Obama has plan to travel the nation to get support from the American people
in regards to new stimulus plan. He wants to over-ride any congressional
Obama Plans Stimulus Tour
Obama is not going to spend any time getting comfortable at his desk in the Oval Office.
As soon as the inauguration celebrations are over, he plans to take to the road to sell his
$775 billion stimulus package to the nation, appealing over the heads of Congress to the
American people. And his cabinet will also scatter far and wide, stressing the need for
quick passage of his bill to defibrillate the stalled economy. "We'll fan out," said David Axel
-rod, Obama’s chief public relations advisor. "We'll make clear to people why we need to
do what we're doing, why it's the size it is, what the individual component parts are,
and why they are an important part of the equation in terms of short-term recovery.”
There are dangers, however, to going on tour like a rock star, writes David Nicholas
in the Los Angeles Times: “By mounting an aggressive public relations campaign,
Obama may be seen as bypassing the GOP en route to a major legislative victory.
For a new president who promised bipartisanship, Obama's methods could leave
Republicans feeling isolated and marginalized.
Warner Todd Huston of Newsbusters won't let the AP get away with anything. He notes how Sarah Palin and George Bush are slammed in every article no matter the occassion even if the slam has nothing to to do with the subject material.
No facts of course from Rachel Maddow. Even pundits are suppose to use them especially when discussing civilian deaths and the agonies associated with war. Yet we are talking about Air America Radio with MSNBC host, Rachel Maddow. It was no surprise that Maddow would side against Israel, that is the European way:
Warner Todd Huston at NewsMax reports on the AP wire that had to get as many digs in as possible about the "failed Candidacy" of Sarah Palin as the birth of her first grandson was announced. Huston puts in bold the statements put out by AP that are particularly un-newsworthy and serve no other purpose than to slime Palin once again. We need good reporters like Huston that will call out the MSM on such matters:T Redwine
A response that Israel on Christmas Day openly announced was to come were the rocket bombardments from the Gaza Strip not halted. This called shot gave the Post two (additional) days to provide a description of the nearly daily asaults Israel has faced from Gaza since they ceded the territory to the Palestinians in September 2005 (and that have been stepped up even further in the last month plus). To provide some sort of context for why the Israelis were planning what they have now begun.
But rarely if ever does the Post find these Palestinian attacks worthy of any coverage at all, let alone the stuff of front page placement. It didn't this time either. No mention -- of Israel's warning or why they had issued it -- made the Post's front page at all on either day.
|Caroline Kennedy draws criticism after latest tour|
|Dec 29 07:02 PM US/Eastern|
By MICHAEL GORMLEY
Associated Press Writer
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Caroline Kennedy's latest trip under the spotlight as a Senate hopeful didn't get much better reviews than her first.
A New York Daily News columnist said "the wheels of the bandwagon are coming off." New York Post state editor Fred Dicker already put her on his list of 2008 losers. And The New York Times said "she seemed less like a candidate than an idea of one: eloquent but vague, largely undefined and seemingly determined to remain that way."
On Friday after weeks of silence, Kennedy agreed to sit down for interviews with The Associated Press and New York City cable TV's NY1. Over the weekend, she scheduled another round of interviews with other news organizations from the Times to the Buffalo News. The New York Daily News noted she frequently used the phrases "you know" and "um" during the interview, which was skewered in political blogs Monday.
"There has been some very rough comments," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College poll. "I have been surprised," he said. "The welcome mat has not been out from everybody."
Kennedy spokesman Stefan Friedman didn't respond to requests for comment Monday.
Hamas, the rotten radical extension of Iran, is simply the enemy of the West. Americans don't escape this ruling, no matter what religion or stance that they proclaim. Simply said, if we are an enemy of Islam, it is ok with Allah to crucify any of us on sight. Hamas aggravated and agitated Israel settlers into this present day war.
On the favorable side:
Mona Charen defended Palin against McCain campaign gossip at Townhall.com:
Who really believes that she didn't know Africa is a continent? Puh-leeeze! People know that insiders engage in this kind of blame shifting all the time. If Sarah Palin spends the next couple of years using her obvious smarts to bone up on national and international issues, she will be fine. She has a rare combination of charisma, the common touch, and firm values.
