U.S. Politics

Blog Round Up

  • Think Progress: Pastor Rick Warren Refuses To Condemn Ugandan Law Making Homosexual Acts Punishable By Death.
  • Hanna Rosin: Did Christianity Cause the Crash?
  •  Mother Jones: Palin’s Latest Error. Also, why is Palin seemingly incapable of finishing anything she starts?
  •  Queerty: Why Is Chase Bank Willing to Give NOM Some Of Its $5 Million Charity Prize?
  •  David Weigel: Randall Terry Capitalizes on Tea Party Movement.
  •  Jamison Foser: The other right-wing media mogul you should worry about.

H/T Right Wing Watch

White House Christmas Tree

First Lady & Daughters Receive White House Christmas Tree

From Democratic Underground:

The First Lady is presented with the Official White House Christmas Tree, arriving in Washington from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The 18 ½ ft Douglas fir arrives on the traditional horse drawn carriage to the North Portico. The tree will be on display in the Blue Room throughout the holidays.

You can start at 1:20 if you want to see the activity begin. Very low key arrival but good to see. ‘Is this the biggest tree we’ve ever had? Yeah, I think this wins.’



Blog Round Up – Birtherstan Updates

Bad Fiction: Patrick has a great website over there.  Check out his latest report on the Birther movement.  See who’s coming and who’s going in that movement.  Great stuff Patrick!

Oh For Goodness Sake:  Birthers Should Put Up Or Shut Up.

Politijab:  Always the latest in whats happening in Birtherstan, from a legal perspective.

What’s Your Evidence?:   Tesibria has an updated pdf chart  on all of the birther cases and the status of each.

Entertainment · Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey’s holiday show offers duets: Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli …. Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw … more

This blog is usally about the “crazies” that find themselves in the spotlight because they either said something really weird or has some strange ideas regarding Bracak Obama or the progressive movement.  Since this is the Thanksgiving holiday week-end, I wanted to do one more entertainment piece that I just read about.

Full disclosure:  I am NOT an Oprah fan.  I haven’t watched her show since the early nineties.  However, I AM a fan of Andre Bocelli (Time to Say Goodbye is one of my favorites.)  Mary J. Blige is my daughter’s favorite singer.  It will be interesting to see two such diverse people sing a duet on Oprah’s holiday show on Monday. I will definately record that show!

There’s more!  Alicia Keyes (huge fan here) and Country Western star Tim McGraw will also sing a duet!

Orlando Centinel:

Could it be that Oprah Winfrey wants in on Simon Cowell’s turf?Lady O staged that Karaoke Challenge. Now she has lined up a holiday show filled with duets for Monday.

You’ll see Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson with Sugarland.

Mary J. Blige with Andrea Bocelli.

Tim McGraw with Alicia Keys.

The Winfrey folks call it “our first-ever holiday duet extravaganza!”

Sounds like a good reason to tune in at 4 p.m. Monday on WFTV-Channel 9.

Fear Mongering · POTUS Criticism

Time’s Joe Klein: The Tsunami of Obama Criticism

I just received my weekly copy of  Time magazine.  The article by Joe Klein caught my attention immediately.  Klein has been a luke warm supporter of President Obama, so I wanted to read what he had to say. Klein makes this assessment:

Over the past few weeks, Barack Obama has been criticized for the following:

He didn’t go to Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the Wall’s coming down.

He didn’t make a forceful enough statement on the 30th anniversary of the U.S. diplomats’ being taken hostage in Iran.

He didn’t show sufficient mournfulness, at first, when the Fort Hood shootings took place, and he was namby-pamby about the possibility that the shootings were an act of jihad.

He has spent too little time focusing on unemployment.

He bowed too deeply before the Japanese Emperor.

He allowed the Chinese to block the broadcast of his Shanghai town-hall meeting.

He allowed the Chinese President to bar questions at their joint press conference (a moment memorably satirized by Saturday Night Live).

 He didn’t come back with any diplomatic victories from Asia.

He allowed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 plotters to be tried in the U.S. criminal-justice system rather than by the military.

He has dithered too long on Afghanistan.

He has devoted too much attention to — and given congressional Democrats too much control over — health care reform, an issue that is peripheral to a majority of Americans.

Klein then goes on to give his take on the piled on criticism of Barack H. Obama:

As a fully licensed pundit, I have the authority to weigh in here … but I demur. Oh, I could sling opinions about every one of the events cited above — some were unfortunate — but it would matter only if I could discern a pattern that illuminates Obama’s presidency. The most obvious pattern, however, is the media’s tendency to get overwrought about almost anything. Why, for example, is the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall demolition so crucial that it requires a President’s presence? Which recent U.S. President has gotten the Chinese to agree to anything big? (In fact, Obama has secured significant diplomatic coöperation from the Chinese on North Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan.) Was his deep bow indicative of anything other than his physical fitness? (My midsection, sadly, prevents the appearance of obsequiousness in such circumstances.)


