Mar 152009

Katie Couric of CBS News won the Walter Cronkite Award for her series of interviews with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Here’s a video of the complete interviews… (Fair warning: conservatives may find this video painful to watch.)

I’m hoping the Republicans will run Mrs. Palin as their 2012 presidential candidate. I really, really am. It would definitely be fun (to say the least).

Jan 152009

It has been a long time coming and I have to confess that I am savoring every moment. Ann Compton of ABC News reports:

Over the next 36 hours, White House staffers will go through the behind-the-scenes business of turning in their hard passes, coded lapel pins, “flip-top” fancy White House IDs in leather folders, blackberries, cellphones, and security clearances.

At 9:00 p.m. Friday, the highest-level staffers will turn in their gear; and the West Wing will become a ghost town.

Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, Counselor Ed Gillespie, and Press Secy Dana Perino are the senior staffers who will remain here, on standby. Monday is a federal holiday so the White House would be closed anyway. On Tuesday, Special Agent Donald White of the U.S. Secret Service will shadow President Bush, sit in the customary front “shotgun” seat of the limousine, and guard the President until noon. At 12:01, Agent White steps over to a position behind Barack Obama.

[Former] President and Mrs. Bush will helicopter to Andrews Air Force Base after the swearing-in (they do not remain on Capitol Hill for the luncheon); the Cheneys drive to Andrews. At 1:20 pm, the former President will speak (no cameras) to hundreds of loyal friends invited to come out to a hangar at Andrews for the send-off. A handful of these friends have been invited to fly on what can can no longer be called Air Force One (it’s only Air Force One when it ferries the President) to Midland, Texas.

Why Midland? If the Bushes were going to their “ranch” in Crawford, the airplane would be landing in Waco as it usually does. Midland is nowhere near Crawford. Of course, now that the “Texas cowboy” image is no longer politically expedient (it got him elected twice), George W. Bush is abandoning it anyway. He and Laura are moving into their mini-mansion in the exclusive Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas (just a few miles, yet a world away from the neighborhood your humble editor calls home). The local news reported today that an 8,000 square foot office in a high-rise office building in Dallas is being prepared for Mr. Bush’s use. What use will he possibly have for an 8,000 square foot office? (Ten year lease, $311,000 per year. Paid for, by the way, with our tax dollars.)

Why can’t he just go to Alaska and keep Sarah company? The two of them would get along magnificently. You would be hard pressed to find two people better matched intellectually.

Jan 082009

Congress officially declares Obama next president

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama is officially the next president of the United States, Congress declared Thursday in fulfilling its centuries-old constitutional duty to certify and tally the electoral college vote from each state.

Republicans joined Democrats in a standing ovation as Vice President Dick Cheney, in his role as speaker of the Senate, announced from the podium that Obama had achieved a majority of votes and would be the 44th president on Jan. 20.

Speaking before a joint session of the House and Senate, Cheney confirmed the results of the Nov. 4 election, that Obama and next Vice President Joe Biden had received 365 electoral votes while the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin garnered 173 votes.


Dec 082008

The Supreme Court has declined to even consider the claims of the extremist right wing that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States and therefore not eligible to serve as our President. So, here is how this thing is going to play out: One week from today, on December 15, the Electoral College will meet and officially elect Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States. Then, on Monday the 5th of January, 2009, the Senate will open and count the votes of the Electoral College and officially certify that Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States. At noon Eastern time on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the Oath of Office to Barack Obama and Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States of America.

The Republicans will continue to whine, moan and complain for the next four (or, most likely, eight) years and will do everything they can to obstruct and annoy the 44th President of the United States and the members of his administration.

That is how it will play out.

Anyway, here is the AP story from this morning announcing the the Supreme Court found no merit in the ridiculous claims of the extremist righties…

Court: No review of Obama’s eligibility to serve

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.

The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election.

Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth – his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject – he cannot possibly be a “natural born citizen,” one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.

At least one other appeal over Obama’s citizenship remains at the court. Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Pa., argues that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as Obama says and the Hawaii secretary of state has confirmed.

Berg says Obama also may be a citizen of Indonesia, where he lived as a boy. Federal courts in Pennsylvania have dismissed Berg’s lawsuit. Federal courts in Ohio and Washington state have rejected similar lawsuits.

Allegations raised on the Internet say the birth certificate, showing that Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961, is a fake.

But state officials in Hawaii say they checked health department records and have determined there’s no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii.

The nonpartisan Web site examined the original document and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine document.

In addition, reproduced an announcement of Obama’s birth, including his parents’ address in Honolulu, that was published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961.

Palin style

 Posted by at 22:23  Election 2008, Politics, Republicans
Dec 052008

At a time when many people are having trouble scraping together fifteen bucks for a trip to Supercuts, this report is simply amazing…

McCain Campaign Spent $110,000 on Palin’s Stylists


Gov. Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist was paid $68,400 and her hair stylist received more than $42,000 for roughly two months of work, according to a new campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Ms. Palin’s makeup artist, Amy Strozzi — who was nominated for an Emmy award for her cosmetics work on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance?” — was paid $32,400 by Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign between Oct. 16 and Nov. 24, the period covered by the most recent reports filed with the commission.

This amount came on top of the $36,000 she had already been paid in previous reports, dating back to September.

