29 November 2008
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26 November 2008
Yesterday was the Pajama Wife's last day at her current job. Today will be a day chock full of last minute packing and trips to our local Salvation Army store, as we have much to donate.
One of the (many) other errands on our to-do list is the dropping-off of our high-speed Internet equipment. Yes, it is that time. I must end my love affair with my current Internet connection. Unfortunately, I have no idea when my triumphant return to the blogosphere might be.
What I do know is that Verizon (ugh) is coming to our new home to hook-up our telephone service on December 1st. Apparently, they send your Internet connection kit to you via the USPS, and that can take some time. So, don't look for me to return to posting anytime before Pearl Harbor Day. I don't know what I'm going to do with myself!
When I do return, I will post pictures of the Pajama Family's adventure -- as I will be documenting as much of The Move as possible via photography.
Also, please continue to vote for ThePajamaPundit.com in the 2008 Weblog Awards. See the sidebar for nomination links and information.
I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy some turkey!
25 November 2008
I was thinking of making a T-shirt for John McCain that read:Amazing indeed.I ran for President in 2008 against an African-American liberal who was accused of being a Muslim in a time of war against Extremist-Muslims, who had meetings with terrorists, whose preacher made anti-American comments, whose wife made some anti-American comments and all I got was this T-shirt.Sitting back and reflecting on what we went through in 2008 with this election, isn't it amazing that it seemed all the cards were stacked against a democratic ticket winning the election and they did so with ease? I mean Republicans had less on John Kerry and look how they dismantled him? Amazing what 4 years can do...
GREAT IDEA!!Pass it on.
When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.
When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20307-5001
If you approve, please pass it on.
UPDATE: See the investigative commenter here.
Ted Kaufman, a longtime aide to Joe Biden, will be appointed by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to fill the vacancy created by the vice president-elect once he resigns from the Senate.Now, I'm not saying that Beau would be a bad choice for Joe's seat in the U.S. Senate. I'm merely arguing that a candidate should be elected based on the merits of their character and experience -- not on their surname.
Kaufman is seen as a caretaker pick -- almost certain to serve for two years and then make way for Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, to be the Democratic nominee when a special election is held in 2010 for the remaining four years of Joe Biden's term. (Beau Biden is currently on a year-long stint with the Delaware National Guard in Iraq).
Kaufman himself said he would not serve more than two years during a press conference announcing his pick today.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, less than a week after indicating he would let the Obama administration decide how to use the second half of the $700 billion financial fund, is considering asking for the money.Ummm... excuse me? I'm starting to wonder if anyone in Washington, D.C. knows what the f**k is going on...
[Daily Beast] It’s hard to think of anyone who had a bigger year, other than Barack.What a great name...
[Jack McBrayer] Obviously, her Sarah Palin thing was huge. It gave Tina more attention, and us more attention. She took one for the team. It did everyone good, except Sarah Palin. Funny story: I was at a party shortly after the election, and Salman Rushdie comes up to me and says [adopting an imperialist British accent with a Southern twang], “I am such a fan of the show. I am such a fan of Tina Fey. Please tell Tina that I think she deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor for swaying the Americans.” I told her after and she said, “Did you hear the gunshots? I think there’s a fatwa on me now.”
[DB] I wonder if Sarah Palin goes to bed every night thinking, “If only that woman didn’t look like me...”
[JM] Honestly, she’s probably grinning through her teeth and thinking, “I wanna kill her.” If Palin invites her on a “hunting” trip, someone might have to step in.
The Cold War rhetoric continued with the Kremlin blaming the United States for the global financial crisis.Duck and cover people.
"Russia has warned many times of the potentially negative situation that had built up in the American financial system, and that has now transformed into a full-scale international financial crisis," Medvedev said.
Moscow has pursued close ties with countries like Venezuela and has even sent warships to the Caribbean for joint naval exercises.
The latest from President Medvedev is a threat to deploy missiles on the border with Poland as a response to the U.S. missile-defense program in eastern Europe. It is the first time in decades that Russia's leader has officially announced his readiness to target a NATO country with tactical weapons.
"The Iskander missile system will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region in order to neutralize, if necessary, the missile defense system," he said.
In the Travel and Entertainment category, you will find that fewer requests to eat in restaurants will be approved, and requests for desserts in restaurants, particularly, will not be approved (unless they are included in the cost of a kid’s meal). In the case of Cabot’s or The Cheesecake Factory, where ice cream or cheesecake, respectively, is kind of the point, sharing is strongly encouraged. An additional benefit of this will be improved health. Netflix has been put on hold for 90 days, and we will reconsider that offering then; unopened red envelopes left on top of the TV indicate a lack of demand at present. Newspaper and magazine subscriptions are subject to elimination as well. Executives, including myself, are being asked to purchase regular coffee in place of more expensive coffee drinks while traveling, and to utilize meals from our on-site food service provider whenever possible.Everyone is feeling the crunch. Especially my OIP (a local pizza joint). Mmmm.... stromboli.
