Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Run Amok!

"Good chance" Obama Administration
to Prosecute Bush Administration
Officials for "War Crimes"

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  January 5th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—There is a "good chance" that special counsel John Durham will recommend prosecuting Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Bush Administration officials for torture and other war crimes, concluding an inquiry Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to complete.
Last week on FOX News' "The Journal Editorial Report," Wall Street Journal staffers discussed predictions for the New Year:

 Paul Gigot: And a big wild card this year, the special counsel that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint to look into whether the CIA and Bush administration officials should be indicted for their antiterror policies. If he indicts--recommends indicting some of those, you're going to see a fire storm.
Dorothy Rabinowitz: There's a good chance he'll make that recommendation. - Full
This is so bizarre I thought it was an Onion deal.  Are they past insane? Not only do I now believe the democrats will lose both houses of congress, I think it will be a massacre of epic proportions.  Or a huge necktie party. 


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The downwardly mobile nanny state


 Recently Obama infuriated leftists when he claimed he "didn't campaign on the public option." (He did.)  Today ...
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But Pelosi did toss a jab President Obama's way.

Referring explicitly to one of Obama's campaign pledges, a reporter asked Pelosi whether C-SPAN cameras would be allowed to film the House-Senate negotiations.

"There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail," she said, without addressing the question.
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Health Care Resistance

The Cornhusker Pushback
State AGs say Ben Nelson's Medicaid deal is unconstitutional.

Dem Jack Boots on Steroids

'It's not a special deal,'' Ben Nelson told the New York Times of the special deal that converted him into the 60th Senator for ObamaCare. "It's a fair deal. Some people said I was getting money for Nebraska. That's wrong. I was just getting rid of an underfunded federal mandate. There's nothing sleazy about it. I cracked the door open for other states."

The other states think somewhat less of Mr. Nelson's benevolence. Under the "Cornhusker Kickback," the federal government will pay all of Nebraska's new Medicaid costs forever, while taxpayers in the other 49 states will see their budgets explode as this safety-net program for the poor is expanded to one out of every five Americans.
Whatever comes of this, I think it's fair to say that Ben Nelson is in his last term as a senator from Nebraska.  There are compelling points being made as well.

The 12 Attorneys General are all Republicans, but as it happens their complaints are echoed by the liberal states of New York and California.

"In addition to violating the most basic and universally held notions of what is fair and just," the AGs wrote last week to the Democratic leadership, the Article I spending clause is limited to "general Welfare." If Congress claims to be legitimately serving that interest by expanding the joint state-federal Medicaid program, then why is it relieving just one state of a mandate that otherwise applies to all states? -- Full
Also bringing  heat - C-Span, which is normally a docile Lamb when it comes to pushing congressional leaders, surprised me with: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage   My "kamikaze" analogy to Dem leaders is certainly apt.  "We may be going down in flames, but we're taking the country with us."  Wait! That's more Hitlarian than Divine Wind, ain't it?

A kiss

I'm such a romantic
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Click pic for more celebration

Nah - but nice to think about

Earthquake Rumblings In MA -
Rasmussen Shows Brown Within 9% / Update: Brown within 2% With Definite Voters and Leads By 44% With Independents

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Coakley's tactic of acting like the election already is over may be backfiring. While Brown was hitting the pavement the past three weeks, Coakley took a six day vacation. Wrong message. Coakley is ducking a one-on-one debate with Brown. Wrong message.

I sensed Coakley was in trouble when her campaign recently overstated the strength of her fundraising, making it seem as if she had far outraised Brown post-primary. It appears that most of Coakley's fundraising strength was pre-primary, when she used the abortion issue to rally the liberal base to contribute. Coakley then went back on her promise not to vote for the Senate health bill if it contained abortion restrictions. - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
How sweet that would be ... .


Dyslexic Porn
 Yes dammit, we need some humor

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X-Ray Privacy

wot? me worry?

In Passing
 I found at least 3 reasons to buy a RPG instead of that new couch

Dems look to skip formality on health bills
The maneuver gives Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House free rein to quickly work through hundreds of differences between the 2,000-page bills and to keep control over the deals they will need to make on politically touchy topics such as abortion, taxes and Medicare cuts.

Paper's Placement Causes Momentary Happy Thought

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Glenn Beck Accuses Liberals of Coordinating Birther Phone Calls
Say it isn't true!!

How about some New Year's resolutions for the right-wing media machine?
Lame.  So very.
U.S. concerned about new Japanese premier Hatoyama
Nice segue into Post article on how Obama's "restoration of American prestige" thing is going.

America is losing the free world
But we have the nation's first Black president.

NYT: "2010 Situation Grows More Difficult for Democrats"
President Barack Obama's party is testing a line of attack that resurrects George W. Bush as a boogeyman and castigates Republicans as cozy with Wall Street.

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And in case that doesn't work ...
First Lady joked she's trying to mount "coup" to keep us all here longer.
(What?  Another one?)
GOP House Candidate: Fight Against Democrats Bigger Than Fight Against Terrorism
It will be interesting to see whether this stark Tea Party-style rhetoric will be an aid or hindrance to Quist's chances.

What if Bush had ....

Let's update this "List of Obama
achievements since inauguration"

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List of achievements since inauguration:

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expenseof the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a setof inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when GordonBrown had given him a thoughtful and historicallysignificant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you havethought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the fourth of May (Cuatro de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word advice would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as "proof" of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on "Earth Day", would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually "get" what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again 10 times within years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC,would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama thatmakes him so brilliant and impressive?  Can't think of anything?  Don't worry.  He's done all this in 5 months -- so you'll have three years and seven months to come up with ananswer.