President Obama (ASACWPOC@conus.army.mil)
Governor Jack Markell (Mary.email@example.com)
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (Attorney.General@state.de.us)
Nancy Sutlley, Council on Environmental Quality (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dear Vice President Biden-
DON’T FRACK THE DELAWARE
We respect your integrity, your strength, your leadership and most of all your environmental record.
I am writing to urge you to unequivocally reject the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) proposal to allow gas drilling within the Delaware River Basin. The DRBC received 69,800 public comments on their proposed draft regulations which were overwhelmingly against fracking. They have ignored them and in the process ignored the democratic process. Commissioners who vote to allow fracking are on the wrong side of history and will be held accountable.
Hydraulic Fracturing – or Fracking – is a highly dangerous method of drilling for natural gas that risks the safety of our air, water, and food, and threatens the health of our families, communities, and environment and will undoubtedly put into jeopardy these critical considerations in the Delaware River Basin. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy Science Advisory Board’s own Subcommittee on Shale Gas Production recently recommended “[p]reservation of unique and/or sensitive areas as off limits to drilling. . .”
I urge you to say no to fracking in the Delaware River Basin. The charter of the DRBC calls for it to protect water quality in the basin, and clearly calls for nothing else to be considered above this mandate. There has been more than sufficient evidence, through widely documented incidents of contamination, to overwhelmingly convince any individual willing to look at the facts that a practice as potentially catastrophic as hydraulic fracturing should not be considered in a such sensitive area, the drinking water supply for 15.6 million people.
Do not think that a yes vote on these regulations will go unnoticed or unchallenged in the media or in the public sphere. The New York Times, Pro-Publica, and HBO’s GASLAND 2, to name a few media sources will report on fracking in the watershed and organizations with a very wide reach such as 350.org, Democracy for America, NRDC, Environmental Working Group, Catskill MountainKeeper, Delaware RiverKeeper and literally hundreds of others will be extremely vocal about any drilling allowed in the Delaware River Basin. If the regulations pass and the river basin is industrialized beyond recognition and contaminated, it will be forever the legacy of those who voted yes.
This watershed provides drinking water for more than 15 million people, delivering 1,803 million gallons of water every day to public water supplies. That’s about 5% of the nation’s population – including New York City and Philadelphia – who are depending on this relatively small watershed for safe drinking water every day. From massive water withdrawals to leaks and spills of toxics-laden frack fluid to the generation of millions of gallons of wastewater – sometimes laced with radioactive substances – the for gas drilling to pollute our water is grave. Specifically, and documented in the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Hazen and Sawyer Report, slick water horizontal hydraulic fracturing uses around 350,000-400,000 pounds of chemicals per well, many of these extremely toxic and cancer causing. To allow such obviously carcinogenic and dangerous activity near the sole or primary drinking water source for millions of Americans is nothing short of an invitation to disaster.
Moreover, the Delaware River Basin is vital to our ecology and quality of life. Its national park recreation areas are so treasured that 5.4 million visitors come each year to hike, camp, boat, or swim. Drinking water for millions, habitat for wildlife, and recreation for millions: one is hard-pressed to find meaning in the DOE subcommittee’s phrase “unique and or sensitive areas” if you do not apply it to the Delaware River Basin. With this clear and defining policy statement, how could one actually move forward to drill and inject so much chemically laden water into such a sensitive and vital American Treasure?
Moreover, oil and gas industry claims that drilling will aid economic recovery are patently false. In fact, drilling will damage the Basin’s existing economic value. The value of its water supply alone has recently been calculated by a University of Delaware study at $3,767,000 in annual economic value. Looking at the many aspects of economic value that the River provides, this study concludes that “[t]he Delaware Basin contributes close to $22 billion in annual market/non-market value to the regional economy…” Much of that value derives from forests, water supply and high water quality. These are the very assets at risk if natural gas development moves ahead in the Marcellus and Utica Shales, located in the Upper and Middle Delaware River Watershed. More so, many families in Pennsylvania, are already finding that after contamination, the value of their homes has dropped precipitously to what it once was. This is not the economic benefit that, during such a time of economic hardship, should be even be considered.