All major vacations, home improvements, and furniture purchases are temporarily put on hold, unless essential. Pre-approved food and clothing purchases can continue as needed and may be subject to increased budget scrutiny.
Lastly, note that we have no plans to add human resources. Requests for non-human resources (i.e., pets) may be considered in a future fiscal year.
24 November 2008
It appears that Sean Hannity needs to find a new whipping boy:
FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Alan Colmes will relinquish his role as co-host of Hannity & Colmes at the end of the year....and he's such a dick that I could no longer stand to sit next to him.
In announcing his decision, Colmes said, “I approached Bill Shine (FNC’s Senior Vice President of Programming) earlier this year about wanting to move on after 12 years to develop new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network. Although it’s bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I’m proud that both Sean (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years.”
Photo: Matthew Kratheim
Between that and wiping down and cleaning every surface that my children have touched since we've lived here, the Pajama Wife and I have our work cut out for us.
Four days until the move. Yikes.
Oh, and I watched president-elect Obama speak at noon today. The guy just looks presidential...
The U.S. government is prepared to provide more than $7.76 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers after guaranteeing $306 billion of Citigroup Inc. debt yesterday. The pledges, amounting to half the value of everything produced in the nation last year, are intended to rescue the financial system after the credit markets seized up 15 months ago.As he said in his e-mail, "just freakin' wow". Indeed.
23 November 2008
22 November 2008
[Universal Studios] has signed a deal with the estate of [The Bourne Identity] author Robert Ludlum (who died in 2001) that gives them exclusive rights to the character and first look at other Ludlum novels.The movies have nearly nothing to do with the plot-lines from the books. However, the movies are very good on their own. I love the character, so seeing more story lines play out -- in print and on-screen -- is just fine with me!
Initially intended to be a trilogy, there is now a fourth Bourne film in development. Matt Damon is reprising his role as the super-skilled former spy, whilst Paul Greengrass will again direct. The film will hit screens in summer 2010.
21 November 2008
There's a lot of buzz about this video today. It seems to me that it's no big deal. How many of us sit around on Thanksgiving Day and eat a large bird that was slaughtered in a very similar way? I would guess that most of us do. So what's the big deal?
To me, the fact that Governor Palin didn't want a different shot strikes me as the bizarre twist in this story. She probably should have opted for a less-graphic backdrop. Who's running her PR anyway?
And why did that guy keep turning around and smiling? Weird.
Question: What the hell is he supposed to do? Honestly Joe? If I know my Constitution, the 20th Amendment states that:
The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January...In this case, that would be the 20th day of January, 2009. There can only be ONE president (and Highlander) at a time. I think that it would be exceedingly disrespectful to George W. Bush if Barack Obama were to jump in and start making public statements and policy maneuvers.
I don't like Bush or his policies, but I love me some Constitution and feel that it should be honored.
So Joe, what's Obama supposed to be doing? If he were getting involved, you and other conservatives would likely be up-in-arms about how disrespectful it would be to the sitting president.
In other news, only six days until my move. We've sold an electric clothes dryer, an upright piano, a queen-sized mattress and box-spring, and our 'spare' couch. All of that will work wonders for my back on moving day -- and save space on the U-Haul. Awesome.
Depressing. I just packed away my stereo and speakers -- although I don't have a box big enough to house my satellite sub woofer (haha... Bill). Suggestions?
20 November 2008
I know, I know... NERD!
Anyway, here's proof that we are packing up the house. This used to be our dining room:
Yeah. That's how I roll.
Countdown: 7 days until the move.
19 November 2008
In al-Qaida's first response to Obama's victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect -- along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice -- "house negroes."I mean, these guys are some serious douchebags after all...
Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri uses the term "abeed al-beit," which literally translates as "house slaves." But al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of his speech that included the translation as "house negroes."
In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.The rest here.
Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama's appearance on CBS' "Sixty Minutes" on Sunday witnessed the president-elect's unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.
But Mr. Obama's decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.
According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a President who speaks English as if it were his first language.
Obama Loves the 90sGoatees aren't out of style... right?
November 18, 2008 9:26 PM
Eric Holder, Rahm Emanuel, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Greg Craig, Ron Klain, maybe Larry Summers...
I feel like I should grow a goatee, smoke an American Spirit and crank up some Smashing Pumpkins.
Gotta go, "X-Files" is on...
I loved the Pumpkins too, but I was more of a Soundgarden guy.
Via the AFA website:
Let Your "Light" Shine For Christ This Christmas Season!Oh sh*t! Shipping is included? Stop the presses!
Looking for an effective way to express your Christian faith this Christmas season to honor our Lord Jesus? Now you can.... with the "Original Christmas Cross" yard decoration.
Light up your front yard, porch, patio, driveway, business, organization or church this holiday season with a stunning Christmas cross.
This beautiful Christmas Cross is 5.5 feet tall, with 210 individual ultra bright lights.
SHIPPING IS INCLUDED!
