Daily Archives: December 5, 2010

So here’s what the Right thinks will happen on the extension of Tax Cuts…

clipped from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com

McConnell Says Dems Will Cave On Tax Cuts

Signaling confidence that Democrats will stop blustering and cave on tax cuts, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted today that all of the Bush era tax rates will be extended temporarily.

“I think it’s pretty clear now taxes are not going up on anybody in the middle of this recession,” McConnell said on Meet the Press. “It isn’t going to happen.”
McConnell acknowledged that, despite broad Democratic opposition on Capitol Hill, the White House and GOP are currently negotiating a compromise based on a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts, which would likely punt this debate into presidential election season.
“We’re discussing how long we can maintain current tax rates,” McConnell said. “We’re going to have some kind of an extension. I’d like one as long as possible.”
President Obama himself all but signaled that the Democrats lost this fight during a statement about a recently-announced Korea free trade agreement yesterday.
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“We need to redouble our efforts to resolve this impasse — in the next few days — to give the American people the peace of mind that their taxes will not go up on January 1st,” Obama said. “It will require some compromise, but I’m confident that we can get it done.” The White House is pressing the GOP to allow an extension of unemployment benefits and the tax breaks in the stimulus bill in exchange for an extension of income tax rates. According to the Huffington Post, Obama will allow the cuts to expire if the GOP refuses. On that score, McConnell claimed there’s no impasse.

We’re having folks over for Chanukah this evening…

… and we’ve been cleaning and cooking for two days now. Penny and the Boys and some friends are coming over and Elly has made Ruggalah and a few other goodies and I made two pies. People will be here in about 5 hours and we’re still cleaning and cooking.

I don’t think we’ve invited people over here who were not just family since we moved in 2+ years ago. This is a test, I guess, of our hosting capabilities. I’m not sure how much to hope for… this has not been one of our specialties since we lived on Cape Cod over 30 years ago and had Fine Arts Work Center artists over for parties.

Before I get too depressed over all of this I have to put the trash we’re creating out. More later.

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Here Comes Santa Claus

Joel Pett in the Leington Herald-Leader:


Ah, the holidays… doesn’t everyone think about sharing?

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Tony Auth in the Philadelphia Inquirer:


…and, to some, it is better to TAKE from everyone…


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Clay bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

… and GIVE to the folks who need it least…

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Jeff Danziger in the Los Angeles Times:

… and don’t look up the chimney for Santa Claus.


Zappadan started yesterday… here is my first Zappa tribute:

Whipping Post:

Quote for the Day – Thre Majority Leader on Senator McCain’s opposition to ending “Don’t ask, don’t tell”…

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid

“First, Sen. McCain said he would seriously consider repealing it if the military leadership thought we should, and [when] the military leadership said it should be repealed, he pulled away the football. Then Sen. McCain said he would need to see a study from the Pentagon. When the Pentagon produced the study saying repeal would have no negative effect at all, he pulled away the football again.

“And his latest trick, he said yesterday that he opposed repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a proposal that would be a great stride forward for both equality and military readiness … because of the economy,” Reid added. “I repeat, the senior senator from Arizona said he couldn’t support repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ because of the economy.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about and no one else does either.”

– Senator Harry Reid

The “Doctor Who” opening that was cut by the producers from Craig Ferguson’s show…

… with Matt Smith, the number 11 Dr. Who. I don’t know why they cut this… perhaps because too many Americans, even after 30 years of Dr. Who showing up on Public Television don’t know this SciFi series.

In reality, the intro was axed at the last minute due to rights issues (what, the title tune music?), and Ferguson subsequently called on fans to start a public campaign to get the clip online by any means necessary. The campaign took shape on Twitter via the #leaktheclip hashtag, and now just a few weeks later, the intro has indeed found its way to the Internet….

There… wasn’t that fun?