Surely you have noticed that the only contingents interested in pushing forward with fracking are ones that stand to benefit financially, who consistently dismiss the economic hardships and environmental degradation caused by the collateral damage incurred from this risky practice. This sort of omission and faulty economic analysis leaves the greater public liable for the true costs of contamination in numerous, and painful ways. Giving a yes vote to something that could potentially harm the general public in such a way would be nothing short of granting license to harm millions of Americans for the economic prosperity of a few.
There is an out, just as New York has urged no drilling in its watersheds which serve huge populations (the watersheds for New York City and Syracuse) the Obama Administration and the state of Delaware can vote to disallow fracking in the Delaware river basin which also serves a huge number of people with drinking water.
Currently New York Attorney General has filed suit against the commission for failing in its obligation to complete a cumulative impact study of hydrofracking on the river basin, which is required of the commission by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This means that the DRBC would be violating the law in allowing gas drilling regulations. We urge you to reject all drilling in the river basin flat out, but, at very least, the DRBC is required to do a multi-year cumulative impact study, which would truly assess the impact on the river basin, by federal law.
I strongly urge you to reject the proposed regulations to drill and call on you to protect the Delaware River Basin from fracked gas drilling. Please stand with this National Wild and Scenic River, its communities and habitats, and the more than 15 million people who rely on the Delaware for their water. To do otherwise could be catastrophic, and would surely cement your historic decision to reflect alignment with the polluting fossil fuel industry for generations to come. We voted you into office to serve and protect all of the people, not just the few who wish to profit at all costs.
Please make sure the DRBC votes no on the proposed regulations and insist on a ban in this fragile, scenic, historic, and critical watershed that serves millions of Americans.
THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
As you know, this blog came out against fracking months ago. We support Josh Fox and Bill McKibben.
So last week was Tea Party Week… maybe this will scare the rest of America enough to stop criticizing Obama and join ranks…
Take a look:
Let’s make this week Democratic Week…
- Tea Party Member Confronts Obama on Biden’s ‘Terrorist’ Smear (sfcmac.wordpress.com)
- Jon-Christopher Bua: Washington Notebook: An America Divided (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
Here’s the guest list for the White House State Dinner:
THE PRESIDENT and MRS. OBAMA
HIS EXCELLENCY HU JINTAO
The Honorable Madeleine Albright, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Alice Albright
The Honorable David Axelrod, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
Mrs. Susan Axelrod
Mr. Jeffrey Bader, National Security Council
Ms. Rohini Talalla
The Honorable Elizabeth Bagley, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kevin Frawley
Mr. Steven Ballmer, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
Mrs. Connie Ballmer
Ms. Bette Bao Lord, New York, NY
The Honorable Winston Lord
Mrs. Denise Bauer, Belvedere Tiburon, CA
The Honorable Howard Berman, Representative from California
Mrs. Janis Berman
Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Dr. Jill Biden
The Honorable Joseph Beau Biden, III, Attorney General of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Mrs. Hallie Biden
His Excellency Zheng Bijian, Chairman, CIIDS
His Excellency Dai Bingguo, State Councilor
Mr. Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY
Mrs. Laura Blankfein
The Honorable Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, Office of the Vice President
The Honorable Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court
Dr. Johanna Breyer
Mr. Greg Brown, Motorola, Schaumburg, IL
Mrs. Anna-Louise Brown
The Honorable Dr. Zbigniew Brezezinski, McLean, VA
Mrs. Emilie A. Brzezinski
The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
The Honorable Lael Brainard, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
The Honorable James E. Carter, former President of the United States
Mrs. Rosalynn Carter
Mr. Jackie Chan, Beverly Hills, CA
Mr. Phillip Button
The Honorable Elaine Chao, Washington, D.C.