Seriously. I'm not going to criticize how people celebrate Christmas. You can put the most cliche ornaments in your yard and on your house -- knock yourself out. BUT... this cross looks a bit familiar, no?
Maybe next year the AFA will decide to go with a yard decoration that invokes -- albeit unintentionally -- a little bit less fear and anger.
Head nod: Dish
According to a press release from the American Independent Party, former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and other members of the party have filed suit in California Superior Court in Sacramento to stop the state from giving its electoral votes to President-elect Barack Obama until documentary evidence is provided to prove Obama is indeed a natural born citizen of the United States.
IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.
Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
What I found extremely interesting about this story is not that Stevens may/will lose his U.S. Senate seat. Rather, it's that we share the same date-of-birth: November 18th.
Well, I had a good birthday -- even if Senator Stevens didn't.
PS: Thanks to everyone for the 'happy birthday' notes. I had a great day -- except for a looming cold. *sniffle*
18 November 2008
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On one hand, American auto-makers dropped the f**kin' ball by catering to the gas-guzzling, 22-inch-rim-having SUV crowd. Back in the 1990s -- when gas was A LOT cheaper -- filling a 30 gallon fuel tank on a Chevy Suburban wasn't a big deal. Now it is. Every car dealership I pass along Route 15 has triple-markdowns on SUVs and large trucks. They can barely GIVE these things away.
And yet for several years, that seemed to be what everyone was buying.
Also, the auto-industry lobbyists were all trying to lower cafe standards for production of vehicles. In the meantime, Japanese car makers were developing hybrid technology that is now spanking the American-made competition.
On the flip side of the coin, a bailout might help keep the 'Big Three' afloat long enough to kick in the ingenuity that Americans pride ourselves in and develop a car that goes 100 miles without a drop of gas. In addition, letting three GI-normous companies go bankrupt would likely smack the crap out of our economy. Just a bit.
Honestly, I'm leaning against a bailout (partially because there is already a $25 billion loan for American auto-makers out there), but I'm looking for some discussion on the topic.
Democrats in Congress have allowed Joe Lieberman to hold onto his powerful chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee in a secret ballot vote.More:
Lieberman said he regretted some of his comments regarding President-elect Obama during the campaign trail, or that he would have liked to have made them more clearly.
Democrat Al Franken’s (Minn.) campaign filed a brief with Minnesota’s Board of Canvassers Monday seeking to have the organization in charge of certifying the election include some disqualified provisional and absentee ballots in the vote totals. “There are, of course, legitimate reasons to reject absentee ballots,” said Franken spokesman Andy Barr in a conference call with reporters. “But it is clear that there are some absentee ballots that have been rejected in error. Those votes should be counted.”
The Franken campaign said they expected their campaign and the Coleman campaign to have an opportunity to present arguments before the board at 1 p.m. tomorrow, but opened the door to a federal challenge to the election results should the board decide against them. Barr refused to give an exact estimate of how many previously excluded ballots may be added to the tally, but said he believed it to be in the “hundreds.” “If it [certification] were to move forward…it would be a problem under Minnesota state law and under the United States Constitution,” Franken campaign attorney Marc Elias said.
For the record, I don't think it will happen. Why?
The Obama transition team is focused on the wide array of Mr. Clinton’s postpresidential activities, some details of which have not been made public. This list includes the identity of most of the donors to his foundation, the source of some of his speaking fees — he has earned as much as $425,000 for a one-hour speech — and his work for the billionaire investor Ronald W. Burkle.If Hillary Clinton really wants the job, she and her husband (who happens to be a former president) will have to disclose a bunch of information that they likely won't want to reaveal. Maybe they will do it -- but I just don't see that happening.
The vetting of Mr. Clinton’s myriad philanthropic and business dealings is “complicated, and it may be the complications that are causing hesitation on both sides,” said Abner J. Mikva, one of Mr. Obama’s closest supporters and a White House counsel during the Clinton administration. “There would have to be full disclosure as to who all were contributors to his library and foundation. I think they’d have to be made public.”
Friday: Long trip to Philadelphia (sorry Diddy), followed by a long -- but enjoyable -- evening at the Please Touch Museum. If you have kids and live anywhere within a couple hours' drive of Philly, it'll be worth your trip. Some images (click to enlarge):
At the 'grocery store':
Delivering the mail:
Tons of stuff to do with the kids. Some of it a little messy, all of it a lot of fun.
The only problem is/was that both of my kids have colds. Normally, that is a minor issue, but seeing as how we spent the night in Philadelphia in a hotel -- all of us in the same room -- I received very little sleep. Despite being exhausted from our days' activities, I could not rest due to the constant coughing, hacking and wheezing from my children. Ugh.
Saturday: After having had very little sleep, the family woke up and hit the road. We stopped at the Cracker Barrel in Harrisburg (mmm... pancakes) and then continued on our way home.We were back in the 'T' by lunchtime -- to find that the Pajama Father and Brother are waiting to take me out for and early-birthday-movie-and-dinner (Bond and Damon's). Sweet. If you haven't seen Quantum of Solace, it's well worth your money. I have been anticipating this flick for months -- and it was SOOO worth it. Casino Royale was a really great movie, and QoS picks up right where Royale left off. If I have time later this week, I might even type-up a movie review for it.
