Daily Archives: September 19, 2010

The President’s Weekly Address: The Republican Corporate Power Grab

The President explains how the most dire warnings about the Citizens United case have been proven valid.

Why you didn’t see Christine O’Donnell on the Sunday Talking heads…

…and you are probably not likely to in the future.

This clip from Talking Points Memo:

clipped from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
Christine O’Donnell, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate from Delaware, had been set to appear on CBS‘ “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday” tomorrow, but has scrapped both appearances to attend campaign events, including a picnic, the AP reported.

O’Donnell’s planned appearance on the Sunday shows would have put her in the position of answering tough questions about her track record of attention-grabbing statements on pre-marital sex, Joe Biden allegedly tapping her phone and her own dabbling in witchcraft.

The cancellations, just four days after her stunning win in the Delaware GOP primary, comes on the heels of O’Donnell’s positive reception at the Values Voters Summit on Friday.
The “Fox News Sunday” website was still promoting O’Donnell’s appearance as of Saturday afternoon. Karl Rove — who had been critical of O’Donnell’s “nutty” views but later backed the candidate — was also scheduled to be on the program.
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Mayor Bloomberg calls Tea Party “A Fad”

clipped from dekerivers.wordpress.com

It might be more an embarrassment than a fad.

Mr. Bloomberg described the Tea Party movement as a fad, comparing it to the short-lived burst of support for Ross Perot in 1992. The mayor suggested that the fury it had unleashed was not a foundation for leadership.

“Look, people are angry,” he said. “Their anger is understandable. Washington isn’t working. Government seems to be paralyzed and unable to solve all of our problems.”

“Anger, however, is not a government strategy,” he said. “It’s not a way to govern.”

Mr. Bloomberg said he wanted to see more of the cooperation once displayed by Senators Orrin G. Hatch and Edward M. Kennedy.

He said that he would not have voted for either of them (“one because he’s too liberal for me, one because he’s too conservative for me”), but added, “These two guys who went into the Senate together and were the closest of personal friends for 40 years, they were everything that democracy says a senator should be.”

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I hope the Mayor is right. And I hope we can elect folks to the Senate who DO work together despite Party affiliations.

Things are just getting worse in government every day.

After 3:00 AM and, as usual, I can’t sleep…

…so I’m watching a show on PBS about the evolutionary development of dogs from ancient wolves. Part of my “can’t sleep” strategy is to try to find something very boring to watch on the Tube and to fall asleep in my recliner. Unfortunately, I’m getting very interested in this dog/evolution story. Now they are talking about ancient civilizations in Mexico who believed dogs had magical powers… especially a large, hairless dog that still exists as a species, but shows up in wall paintings on ancient step pyramids.

Apparently the whole litter of new Mexican pups are not hairless… only a few out of many have the gene that causes hairlessness… and these are the ones revered as magical. Oddly enough as I watch this, I can hear Nestle, my Labby, up in the stairwell. I can tell from the sound of his license and collar items jingling that he is up on the stair landing where he will likely stay until I come back upstairs to bed. This is a ritual we go through on a regular basis.

Now they are showing Inuit dogs that pull sleds in -30° weather and never sleep a night indoors. Their extreme senses of hearing, touch and smell protect the Inuit hunters from falling into hidden cracks in the ice into a deadly sea among other dangers. The dogs are the only species that can fight with Polar bears and win.

OK… I’m getting tired again… I’m going back to bed… Nestle will come along with me (he has slept in the middle of the bed between Elly and me for the the past 9 years.) ‘Night folks.