In addition, Ms. Palin’s traveling hair stylist, Angela Lew, was paid a total of $42,225, with $23,400 coming during the period covered by the latest reports to the commission, which were due at midnight on Thursday.

This, of course, was in addition to the more than $150,000 the Republicans spent on clothing and accessories for Mrs. Palin and her family.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am hoping the Republicans run this airhead again in 2012. I pray she has a big, big future within the Republican party. Please, my Republican friends, make it so! In a CNN survery released today, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee top the Republican wish list for 2012. Wow. Talk about a dream team… for the Democrats. Repeat after me, Republicans: Huckabee and Palin in two thousand twelve!

P.S. Remember the screams of indignation that emanated from the right when John Edwards paid $400 for a haircut? Kind of pales in comparison, doesn’t it?

Also see: “3 Palin Stylists Cost Campaign More Than $165,000.”

Dec 052008

The Supreme Court is deciding today whether or not to hear the right wing’s sour grapes claim that President-Elect Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States and therefore is not eligible to serve as our president. This has got many right wing bloggers all excited and hot. I don’t know if they’re thinking that somehow Johnny McCain and Sarah Palin are magically going to be declared the winners of last month’s election or what but a bunch of them are sure acting like Christmas has come early this year.

ABC News Correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg turns the garden hose on their festivities…

—There is nothing unusual about a bizarre, meritless case reaching the Supreme Court. The Court gets more than 10,000 petitions a year from losing parties in lower courts—many of them repeat requests from prisoners and the like arguing such things as “cruel and unusual punishment” because, oh, they aren’t getting skim milk or because doctors planted computer chips in their dental fillings.

—Often, these cases go first to an individual justice. It is absolutely ROUTINE for the Justice to, as a matter of course, simply refer it on to the full Court. It has nothing to do with how the Justice views the case. Nothing. It’s a matter of procedure.

—Once a petition reaches the Court, it has to either agree to hear it or dispose of it. Review is completely discretionary. Of the 10,000 or so requests it gets every year, the Court agrees to hear only about 80. As a matter of course, it simply disposes of all of these kind of cases at its regularly scheduled conferences.

This case is no different. Justice Thomas has done nothing unusual or different in referring it to the full Court. All of this is routine Supreme Court practice. I see no more chance the Court will grant this case than it would grant the prisoner’s skim milk case.

Sorry, guys and gals. Good luck getting that skim milk. Don’t forget to have the computer chips removed from your dental fillings.

The following video is from MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann broadcast on December 4, 2008…

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Nov 172008

Much like ABC’s Stu Schutzman from New York, I don’t get it.

Senator John McCain and President-Elect Barack Obama
Senator John McCain and President-Elect Barack Obama

Just a couple of weeks ago these two men were engaged in a very nasty and bitter campaign for the presidency of the United States of America. Though Republicans will argue, I believe most astute observers will agree that most of the nastiness and bitterness came from the McCain/Palin side.

If I were President-Elect Barack Obama, neither John McCain nor Sarah Palin would get within ten miles of me without first issuing a very public and very sincere apology. I mean, come on, they literally called our new president a traitor and a pedophile (among other things). They didn’t hint around at it, either. They came right out and said it.

Yet, there were Barack Obama and John McCain sitting there side by side today and smiling and talking as if nothing had happened.

I have mentioned more than once on this blog that I am capable of holding a grudge for a long, long time. I guess John McCain can be thankful that Barack Obama does not share that trait. He’s even talking about putting a Republican or two in his Cabinet, for heavens’ sake. Our new president is a bigger and better man than I. Perhaps that is one reason he is our new president and I am not.

You think?




 Posted by at 21:40  Election 2008, Politics
Nov 142008

This story from the Associated Press caught my eye tonight. I have to ask… Given the campaign that John McCain and Sarah Palin ran, does this really come as a surprise to anybody?

Obama has more threats than other presidents-elect


WASHINGTON (AP) – Threats against a new president historically spike right after an election, but from Maine to Idaho law enforcement officials are seeing more against Barack Obama than ever before. The Secret Service would not comment or provide the number of cases they are investigating. But since the Nov. 4 election, law enforcement officials have seen more potentially threatening writings, Internet postings and other activity directed at Obama than has been seen with any past president-elect, said officials aware of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue of a president’s security is so sensitive.

Earlier this week, the Secret Service looked into the case of a sign posted on a tree in Vay, Idaho, with Obama’s name and the offer of a “free public hanging.” In North Carolina, civil rights officials complained of threatening racist graffiti targeting Obama found in a tunnel near the North Carolina State University campus.

And in a Maine convenience store, an Associated Press reporter saw a sign inviting customers to join a betting pool on when Obama might fall victim to an assassin. The sign solicited $1 entries into “The Osama Obama Shotgun Pool,” saying the money would go to the person picking the date closest to when Obama was attacked. “Let’s hope we have a winner,” said the sign, since taken down.[..]

A law enforcement official who also spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly said that during the campaign there was a spike in anti-Obama rhetoric on the Internet – “a lot of ranting and raving with no capability, credibility or specificity to it.”

If you’ve spent any time surfing right wing weblogs, you can certainly vouch for that last paragraph.

President-elect Obama and Senator McCain will be meeting in Chicago on Monday. Will Senator McCain have his apology in hand?

Also see: “Students chant ‘assassinate Obama’ on school bus.”

Somewhat related and intended to lighten the mood a bit… This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Nov. 13, 2008.

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