Sunday and Monday: Packing. Boxes, boxes and more boxes. Seriously. Between the Pajama Wife and myself, I think that we're doing a great job packing up the house. The problem is that our staging areas (rooms that we've designated for keeping our packed belongings until 'move-day') are getting pretty full. I will be the first to admit that I am excited about our move -- but packing definitely does NOT excite me. The PJ Wife took yesterday off to continue to work around the house (she has also taken next Monday too). This is the sad explanation for my lack of posts yesterday.
The extremely GOOD news is that we have crunched the numbers and, despite a pay-cut, we will still be able to afford high-speed Internet in our new town. This means all the Pajama Pundit that you can sink your teeth into. Yay.
So, that about brings you up to speed. I had a great extended weekend -- and I hope that things continue to go smoothly with the move. As always, I will keep you all posted.
It's one of those programs/laws that originally had a great benefit (like the unions in America) but has now gone to the point of limiting free speech. I am a free market person. If a radio station is making money through advertising to put on the air shows like Rush, Sean, Bill O, Levin, Beck, etc...I dont understand why the government would make stations like this put Franken back on the air.
Prime example - Air America was tried. It failed. If George Soros hadn't pumped boatloads of money into it...it would've failed even earlier. Rush and Sean and others have made a lot of money developing a political program that attracts millions of listeners. Why is the government's role then to make stations put someone on their station that listeners either don't want or would cause them to lose revenue. All in the name of "fairness".
I know PJ is a big free speech advocate...so I am curious as to his and others reply. My simple theory is this - if radio stations want to offer a balanced approach...let them. BUT it's a business and if putting Alan Colmes on the air will cause them to lose revenue in the name of "fairness"...who benefits from this?
It's called the off button. If you dont want to listen to it...turn it off. This is why I dont put MSNBC on my TV.
17 November 2008
The draft approved Sunday requires coalition forces to withdraw from Iraqi cities and towns by the summer of 2009 and from the country by the end of 2011. An earlier version had language giving some flexibility to that deadline, with both sides discussing timetables and timelines for withdrawal, but the Iraqis managed to have the deadline set in stone, a significant negotiating victory. The United States has around 150,000 troops in Iraq.I'm beginning to think that they want us out of their country, no?
15 November 2008
14 November 2008
...things are so bad and these people can't figure out how to fix it.
The global economy may be undergoing a significant downturn, but the White House's dinner budget still appears flush with cash.
After all, world leaders who are in town to discuss the economic crisis are set to dine in style Friday night while sipping wine listed at nearly $500 a bottle.
According to the White House, tonight's dinner to kick off the G-20 summit includes such dishes as "Fruitwood-smoked Quail," "Thyme-roasted Rack of Lamb," and "Tomato, Fennel and Eggplant Fondue Chanterelle Jus."
To wash it all down, world leaders will be served Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003, a wine that sells at $499 on Wine.com.
We need a plan that stimulates savings and production not more of the reckless borrowing and consumption that got us into this mess in the first place. Ron Paul's plan is the only one that amounts to a step in the right direction. If you want meaningful change - for the better that is - Ron Paul is the only candidate capable of delivering it.
Kind of an extension from the video I posted late last night. If this guy had the foresight while being laughed at to predict the downfall of the American economy then he probably has the same foresight when it comes to good economic candidates for Congress, the Senate and the White House.
The Pajama Wife and I will be packing ourselves and our two kids into one hotel room for the night. It should make for some interesting stories... stay tuned.
I already feel bad for the hotel staff...
Have a great weekend. More next week.
I like his music, but is this guy for real? Seriously?
It's called humble pie dude. Have a slice.
President-elect Barack Obama is pushing Congress this year to approve as much as $50 billion to save cash-starved U.S. automakers and appoint a czar or board to oversee the companies, a move that would require President George W. Bush's support, people familiar with the matter said.I'm not sure that I want to bail out ANOTHER ailing industry. This is
Obama's economic advisers are now convinced that if General Motors Corp. doesn't get a financial lifeline soon, it will have to file for bankruptcy by the end of January. And if the companies don't get almost $50 billion, Obama will be dealing with the issue again by next summer.
Any czar or board would be patterned after the bailout of Chrysler in 1979 and New York City in 1975. Advisers such as former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers are said to be telling Obama that the cash is urgently needed now.
However, if more bailouts are coming, it is imperative that some serious oversight is involved. This business of giving taxpayers' money to banks and not checking where the funds are going is inexcusable. Heads should already be rolling.
On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain will meet in Chicago at transition headquarters. It's well known that they share an important belief that Americans want and deserve a more effective and efficient government, and will discuss ways to work together to make that a reality. They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel.My guess is that they will have a productive discussion. The election is over (someone tell Sarah Palin please) and John McCain wants the same thing that Barack Obama wants -- a better, safer America. I think that they will work together to meet that end.