Dr. James Chao
His Excellency Wang Chao, Vice Minister for Commerce
His Excellency Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman, CPPCC, former Hong Kong Chief Executive
Mr. John A. Chen, Chairman, Committee of 100, New York, NY
Mrs. Sherrie Chen
The Honorable Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ
Mrs. Mary Pat Christie
The Honorable Judy Chu, Representative from California
Ms. Chiling Tong
The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
Mrs. Jean Chu
The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State
The Honorable William J. Clinton, former President of the United States
The Honorable James E. Clyburn, Representative from South Carolina
Mr. John Clyburn
The Honorable Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Maggie Daley
The Honorable William Daley, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff
Ms. Bernadette Keller
His Excellency Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce
Mr. Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase & Co., New York, NY
Mrs. Judith Dimon
The Honorable Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor
Ms. Cathy Russell, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden
The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
Mrs. Karen Duncan
Mr. James Fallows, The Atlantic, Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Deborah Fallows
Mr. Xie Feng, Director General, MFA
Mr. Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Ann Friedman
The Honorable Michael B. Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs
Ms. Nancy Goodman
His Excellency Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology
The Honorable Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense
Mrs. Becky Gates
The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury
Mrs. Carole Geithner
Mr. Mark Gilbert, Boca Raton, FL
Mrs. Nancy Gilbert
The Honorable Chris Gregoire, Governor of Washington, Olympia, WA
Ms. Courtney Gregoire
His Excellency Zhu Guangyao, Vice Minister for Finance
His Excellency Zhang Guobao, Vice Minister for NDRC
Mr. Herbie Hancock, Los Angeles, CA
Mrs. GiGi Hancock
The Honorable Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology
The Honorable Robert Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs
The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Representative from Maryland, Democratic WHIP
His Excellency Wang Huning, Director of the Policy Research Office of CCCPC
The Honorable Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China
Mrs. Mary Kaye Huntsman
Mr. Robert Iger, The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
Ms. Willow Bay
Mr. David Ignatius, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Eve Ignatius
Mr. Jeff Immelt, General Electric, Fairfield, CT
Mrs. Andrea Immelt
The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement
His Excellency Li Jiaxiang, Vice Minister for Transportation
His Excellency Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs
His Excellency Ling Jihua, Director of the General Office of CCCPC
Mr. Robert Kagan, McLean, VA
Ms. Victoria Nuland
Mr. Michael Kempner, East Rutherford, NJ
Mrs. Jacqueline Kempner
Mr. Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola, Atlanta, GA
The Honorable John F. Kerry, Senator from Massachusetts
Mrs. Teresa Heinz Kerry
Mr. Robert King, UAW, Detroit, MI
Ms. Julie Kushner
The Honorable Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative
Mrs. Matrice Ellis-Kirk
The Honorable Henry Kissinger, New York, NY
Mrs. Nancy Kissinger
Mr. Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, Scarsdale, NY
Ms. Sheryl WuDunn
Ms. Ellen Kullman, DuPont, Wilmington, DE
Mr. Michael Kullman
Dr. Zhang Kunsheng, Director-General, Protocol Department
Ms. Michelle Kwan, Torrance, CA
Mr. Lang Lang, New York, NY
Mrs. Zhou Xiulan
The Honorable Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
Ms. Maya Lin, New York, NY
Mr. Daniel Wolf
Ms. Limin Liu, Reno, NV
Dr. Hugh Shapiro
Mr. Andrew N. Liveris, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI
Mrs. Paula Liveris
The Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce
Mrs. Mona Locke
The Honorable Christopher Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary
Ms. Kathryn Thomson
The Honorable Richard Lugar, Senator from Indiana
Mrs. Charlene Lugar
Mr. Yo Yo Ma, Burbank, CA
Ms. Jill Hornor
The Honorable Capricia Marshall, Chief of Protocol, Department of State
Mr. W. James McNerney, The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Haity McNerney
Mr. Evan Medeiros, Director for Asian Affairs, NSS
His Excellency Jiang Mianheng, Vice Chairman, CAS
Mr. Mel Monzack, Wilmington, DE
Mrs. Ann Monzack
Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mrs. Wendi Deng Murdoch, New York, NY
Mr. James Murren, Las Vegas, NV
Mrs. Heather Murren
The Honorable Thomas Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
Ms. Virginia Moseley