It would be self-defeating for the Republican Party to toss her aside just because she debuted on the national stage too early.
Michelle Malkin did likewise on the same conservative website:
Let's assume for a moment that the McCain rumormongers are telling the truth about Palin (and I don't believe they are). Who would it damn more: Palin, or McCain and his vetters, who greenlighted her for the vice presidential nomination? Don't need a fancy Ivy League degree to figure that one out.
Hollywood savaged Palin. Journalists mocked her. Liberal blogs slimed her. Opponents cursed her, Photoshopped her, hacked her e-mail, hanged her in effigy, called her bigot, Bible-thumper and bimbo, and attacked her husband and children. But nothing Palin endured during the election season compares to the treatment she's receiving from these backstabbing blabbermouths who worked on the same campaign she poured herself into over the last three months.
Karin Agness, president of the Network of Enlightened Women, gives two thumbs up to Todd Palin's performance as candidate's spouse:
He was "Manliness in Action," she wrote.
Todd Palin appeared on the campaign trail as a guy’s guy, a manly man, in all the right ways. He is manliness in action. He is tough, yet gentle. He is a champion snowmobile racer, even finishing a 400 mile race this year with a broken arm. He seamlessly weaves between the oil fields, commercial fishing waters and a home full of children. Through it all, he looks at his wife with glowing adoration.
Todd Palin, who Alaskans know as the First Dude, is so natural in his role as a male spouse to a female candidate that he was one of the least criticized aspects of Sarah Palin’s Vice Presidential run. There were not endless stories printed about his dress, hair, speeches or parenting.
Sarah Palin has become one of the most powerful women in America without neutering her husband. He is still a guy.
Over at slate.com, conservatives were more critical.
Tucker Carlson apparently wasn't impressed with Palin's - um - verbal skills. On Slate's forum, The Conservative Crackup, he wrote:
After the (Republican) party has settled on what it believes, it ought to go shopping for a leader. I recommend someone who speaks fluent English. This matters, it turns out, and not just for aesthetic reasons. In a democracy, eloquence is a basic condition of leadership. A president has a moral as well as a political obligation to explain his program. His constitutional powers are limited to just a few (war, the veto). His real authority comes from persuasion.
It helps if you can talk.
Kathleen Parker didn't succumb to Palin's "folksy charm":
Palin whipped up crowds, winking her way through attacks against Obama that telegraphed, "He's not one of us." We saw the cackling white man toting an Obama monkey to a rally and listened slack-jawed as country singer Gretchen Wilson belted out "Redneck Woman" while Palin clapped and lip-synched her favorite song...............continued
GALLUP POLL: Alaska governor is a strong second behind Clinton. Guess what! Palin even beats the mighty Oprah! By DAVID LIGHTMAN Published: December 28th, 2008 12:43 AM WASHINGTON -- Another big win for President-elect Barack Obama: He dethroned President George W. Bush as the nation's most-admired man this year in spectacular fashion.
Last Modified: December 28th, 2008 01:15 AM
GALLUP POLL: Alaska governor is a strong second behind Clinton.
Guess what! Palin even beats the mighty Oprah!
By DAVID LIGHTMAN
Published: December 28th, 2008 12:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- Another big win for President-elect Barack Obama: He dethroned President George W. Bush as the nation's most-admired man this year in spectacular fashion.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Sky News that he would not rule out widening the offensive in the Gaza Strip to include a ground invasion.
A fabled New Orleans streetcar dodges snowflakes
on December 11 on Canal Street near South Claiborne Avenue.
Eliot Kamenitz, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Whatever Happened to Global Warming? Winter officially arrived with Sunday’s solstice. But for many Americans, frigid January-like conditions have prevailed for weeks.
Because we could sure use some of it right about now.
By Deroy Murdock
Christmas and Hanukkah travelers are delayed if not stranded at airports on the northwest and northeast coasts. Snow clogs runways, and ice coats airplane wing flaps as Americans wait extra hours and days to reach their loved ones.