"We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you," said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. "Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."
OH BOO HOO! Alone during the holidays? What you got no friends, family? If that's the case...maybe you need to examine why you feel "a little alone".
Here's the thing. Christmas is a religious holiday. The birth of Jesus. It's not cause some fat dude in a red costume snuck into people's houses and left a bunch of free stuff. It's because God sent his only Son to earth in a human form to eventually die on a cross to free us from the bondage of sin. That's it. NO questions asked.
If you don't like it...then here's an idea. Let's not celebrate it. Seperation of church and state right? That means schools should be in session. Work from 9am-5pm should continue. No holiday vacation time. No presents. Get my drift? I wonder how many Americans would go for this? Here's a better idea. Since the AHA doesn't want to celebrate...why don't they all take a stand and not celebrate the holiday. They can do all of the above...go into work for all of us. Why take a vacation day for a holiday you dont want to celebrate?
And another question...what defines what is good or bad to the AHA? At least we religious people have a book that tells us what is right or wrong. What do they have...
13 November 2008
I was actually slammed on this blog by readers for my comments with debating an Economics Professor, like he was somehow defaulted the winner in the debates because he has an economics degree and I don't have mine yet.
Peter Schiff went up against some of the countries most financial savvy people and he has been proven right. This guy needs to run for Congress.
I nearly fell out of my chair when in December of 2007 one of the guys said he thought Washington Mutual was going to do real well.
You know what really grinds my gears?
The Post Office.
What a waste. I say we get rid of it. Private enterprise can definitely take care of our mail. UPS and FedEx are superior businesses that do everything except First Class mail already. But this is a double-shot of gears being ground today...
Here's my story...
I live in a teeny-tiny town in central Pennsylvania (for another two weeks). My post office is literally one block from my house. Now, I don't mind walking down to pick up my mail -- seeing as the office is so close -- but here's my problem: there are no mail carriers who deliver to my neighborhood. In fact, the only mail carriers that are employed by my post office are 'rural route' carriers. Those of us who live within two miles of the office are required to pick up our own mail.
Like I said, I don't mind so much because of my close proximity. But, don't I pay taxes to fund the U.S. Postal Service? Don't these taxes go to pay the salaries of... POSTAL WORKERS (i.e. mail carriers)? What's up with that?
Back on subject....
To be clear, I'm not a guy who constantly ponders the splendorous omniscience of the Free Market. I appreciate capitalism, but recognize that -- if unchecked -- it can get out of hand (I'm looking at you BearStearns, AIG, et al). However, in this case I think the Free Market can help.
The government should put the USPS up for sale. Seriously. Highest bidder gets every post office and distribution center in every municipality. All of the employees of the USPS will become employees of [INSERT COMPANY NAME HERE]. The government makes a pile of money that it can use to pay down the debt that the USPS has accrued (ugh), and [INSERT COMPANY NAME HERE] gets the ability to utilize offices and distribution centers that it likely got for 'a song'.
Or you could divide it all up and sell it off piece by piece. Either way is fine with me.
The bottom line is this: The United States Postal Service is a relic of early America. Our nation no longer needs a centralized mail system -- especially given today's technology. The Pony Express is a remnant of a by-gone era. Why should we continue to pay the government for a service which no less than three major companies already offer?
Like the penny, the USPS has outlived it's usefulness.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 10 percent increase in third-quarter profit Thursday but trimmed its profit outlook because of the troubled global economy and the renewed strength of the dollar.I ain't gonna lie. I shop at my local Wally-World.
Wal-Mart has been one of the few bright spots in a dismal retailing world, as Americans have switched to cheaper stores and focused on necessities. The trend has only intensified since the financial meltdown in September, with Circuit City Stores Inc. filing for bankruptcy protection this week and rival Best Buy Co. saying "seismic" changes in consumer behavior have created "the most difficult climate" the company has ever seen.
Palin was on stage with 13 other Republican governors — all men — who received zero attention from the assembled crowd.I can't wait until the media infatuation/saturation with the Governor From Alaska is over. Is it over yet?
After the third question, an RGA aide tried to end the session but Perry interjected and allowed for a fourth question.
Palin sought to deflect attention from herself and talk about the governors as a group, but all the questions centered on her past and future.
Nine days after the election, the Republican National Committee is no longer interested in being friends with their nominee.'Hey John. Lay down please. Here comes the GOP bus!'
They've filed suit today in courts in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. claiming that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA)'s [more commonly known as the McCain-Feingold bill] ban on soft money donations to parties is unconstitutional.
This isn't one of those arcane debates.
Republican activists, donors, state party chairs, national committee men and women HATED the soft money ban because they (a) well, many of them thought it was unconstitutional but (b) more prosaically, they worried it would give an energized Democratic Party an edge in fundraising and (c) even more pragmatically, the party funded a lot of its stuff with soft money and always had an edge over Democrats.