Mr. Paul Otellini, Intel, Santa Clara, CA
Mrs. Sandy Otellini
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Representative from California, Democratic Leader
Mr. Paul Pelosi
His Excellency Zhang Ping, Minister of NDRC
The Honorable David Plouffe, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
Ms. Olivia Morgan
Mr. Tom Pritzker, Pritzker Organization, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Margot Pritzker
His Excellency Wang Qishan, Vice Premier of the State Council
Ms. Jean Quan, Mayor of Oakland, CA
The Honorable Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, CA
Ms. Azita Raji, JP Morgan Securities, Inc., Belvedere, CA
Mr. Gary Syman
The Honorable Ben Rhodes, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
Ms. Ann Norris
The Honorable Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, New York, NY
Mr. Ian Cameron
Mr. Robert Roche, Shanghai, CN
Mr. Kenneth Roth, The Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Annie Sparrow
The Honorable Pete Rouse, Counselor to the President
Ms. Courtney Chapin
Mr. David M. Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group, Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Alice Rubenstein
Mr. Kirk Rudy, Austin, TX
Mrs. Amy Rudy
The Honorable Brent Scowcroft, The Forum for International Policy, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
The Honorable Gary Sebelius
The Honorable Susan Sher, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady
The Honorable Neil Cohen
Mr. Robert Sherman, Boston, MA
Ms. Kim S. Sawyer
His Excellency Chen Shiju, Chief of the President’s Office
The Honorable George Shultz, Stanford, CA
Mrs. Charlotte Shultz
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Culver City, CA
The Honorable Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
The Honorable Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy & Director of the National Economic Council
Ms. Allison Abner
The Honorable Jim Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State
Ms. Sherburne B. Abbott
Ms. Barbra Streisand, Malibu, CA
Mr. James Brolin
The Honorable Tina Tchen, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement
Mr. John Thornton, The Brookings Institution, HSBC North America, Palm Beach, FL
Mrs. Margaret Thornton
His Excellency Cui Tiankai, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Stanley Toy, Jr., Pasadena, CA
Ms. Lana Toy
Mr. Luis Ubinas, The Ford Foundation, New York, NY
Dr. Deborah Tolman
Mr. Jose Villarreal, Commissioner General, Shanghai Expo, San Antonio, TX
Ms. Sara Villarreal
Ms. Vera Wang, New York, NY
Mr. Arthur Becker
Mr. Steve Westly, Menlo Park, CA
Ms. Anita Yu
Ms. Anna Wintour, Vogue Magazine, New York, NY
Mr. Shelby Bryan
Ms. Patricia A. Woertz, Archer Daniels Midland, Decatur, IL
Mr. Kelvin R. Westbrook
Mr. B.D. Wong, New York, NY
Mrs. Roberta Wong
Mr. Charles Woo, Mega Toys, Los Angeles, CA
Mrs. Ying Woo
The Honorable David Wu, Representative from Oregon
Ms. Anna Kopperud
His Excellency Xie Xuren, Minister of Finance
His Excellency Zhang Yesui, Chinese Ambassador to the United States
Madam Chen Naiqing
His Excellency Sun Yibiao, Vice Minister for Customs
- Photos: Obama’s State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao (usnews.com)
- Hu Jintao welcomed to White House with human rights rebuke (telegraph.co.uk)
- Chinese president to attend state dinner, hold talks with Obama – CNN International (news.google.com)
- The last White House state dinner for China was 13 years ago – CNN International (news.google.com)
Here it is, 30 years to the day, the anniversary of the death of John Lennon at the hands of a young loony. Thirty years! We still listen to Lennon’s music (iTunes has just released all the Beatles stuff for the first time – including the later Lennon stuff) and kids who weren’t even born when Lennon died are just discovering the Beatles and Lennon and buying it up.
From my point of view, it brings me back to a time when we were trying to Give Peace A Chance because All We Need(ed) Is Love. But it didn’t happen. We went into war after war… we blew our budgets and debt up like Macy’s Parade balloons… we put ourselves into a split society which is killing itself (and not slowly any more.) For example: this week we are working as hard as we can to sell our bodies and souls to China and Saudi Arabia by increasing our debt and getting little in return.
This morning I’m watching the comments of Representatives (mostly Democrats) who are pretty pissed off. I hear that Joe Biden is meeting with the House Dems today to tell them that “the deal’s not sealed.” Yeah, sure. This is how they are going to hold Nancy Pelosi off.
The Senate is going to spend a big part of their morning with the ongoing Impeachment Trial of Judge Thomas Porteous. This has been taking up their time all week and, of course, is not taking care of the things the people need to get down to. Only 8 days left, guys.