Winter officially arrived with Sunday’s solstice. But for many Americans, frigid January-like conditions have prevailed for weeks.
It might be nice to live in a pretty villa in southern Germany for around $1.23 a month. Jakob "The Rich" built this villa about 500 years ago for the indigent. There is another catch: you must be willing to pray for the Fugger family-all of them. Say One Our Father, One Hail Mary, and the Apostles Creed. After that, you are good to go, and have fullfilled your obligation to the Fuggers.
AUGSBURG, Germany -- Every day, retired florist Rita Wunderle prays for the souls of bankers.
Despite daily headlines about banker-fueled economic crisis and an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme, her 145 neighbors pray, too.
Mrs. Wunderle lives in the Fuggerei, a Roman Catholic housing settlement for the poor that Jakob Fugger "The Rich" built in this southern German city nearly 500 years ago. Praying for Mr. Fugger and his descendants to enter the Pearly Gates is a condition for living here, at an annual rent of 1 Rhein guilder, the same as in 1520. In today's money, that's 88 euro cents, or about $1.23. continued
With so many reports estimating the wealth of Caroline Kennedy (some as high as $400 million) and her reluctance to answer questions, has begun a build-up of backlash among many New Yorkers.
Slate has a great article on St.Joseph in their fath based section. Joseph still brings up a few issues that traditionally made Catholics a little uncomfortable: namely the Virgin Mary and her husband,Joseph. A lot of us growing up Catholic wondered if Mary was a perpetutal Virgin, how could she have had sex with Joseph, or did she? This is an important question if you are Catholic and wondering about virginity and Mary. Is that why the medieval paintings of Joseph most always had him portrayed with white hair and looking old and fatherly?
Christmas cards tend to fall into three categories: the family card (cheerful children in red and green sweaters), the secular card (snowmen, snowflakes, snowy villages), and the religious card. The religious card usually bears a portrait of the Virgin Mary gazing beatifically at the crib of her newborn son, Jesus. Behind her, the picture is just as some of the Gospels describe: shepherds, animals, maybe even the three wise men, though they actually were late on the scene.
Elizabeth Benjamin writes in "The Daily Politics" from The New York Daily News, that Andrew Cuomo says he is quite happy being attorney general. In addition, he says that he is not actively campaigning, and will not discuss any conversation he has had with Gov.Paterson concerning Hillary Clinton's senate seat. Coumo went on to say he admired Caroline Kennedy, but stayed away from saying anything negative about Kennedy's qualifications. Cuomo did remark he thought alot of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand because he had worked with her at HUD, and also Rep.Carolyn Maloney who supported him in his run for Atty. General. Cuomo would not comment on Rep. Ackerman's description of Caroline Kennedy being "palin-ized" by her detractors.
Two unfortunate things come to my mind about Cuomo: 1) Andrew Cuomo has had it hard in not knowing if Paterson wants any active campaigning, and 2) His ex-wife,Kerry Kennedy, openly campaigns for Caroline.
It is a shame that Caroline Kennedy's candidacy for the appointment is being described as "Palin-ized." The fact that we understand what "palin-ized"even means shows how bad Gov.Palin was treated during her run for Vice-President. Kennedy has been criticized from the "lack of experience" issue, but in no way has she received the degrading treatment Sarah Palin was subjected to and continues to receive...TRedwine
source: Elizabeth Benjamin, "The Daily Politics"
Perhaps Stephen Maloney is correct in his reasoning of why "nobama" bloggers had such little effect on the election. American voters were not listening, and did not want to keep up with the extremely complicated issues surrounding Tony Rezko, Khalidi, William Ayers etc. With the media promoting Obama and participating,if not leading, in the aspersions cast against opposing candidates, all needs to now be reaccessed. Joan Swirsky gives an excellent examination of these issues in her article for "The New Media Journal" .
"Monsieur Cuvier investigates between my legs, poking, prodding . . . "
"Monsieur Cuvier investigates between my legs, poking, prodding . . . "
"Since my own genitals are public I have made other parts private."
‘See the USA in your Chevrolet!” trilled Dinah Shore week after week on TV.