"The Obamas are like the new Brangelina," says an editor at US Weekly, Albert Lee, explaining why the celebrity magazines keep putting them on the cover.It simply cannot be a good thing...
Now, is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll (D), 78, the first woman elected to that office in Pennsylvania history and widely regarded as a feisty political trailblazer in the state, died yesterday after a battle with a rare form of cancer.
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McCain will join Chambliss at a campaign rally in suburban Atlanta this afternoon. McCain won Georgia's presidential vote 52 percent to 47 percent. President Bush carried the state by 17 points in his 2004 re-election victory.But wait, there's more.
If you are unfamiliar, in 2002 Saxby Chamblis ran a controversial ad in which he put pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden before that of his rival Max Cleland. Cleland is a Vietnam War Veteran and triple-amputee. John McCain reacted thusly:
I'd never seen anything like that ad. Putting pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to the picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield -- it's worse than disgraceful. It's reprehensible.And now he's campaigning for Chambliss. Classy.
Mark Begich made a dramatic comeback Wednesday to overtake Ted Stevens for the lead in Alaska's U.S. Senate race.I still think that it is abso-smurfly insane that Ted Stevens, a man convicted of a felony, could even be as close as he is to winning re-election. But, the fact that Begich is closing in is somewhat reassuring...
Begich, who was losing after election night, now leads Stevens by 814 votes -- 132,196 to 131,382 -- with the state still to count roughly 35,000 more ballots over the next week.
Head nod: Josh Kraushaar
I would argue that Sarah Palin doesn't matter -- any more than Joe the Plumber matters. They were both caricatures of themselves during the campaign, and both should now flit back to their homes and go about their daily business as if none of this ever happened.
However, it seems that -- unlike JtP -- the Palin circus continues:
This deluded and delusional woman still doesn't understand what happened to her; still has no self-awareness; and has never been forced to accept her obvious limitations. She cannot keep even the most trivial story straight; she repeats untruths with a ferocity and calm that is reserved only to the clinically unhinged; she has the educational level of a high school drop-out; and regards ignorance as some kind of achievement. It is excruciating to watch her - but more excruciating to watch those who feel obliged to defend her.Really Andrew, don't hold back. Tell us what you really think:
My point is not to persecute or hound some random person. I wish I had never heard of Sarah Palin. I wish this nightmare had never happened. I wish totally innocent by-standers, like Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston and Heather Bruce and Trig Palin, had not had their lives disrupted by this circus. It's distressing to everyone, which is why most journalists left many aspects of this charade alone. But Palin is claiming vindication, is on every cable show, is at the National Governors Association Conference, and is touted as a future leader of the GOP. There comes a point at which you have to simply call a time out and insist that this farce cease and some basic accountability and transparency be restored to the process. Since no one else seems willing to do so, the Dish will stay on the case.Note to SP: When someone like Andrew Sullivan is 'on the case', you can bet ('you betcha') that as soon as you slip up -- and you will -- that no damage control or slick PR firm will be able to help you.
The good news is that she is now being vetted. Every. Single. Word.
I almost feel bad for her. Almost.
Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters
Seriously though, when it comes to rehabilitating the Republican brand, Tim Pawlenty gets it:
If we're going to be the majority we're going to have to see we need to grow the party. We cannot compete in the Northeast, the West; we're losing seats in the Great Lakes region. We have a large deficit with women, Hispanics, African Americans -- people with modest financial circumstances. That is not a formula for a majority.The question is this: Will the GOP listen to someone like Pawlenty, or will they completely ignore him and chose to listen to Sarah Palin on her Victory Tour?
Biden was a harsh critic of Cheney on the campaign trail. During this year’s vice presidential debate, the Delaware senator said Cheney “has been the most dangerous vice president probably in American history.” Like Obama, Biden reveled in the news that Cheney endorsed McCain in a November 1 speech, helping further their argument that the Republican nominee would be a continuation of the Bush-Cheney administration.
Matthew Whoolery and his wife aren't blaming the school district for what happened on the bus but they do think all parents need to be careful about what they say and teach their children.
Whoolery and his wife couldn't believe it when their second and third graders got off the bus last week and told them what other students were saying.
"They just hadn't heard anything like this before," said Whoolery. "They were chanting on the bus, 'Assassinate Obama. Assassinate Obama.' Then adding in a name sometimes of a classmate on the bus, 'Assassinate Obama and Kate.'"
The Whoolery's explained to their kids what assassinate means then contacted the school about what was happening.
"I think the thing that struck us was just like, 'Where did they get the word and why would they put that word and that person together?'" said Whoolery.
12 November 2008
I'm done for the day. I will leave the blog in the capable hands of B-Diddy (if he decides to post today), as I'm sure he has some opinions that he'd like to unleash upon the masses.
I think that I'm going to take the rest of the afternoon to pack more boxes. Fun stuff.