So it is way too early to make pronouncements on Obama’s fate. One pattern that can be limned from the recent overseas controversies is that this President has a tendency to err in the direction of respect toward other countries. This is a witting reaction to the Bush Administration’s tendency to diss our allies and insult — or invade — our enemies. It is a long game, which will yield results, or not, over time. After a first year spent demonstrating a new comity, Obama has gained the global credibility to get tough — on Iran, for example — in his second year. But the real evaluation of Obama’s debut must wait for the results of the two biggest problems he’s tackling: his decision on Afghanistan and the congressional attempt to pass health care reform

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1942832,00.html#ixzz0YBhItpPI


Black Friday Internet Sales – Stay Home – Avoid The Crowds

I am not in to the craziness of “Black Friday” sales at various outles like Best Buy, Walmart, Toys R Us, etc.   I prefer to do my shopping online.

HuffPo has some great suggestions:

Walmart is making a major push online for Black Friday. You can check out Walmart’s “Amazing Online Specials” here or here. Current deals include a $99 Nikon CoolPix L20 camera, $100 off a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop, and $598 40″ Samsung LCD TV.

 Target has its lineup of Black Friday Interet sales listed on their website here and offers round-the-clock Daily Deals (with free shipping!) here.

 Amazon.com will be offering its daily Gold Box deals, to find good deals on the items on your list.

Get the complete line-up of Toys R Us Black Friday sales on their website here. In addition to offering free shipping on thousands of items (or on purchases of $49 or more), the seller’s deals include discounts on Barbie products, Twilight games and books, Nintendo DS and PSP games, and more.

JCPenney is offering major in-store sales for Black Friday, as well as free shipping on orders of $25 or more (get the code here.) Their site will be featuring ads for upcoming sales here.



Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


Reproduced from Think Progress:

27 Reasons To Give Thanks

We’re thankful President Obama is thinking long and hard about committing more troops and money to Afghanistan.

We’re thankful President Bush feels liberated now.

We’re (not) thankful Dick Cheney has elected to move from his undisclosed location to the media spotlight.

We’re thankful Al Franken has gone from playing self-help guru Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live to helping rape victims receive justice from their employers.

We’re thankful for the healing power of beer.

We’re thankful there are some on the right who think Glenn Beck is “incoherent,” “mindless,” “erratic,” “bizarre,” and “harmful to the conservative movement.”

We’re thankful for long hikes on the Appalachian Trail.

We’re thankful Michael Steele understands that he can’t “do policy” and that no one has any reason to trust his “words or actions.”

We’re (not) thankful for “birthers,” “deathers,” “tenthers,” or “tea baggers.”

We’re (not) thankful conservatives believe they love America so much that they can root for our President to fail and for our nation to lose out on hosting the Olympics.

We’re thankful NFL players refused to “bend over and grab the ankles” for Rush Limbaugh.

We’re thankful six companies have resigned from the Chamber of Commerce due to its denial of climate change science.

We’re thankful Falcon “Balloon boy” Heene wasn’t actually in the balloon.

We’re thankful Lt. Dan Choi and Lt. Col Victor Fehrenbach bravely spoke out against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

We’re thankful Shep Smith doesn’t always drink the Fox News kool-aid.

We’re thankful more than 80 companies refused to lend their sponsorship to Glenn Beck’s hateful rants.

We’re thankful there are progressive organizations in D.C. lobbying for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

We’re (not) thankful for the filibuster.

We’re thankful that more than 20,000 of you stood up to Bill O’Reilly’s harassment machine and called for impeachment hearings against torture advocate Jay Bybee.

We’re thankful that Iran’s authoritarian rulers live in fear of their own population.

We’re thankful we’ll no longer have to listen to nativist rhetoric on CNN and global warming skepticism on ABC News.

We’re (not) thankful for bailed out CEOs who think they’re doing “God’s work” by doling out billions in bonuses.

We’re thankful for the legacy of the Liberal Lion.

We’re thankful Bill O’Reilly won’t be following us home for Thanksgiving.

We’e thankful a “wise Latina” sits on the Supreme Court.

We’re thankful our boss helped rescue imprisoned American journalists in North Korea.

We’re also very thankful to have the support of readers like you! What are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments section.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Faux News

Dana Perino: We Didn’t Have A Terror Attack During The Bush Presidency – Huh???

President George W. Bush’s last press secretary, Dana Perino told Sean Hannity that we did not have a terror attack on “W”‘s watch.   What’s odd is that she DOES acknowledge that we had an attack on our country but then says there was no attack during the Bush presidency.  If I recall correctly, on  September 11, 2001 George Bush had been in office for eight months.

Perhaps she meant to say the standard GOP talking point that also holds no water:  “We have not had a terror attack SINCE 9/11, while Bush was in office.  Bush kept us safe.”   Either way both statements are fallacies.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy

Chris Matthews v. R.I. Bishop

Chris Matthews makes it known to the public that he is a devout Catholic.  However, on Monday Chris actually debated Providence, RI  Bishop Thomas J. Tobin on just why Bishop Tobin has forbidden Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy  to receive the Roman Catholic sacrament of Holy Communion because of his advocacy of abortion rights.

At issue was Matthew’s questions to the Bishop about merging Church and State issues within The Church’s punitive measures toward Catholics who are percieved to ignore the moral teachings of The Church.  This video is excellent.  Here’s a rare glimpse at Matthew’s brilliance in all things political: