I am supposedly “on vacation.” However, I did catch 60 Minutes tonight. I thought it was rather well done (except for the commercials)…
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…
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 Factcheck.org examined the original document and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine document.
In addition, Factcheck.org reproduced an announcement of Obama’s birth, including his parents’ address in Honolulu, that was published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961.
At a time when many people are having trouble scraping together fifteen bucks for a trip to Supercuts, this report is simply amazing…
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.”
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…
Much like ABC’s Stu Schutzman from New York, I don’t get it.
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.
Williams Ayers was a “radical” during the 1960s who, like many others of his generation, opposed the war in Vietnam. He carried his opposition further than most, however, by becoming a member of a group known as the Weather Underground. He is now a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, holding the titles of Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar.
Professor Ayers and Barack Obama live in the same South Chicago neighborhood. Ayers once held a “get acquainted coffee” for Mr. Obama when the latter was just starting his run for the Illinois State Senate. The two men subsequently served together on the same board seeking to improve educational and vocational opportunities in their neighborhood. Somehow, in the minds of many Republicans (and most specifically John McCain and Sarah Palin, who accused Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists”) this translated into the two men being “best friends forever” and intimately sharing their policies and political beliefs. Though the extent of the relationship between these men has been explained time and time again, many on the right still cling to the belief that they share some sort of intimate bond and that Mr. Ayers’ beliefs and past activities are going to have a profound effect on the way Mr. Obama governs as President of the United States.
In an attempt to clarify once and for all the extent of their relationship, Professor Ayers consented to be interviewed by Chris Cuomo on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning. It was most likely a futile attempt, as I am sure the right wingers will continue to cling steadfastly to what they have convinced themselves is the truth.
Some on the left are saying that Mr. Cuomo’s questions were “antagonistic.” I don’t believe they were. I think he was just trying to drive the point home in a way that even right wingers could understand. Well, here, watch the interview for yourself…
I would like to think that this will lay the matter to rest, but it won’t. I’m sure that it will come up again in President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if those who persist in asking the same question over and over again could accept the answer when they are given it over and over again? Once some people’s minds are made up, it seems that they are made up forever.
60 Minute interview with Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Anita Dunn aired on Sunday evening, November 9, 2008:
The only argument I have with what was said would probably be David Plouffe taking credit for the “50 state strategy” that was really Howard Dean’s brain child, not his.
Other than that, good interview.
A few people have left comments here stating that they thought I said that, after the election of Barack Obama, I would no longer be critical of the Republican party or its new darling, Sarah Palin. I think they may have me confused for someone else. President-elect Obama has stressed the need for bipartisanship and has promised to do what he can to work with “the other side.” That’s his promise, not mine. It is probably the first of several issues on which we will disagree.
I laugh when I read those comments or posts on right wing blogs crying out for this so-called bipartisanship. I wonder where these people were between the years 2001 and 2006 when the Republicans were in control of every branch of our federal government. Do they remember Denny Hastert, Tom DeLay, Bill Frist and so many others (not to mention George W. Bush and Dick Cheney)? Where were their cries for bipartisanship then? I certainly did not hear them. You didn’t either.
I have mentioned before on this blog that I am capable of holding a grudge for a long, long time. I am very angry about all the damage that the Republicans have done to our country and our world over the past eight years. I am angry that President-elect Obama is going to have to spend the better part of his first term (if not his entire first term) trying to repair some of that damage. So don’t be leaving your comments here or sending me messages complaining when I post an entry about how inept and imbecilic Sarah Palin is or about how I am not going to forgive Johnny McCain for the nasty and hateful campaign he ran just because he gave a supposedly “good” speech on election night. (Oh, I haven’t written that one yet, have I? Well, I’ve been thinking about it.)
Nope, don’t confuse me for someone who thinks that all should now be forgotten and forgiven. In my view — and remember, this is no way representative of President-elect Obama’s view — the Republicans have not yet begun to pay. They still have a lot of penance to perform. A lot.
And don’t even get me started on Joe
He’s going to come out of this thing much better off than he deserves. Much, much better.
And, finally, because I just cannot seem to look at it often enough:
We kicked ass and (I hope) took names.
It’s all the media’s fault, dontcha know? Those dang reporters violated her first amendment rights by revealing what a bloomin’ idiot she really is.
The following video is from MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, broadcast November 7, 2008…
Sarah Palin: the gift that just keeps on giving.
All she ever wanted was a Diet Dr. Pepper every once in a while. Was that really too much to ask?
Is Mrs. Palin the new face of the Republican party? Gosh, I sure hope so!
Update: Be sure to read “Palin reflects on her run” in the Anchorage Daily News wherein Mrs. Palin informs us that the loss of the Republican presidential ticket was everybody’s fault except hers and John McCain’s.
We should be clear here… Though Sarah Palin definitely contributed to the Republicans’ losses in this election, the brunt of the blame belongs with John McCain and his senior advisers. It was, after all, the MCCAIN campaign.