Finally, the rock star [Obama transition chief John Podesta] took the stage. The wiry former law school professor was in his concert gear: a gray flannel suit and white dress shirt unbuttoned rakishly to reveal the white crew-neck undershirt beneath. For nearly three-quarters of an hour, Podesta regaled his adoring fans with endless variations of his theme song: "When we have something to say about it, we'll let you know."More:
Please tell us, o great Podesta, whether President Obama will have an auto-industry czar. "When we have an announcement about that, we'll raise it."The name of the game: Hurry up and wait.
And what about Obama's Cabinet announcements, great Podesta? "We'll make announcements when we're ready to make them."
The White House staff, pray tell? "Those will come out as they're ready to be announced."
And so it went. Executive orders? "When we have announcements about specific executive orders, we'll make those." Closing Gitmo? "When we have something to say about that, we'll say it as well." Obama's meetings with foreign leaders? "Well, we'll have an announcement about that, but not today."
Not since Ari Fleischer reigned in the White House Briefing Room has a man offered so many variations on the when-we-have-something-to-announce-we'll-announce-it dodge.
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun Tuesday backed away from comparing the policies of President-elect Obama to those of Hitler or a Marxist dictator. …Ah, I love those half-hearted 'I apologize if I offended anyone' non-apology-apologies.
“I regret putting it that way,” Broun told WGAC radio in Augusta. “I apologize to anyone who has taken offense at that.”
Broun acknowledged that he called Obama a Marxist at a Rotary Club meeting in Augusta last week. In an Associated Press interview Monday night, he went further, charging that an Obama campaign proposal for a civilian national security reserve corps would be like the security forces of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.
Geez man, grow a friggin' spine.
A couple of days ago, Wendy from Blogs.com e-mailed me to see if I'd be interested in composing a 'top-ten' list for their site. Being the respectable blogger that I am, I happily obliged.
The result is a list of ten political blogs that I frequent -- but that are not all 'mainstreamy'. Of course I had to include blog-God Andrew Sullivan in my list, but I also gave a shout out to the Viva Chuck Todd crew.
You can check out the rest here.
Thanks to Blogs.com for letting me guest-post.
11 November 2008
- Federal Lobbyists cannot contribute financially to the transition.
- Federal lobbyists are prohibited from any lobbying during their work with the transition.
- If someone has lobbied in the last 12 months, they are prohibited from working in the fields of policy on which they lobbied.
- If someone becomes a lobbyist after working on the Transition, they are prohibited from lobbying the Administration for 12 months on matters on which they worked.
- A gift ban that is aggressive in reducing the influence of special interests.
A behind-the-scenes battle to take the reins of the Republican National Committee is taking off between former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.Head nod: Vast
Neither man will acknowledge his interest in the post, but Republicans close to each are burning up the phone lines and firing off e-mails to fellow party members in an effort to oust RNC Chairman Mike Duncan in the wake of the second consecutive drubbing of Republican candidates at the polls.
In Sarah Palin's interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren this evening, she referred to bloggers as "kids in pajamas sitting in the basement of their parents' homes" spewing out mean and inaccurate things about her.'Kids'? No. 'In pajamas'? Duh. 'Sitting in the basement'? No. '...of their parents' homes'? No. I suppose three-out-of-four ain't bad, right?
Etheridge wrote, "There is a lot I can do with the extra half a million dollars that I will be keeping instead of handing it over to the state of California. "Oh, and I am sure Ellen [DeGeneres] will be a little excited to keep her bazillion bucks that she pays in state taxes too. Wow, Come to think of it, there are quite a few of us fortunate gay folks that will be having some extra cash this year. What recession? We're gay! I am sure there will be a little box on the tax forms now: single, married, divorced, gay. Check here if you are gay. Yeah, that's not so bad. Of course all of the waiters and hairdressers and UPS workers and gym teaches and such, they won't have to pay their taxes either."
HA...I love this. Melissa campaigns heavily for Barack Obama (who is not in favor of gay marriage btw) and his tax increases on those who make over $250K of which Ms. Etheridge makes. But, of course, now refuses to pay taxes (including that increase she voted for) because the voters of her state voted for Proposition 8. Interesting. The voters of her state vote for Barack Obama...great news! The voters of her state vote for Proposition 8...she is no longer a tax paying citizen.
Letterman must be pissed...
The full Democratic caucus will vote on whether Joe Lieberman is allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security committee at its caucus meeting next week...
Retail gasoline prices dipped for a 17th week since July 4, falling below $2 a gallon in a number of states and approaching $1.50 at some service stations.$1.50 a gallon?!?! Not at my gas station Jack. Dammit.
Retail gasoline prices fell overnight to a national average of $2.22 a gallon, dragged down by the falling price of crude, which now costs 60 percent less per barrel than it did in mid-July. The average price for regular unleaded gasoline has fallen nearly 32 percent in the last month.That's still a scoche lower than the prices that I'm seeing. I filled up this morning after picking the Boy up from school. $32.00 even to fill the tank. $2.35 per gallon. I'm not complaining (yes I am), I'm merely saying that I'm not seeing $1.50 for a gallon of regular unleaded.