As to what the Senate is going to do with the Tax Cut Extension legislation, seeing they have to get 60 votes to do anything (thanks to the Republicans requiring the filibuster level vote for EVERYTHING), I’m not sure what’s going to happen. And there are a bunch of Democrats, and the Independent Bernie Sanders, who will do what they can to keep the Obama agreement from going through as well. If we get through December 31 without the Congress passing on this, then the Tax Cut is ended and the taxes go back into play across the board.
And what are we going to do. As the voters, the population as a whole, and 98% of us not rich enough to benefit from what’s going an and all of us split into groups that are designed to not get along with each other by the political controllers who the rich have put into place, what can we do? We write blogs, send letter, call offices and everything else we can do to get our two cents in, and it doesn’t seem to matter.
And as I write this, Judge Porteous seems to be being found GUILTY by a unanimous Senate (at least on article 1 for having a “corrupt financial relationship” with a law firm and failing to recuse himself from a case). Watching these concerned Senators stand up 1 by 1 to vote “guilty” is pretty impressive, considering how many of them, to me are just as guilty of covering up so many things and flat out lying to voters during their campaigns. It reminds me of the lyric from Fiorello, “the only crime is to be caught.”
- Senate Begins Impeachment Trial of Federal District Judge Thomas Porteous (volokh.com)
- Taxes, What Taxes? Senate Starts Impeachment Trial (blogs.abcnews.com)
- The Caucus: And Over in the Senate, An Impeachment Trial for a Judge (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Senate to hold rare impeachment trial for judge (politico.com)
- Imagine | 30 Years Later (onemann.blogspot.com)
- John Lennon Death Anniversary: John Lennon Quotes, Facts, Videos (nowpublic.com)
- “Socialist Bernie Sanders Threatens to Filibuster Obama Tax Deal With Republicans” and related posts (nalert.blogspot.com)
- Remembering John Lennon, by the numbers (cleveland.com)
- The Day John Lennon Died (mirror.co.uk)
- Millions mark John Lennon’s death (mirror.co.uk)
- You: Lennon: Forever young 30 years after death (france24.com)
I’m watching two historians, Douglas Brinkley and Richard Norton Smith, being interviewed on C-Span’s Q&A by Brian Lamb. They are doing a general overview on how our world has changed over the last six decades or so… from WWII through various Presidential Administrations up to and including Obama. Their discussion on how the country has gone from different parties and groups that could get along, all of whom put the country first ahead of party position, eventually turning into radically polluted politics and a malignant society of opposites that refuse to come together.
The election which will, more or less, conclude tomorrow, will emphasize the split between Tea Party supporters reestablishing white control of an increasingly mixed country and Obama Democrats, working to solve problems without bringing everyone together, from both the left and the right, to participate. Smith wonders what would happen if the whole country could be “redistricted”, not by politicians, but by a computer or judges, then everything could change for the better… and districts could compete or even work together to solve problems. It’s one of several ideas both Smith and Brinkley keep proposing, but obviously they are both frustrated with the political world as it is today.
Brinkley expresses the idea that Obama could run in 2012 with Hillary Clinton as VP and Joe Biden as Secretary of State (the job he’s always wanted) and they could come up against Sarah Palin running for President after other Republicans destroy each other in primaries. And, in that situation, they would wipe out what things the Republicans achieve in the 2010 election. Smith, however, predicts that Palin will never run for President. Predictions are very easy to make, moderately easy to justify, and far enough away to be unimportant now.
This clip from Talking Points Memo:
- Karl Rove Says Christine O’Donnell Needs to Explain Witchcraft ‘Dabbling’ to Voters (politicsdaily.com)
- Karl Rove: Christine O’Donnell Needs To Explain Her ‘Witchcraft’ Remarks (mediaite.com)
- Christine O’Donnell Was A Witch! (perezhilton.com)
O’Donnell has achieved what no one thought would happen a couple of weeks ago… a chance for a Democrat to hold onto the Senate seat once held by Joe Biden.
Here’s a clip:
- Delaware Senate: Coons 53% O’Donnell 42% (outsidethebeltway.com)
- The first post-primary poll in Delaware (redstate.com)
- Color It Blue? (talkingpointsmemo.com)
The BBC reporting on Vice President Biden yesterday apparently are unaware of Ash Wednesday… It is too bad they have to be aware of it.
At the end of this video clip the unfortunate reporter realizes her mistake.