GM now has a valuation about a third of Bed, Bath And Beyond, and no one says your Swash 700 Elongated Biscuit Toilet Seat Bidet is too big to fail. GM has a market capitalization of just over two billion dollars. For purposes of comparison, Toyota’s market cap is one hundred billion and change (the change being bigger than the whole of GM). General Motors, like the other two geezers of the Old Three, is a vast retirement home with a small loss-making auto subsidiary. The UAW is the AARP in an Edsel: It has three times as many retirees and widows as “workers” (I use the term loosely). GM has 96,000 employees but provides health benefits to a million people...continued
By Hans Vogel Obama may have been elected president, but the man remains a mystery. There are still so many unanswered questions: “Is there a real Obama?” “Is he at all an American citizen?” “How will he save America?” “Can he save America?” “What will the promised change look like?” There is no end to speculations about the man's true character and the kind of policies he is likely to pursue.
Obama: Dark Times Ahead
"... Like the Hawaiian he is, Obama has been surfing on a wave crest of hidden racism..."
By Hans Vogel
Obama may have been elected president, but the man remains a mystery. There are still so many unanswered questions:
“Is there a real Obama?”
“Is he at all an American citizen?”
“How will he save America?”
“Can he save America?”
“What will the promised change look like?”
There is no end to speculations about the man's true character and the kind of policies he is likely to pursue.
Michael Myers, an aide for Ted Kennedy, has been the spokesman for the both Ted and Caroline Kennedy with the labor unions. This is largely so that Ted Kennedy doesn't appear to be pressuring union leaders on behalf of Caroline. No one is more respected by the unions than Ted Kennedy, so it goes without saying that Myers requests carry a lot of weight.
Kennedy Brand Leaves Cuomo Feeling Stymied by Danny Hakim and Raymond Hernandez
|Obama short on Southerners in Cabinet appointments|
|Dec 19 03:33 PM US/Eastern|
By BEN EVANS
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The South may have inched toward Democrats in November, but that progress isn't showing in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet selections.
Obama hasn't nominated a single Southerner among his 15 Cabinet secretaries. So far, Obama's only pick from the region is a borderline Southerner in a relatively low-profile position: former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk for U.S. trade representative.
The disparity isn't an accident—critics already are calling it a snub—and that perception could slow the pace of recent electoral gains Democrats have made below the Mason-Dixon line.
"Southerners need not apply," said Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. "It's hard to believe that there wasn't anybody qualified for something from the South."
The South accounted for nearly half of the 22 states Obama lost to Republican John McCain on Election Day. Still, Obama won surprise victories in North Carolina and Virginia. Democrats also won key congressional races in other Southern states, including Alabama and Mississippi, renewing hopes that the party can spread its success if it pays closer attention to the region.
Obama's most recent Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton of Arkansas, did that in part by littering his Cabinet with fellow Southerners and mobilizing them to promote the party's agenda in the region.
Obama's appointments could leave him without a high-profile Southern surrogate, not just for his own re-election bid but also the midterm elections in 2010, which could prove critical for his agenda.
Dan Carter, a political historian at the University of South Carolina, said the shortage of Southerners among top White House aides is highly unusual and could invite criticism. Presidents dating back to at least Dwight Eisenhower have had at least one Cabinet secretary from the South.
"I'm sure some people will say that despite all the talk of trying to appeal to the South and running a 50-state strategy, (Obama's) certainly not rewarding it," Carter said.
The media is frothing with the gossipy news of Sherry Johnston, mother of Levi, the fianc'e of Bristol Palin.
How many jokes about Sarah Palin do you think you could find on state emails from employees anywhere in the U.S.? Geoffrey Dunn, at Huffington Post, seems to think Sarah Palin is behind the racist jokes floating around about Obama in the emails of Alaska employees. This guy must need his fix for "Palin-Piling". Yet we don't deal with fact at Huffington. As in any workplace, you will find e-mails filled with political jokes on any matter. Web sites are restricted for most state employees, forcing them to send e-mails with the latest funnies. It is an issue everywhere, and you find this goof-off behavior in the state and in the private sector on a second by second basis.