Are any of you?
MSNBC has voted for four more years of Keith Olbermann and the top-rated "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," it was announced today by Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC. The new four-year agreement calls for Olbermann to continue as host of "Countdown;" additionally, Olbermann will play a prominent role in MSNBC's coverage of all major news events.Afterthought: If I was really cool, I would have spelled 'conservative' with a K or 'kryptonite' with a C...
A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.Wow.
“It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he’s the one who proposed this national security force,” Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. “I’m just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may — may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism.”
On March 7, 2000, the voters of California already decided NO to the recognition of same sex marriage. It wasn't until may of 2008 when the liberal CA Supreme court overruled the will of the people of its state and ruled Prop 22 unconstitutional. So AGAIN...the voters of CA have spoken...and overturned the court's ruling on Nov 4 2008 by passing Proposition 8 which will amend the the state Constitution to restrict marriage to between a man and a woman. For the majority of California and America (remember the 2004 election when every state with the same ballot initiative on their ballot voted the same way?), this was a way to prove that the will of the American people cannot be overturned by the CA supreme court. The common theme here is that the American people are not ready to change what we have understood as marriage for centuries...and this includes a heavily Democratic state like CA.
Homosexual citizens are Americans too. They should have the same civil rights under the law just like you and I. Here's where it gets sticky...should we redefine in our American culture what marriage is? There are Americans who do not believe that homosexuality is a biological condition...like the color of our skin, hair color, etc. There is not a significant amount of biological research that shows that men and women are born homosexual. There are Americans who believe than when you get down to it...sex was not created for the pure enjoyment of man/woman but rather for reproduction...and this cannot occur with homosexual couples. Whatever you believe...it is a culture war (thank you Bill O for the term) between conservative culture and liberal culture. Most moderate thinkers believe homosexual couples should be given civil rights under the law...but they don't want to change what marriage SHOULD BE in America.
Many arguments will be coming on this blog...I can hear them now. What I want to say is that we need to treat every person with tolerance...not hatred. We need to be able to recognize that we can disagree with a lifestyle or a characteristic of someone...and not preach/teach hatred toward them. I, myself, agree with the voters of Prop 8 that marriage should be defined as a union of man and woman. I also believe we can disagree with someone and still show them love as a human being.
I think an interesting note is that when this has topic has been on the ballot...it has been voted that marriage should stay between a man and a woman...and it was a liberal court in CA that caused Prop 8 to even be on the ballot. To those of you out there who think we should call unite around ideas...I am curious to see what you think is the compromise on this issue. I think the conservative side has said "yes let's give homosexual couples rights" despite not agreeing with their lifestyle but we don't want to recognize it as marriage. Where has the liberal side compromised on this issue? I see no stopping until marriage is recognized in every state of the USA...am I correct in thinking that?
Olbie pretty well sums up my thoughts. I was going to write a lengthy monologue -- and I may well yet -- but the gist of my argument is simply, 'Why do you care?' To those who would prevent two people from entering into a loving, committed relationship I simply ask -- 'why?'
UPDATE: I know that this is a controversial issue -- and I'm expecting a rebuttal from B-Diddy at any moment. I would just remind everyone that we should debate viewpoints, opinions and ideas -- without attacking the author of said viewpoints, opinions and ideas. Let's keep it civil.
"If anything, my portrayal of David Palmer, I think, may have helped open the eyes of the American people," said the actor, who has contributed $2,300 to the Illinois Democrat's presidential campaign.7 years later his role comes to life with President-elect Barack Obama. If anyone has seen the new previews for the newest season of 24 you'll see a President-elect Allison Taylor played by Cherry Jones.
"And I mean the American people from across the board -- from the poorest to the richest, every color and creed, every religious base -- to prove the possibility there could be an African-American president, a female president, any type of president that puts the people first," he said Tuesday.
With recent talks all over the internet about prepping Sarah Palin for a Presidential run in 2012 as the renewed face of the failed conservative movement, is 24 predicting well in advance another history making moment? I'm sure that all depends on President-elect Allison Taylor.
Maybe the Mayans were right about the end of the Earth on December 21, 2012. I'd be willing to go all Ostrich and slam my head into a hole in the ground.
10 November 2008
Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman filed papers Monday forming an exploratory committee to run for Virginia governor.Maybe he'll continue to frequent shows like Morning Joe and drink Puerto Rican rum while on-air. Classy.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who rose to national prominence during a failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, will not seek a second term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, clearing the way for a loyalist of President-elect Barack Obama to be named to the soon-to-be vacant post.How about a position in the Obama administration?
The news of Dean's departure after a single four-year term in office was first reported by the Huffington Post's Sam Stein and confirmed to The Fix by a Democratic Party source.
"At this point he has said that he doesn't intend to run again," said a DNC source granted anonymity to speak candidly. "He has said so publicly for a while. He has not said what he will do next."
Any thoughts on an opening for Howard Dean?