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Lotus position … ;) 2 August 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Lotus blossoms and pods on display at a traditional lotus viewing party in Hayama city, Kanagawa province, Japan [Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA]

It’s Sunday and I am dropping, or drooping… some thing spelled somewhere close to that…



1. marisacat - 2 August 2009

On and on it goes…

Via Angry Arab, he links to a UK gay site, Pink News…:

This story of Iraqi gays will not get coverage

“Two gay Iraqi refugees sparked astonishment at a LGBT meeting in Lebanon when they accused US soldiers of committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians.

An audience at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters last Friday was shown graphic images of beheaded corpses and photographs which apparently depicted US soldiers preparing to execute gays.

One of the men, who used the name Hussam, said US soldiers displayed signs such as ‘F**k Off Fags’ outside their barracks.” (thanks Souheil)

Posted by As’ad at 8:04 AM

2. marisacat - 2 August 2009

hmm tells me their internal polling shows weakness in the hard hit states.

President Barack Obama’s top economic officials said in interviews aired Sunday that the administration may support an extension in unemployment benefits.

Some on Capitol Hill view that as a second stimulus package, although it is unlikely to be billed that way, because of rising concern about government spending.

“We’ll do what’s necessary to make appropriate unemployment benefits available,” national economic adviser Lawrence Summers said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

On ABC’s “This Week,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in response to a question by host George Stephanopoulos about extending benefits: “I think that is something that the administration and Congress are going to look very carefully at as we get closer to the end of this year.”

And on CNN’s “State of the Union,” White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer said, “It is absolutely something that we’re working with Congress to do.” …

That’s three out of three economic advisors… LOL Too funny. From Politico.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009

Army Looking Into Monitoring of Protest Groups”

SEATTLE — The Army says it has opened an inquiry into a claim that one of its employees spent more than two years infiltrating antiwar groups active near one of the nation’s largest military bases. The groups say the employee infiltrated their activities under an assumed name and gained access to their plans as well as names and e-mail addresses of some members.

The man, John J. Towery, a civilian employee at Fort Lewis, south of Tacoma, Wash., works as a criminal intelligence analyst for the post’s Force Protection Division, say officials at Fort Lewis, the nation’s third largest Army post.

The Army would not disclose the nature of the investigation or address the claim that Mr. Towery had shared information about civilians. It said Mr. Towery was not available for an interview.

“Mr. John Towery performs sensitive work within the installation law enforcement community, and it would not be appropriate for him to discuss his duties with the media,” the Army said in written statement. “Fort Lewis is aware of the claim with regard to Mr. Towery. To ensure all regulatory guidelines were followed, the command has decided that an inquiry is prudent, and an officer is being appointed to conduct the inquiry.”

4. marisacat - 2 August 2009

I think larry Summers just held out a “tax cut of 800.00 for working families” as some huge gift. FTN with Schieffer…


5. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009

Pentagon, Eyeing Iran, Wants to Rush 30,000-Pound Bomb Program

July 31 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Defense Department wants to accelerate by three years the deployment of a 30,000-pound bunker-buster bomb, a request that reflects growing unease over nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea.

Comptroller Robert Hale, in a formal request to the four congressional defense committees earlier this month, asked permission to shift about $68 million in the Pentagon’s budget to this program to ensure the first four bombs could be mounted on stealthy B-2 bombers by July 2010.

Hale, in his July 8 request, said there was “an urgent operational need for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried targets in high-threat environments,” and top commanders of U.S. forces in Asia and the Middle East “recently identified the need to expedite” the bomb program.

The bomb would be the U.S. military’s largest and six times bigger than the 5,000-pound bunker buster that the Air Force now uses to attack deeply buried nuclear, biological or chemical sites.

marisacat - 2 August 2009

The bomb would be the U.S. military’s largest and six times bigger than the 5,000-pound bunker buster that the Air Force now uses to attack deeply buried nuclear, biological or chemical sites.

MOAB x 6.. I guesss……………………………..

6. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

The 30,000 lb bomb….What the fuck?
The “Ed Rendell”??? The “Big Dawg”?,

Why not just drop a BUNKER as a bunker buster?

CSTAR - 2 August 2009

or some clunkers….

catnip - 2 August 2009

Now that’s recycling!

BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

A Two Che Touché !

7. catnip - 2 August 2009

Just noticed this headline on your sidebar:

* In kingdom, Saudi prince’s coup ‘fails’ 2 August 2009

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the kingdom’s former ambassador to the United States, is reportedly under house arrest over a conspiracy against the monarch.

haha…who will save poor Bandar? Quick! Call the congress for an emergency session.

BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

Sorry! 😳
One more try corrected for format. Please delete priors.

I dunno…There’s a certain whiff about that story …
…seems like same m.o of the Agit Prop/ market manip pump and dump last week reported about Jane Harman’s hubco, Harman Intl. The Stock doubled in one day attributed to a Kuwaiti biz dude’s rumor of a harman takeover bid.

The accused suicided a few days later.
Nothing yet on al Jazeera or the European majew media yet on the Bandar story…So many rapiers, hard to tell who’s the sharpie…
Oil Futures Up tomorrow? Oil Futures down? Who knows?
Especially given Bandar’s pull , his push, and his love of the thrust and parry.

There is also this, an intentionaly provocative, hearty International Fuck You and East Jerusalem Seizure today…handed down by an Israeli Court and swiftly carried out.

It’s AJ’s lede at the moment…

East Jerusalem evictions condemned

UN and British officials have condemned Israel’s forcible eviction of two Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem.

Speaking after the al-Ghawi and al-Hanoun families were evicted on Sunday, Robert Serry, the United Nations special co-ordinator for the Middle East peace process, said: “I deplore today’s totally unacceptable actions by Israel.

“These actions are contrary to the provisions of the Geneva Conventions related to occupied territory.

“These actions heighten tensions and undermine international efforts to create conditions for fruitful negotiations to achieve peace.”

‘Extremist agenda’

The British consulate which, along with other foreign missions, is located in Sheikh Jarrah where the Palestinian families had been living for more than half-a-century, said it was “appalled”.

Pretty harsh in Diplo-speak..
Harsher , still…

The consulate said in a statement:

“The Israelis’ claim that the imposition of extremist Jewish settlers into this ancient Arab neighbourhood is a matter for the courts … is unacceptable.

“These actions are incompatible with the Israeli professed desire for peace.

“We urge Israel not to allow the extremists to set the agenda.”

8. catnip - 2 August 2009

Just my size: Tiny House Blog

CSTAR - 2 August 2009

We need to invent a country where the head of state lives in one.

marisacat - 2 August 2009

very true

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009

Heh: From the people who brought you the Birthers: Obama is probably the Anti-Christ

An American Christian has produced a brief film for YouTube that connects one statement by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke to President Barack Obama.

His 4-minute video focuses on the direct quote: “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)

“When I started doing a little research, I found the Greek word for ‘lightning’ is ‘astrape’, and the Hebrew equivalent is ‘Baraq,'” said YouTube contributor “ppsimmons,” a self-described Christian with a theological education and many years in the ministry, who spoke to WND under condition of anonymity out of concern for members of his local church. “I thought that was fascinating.”

As he continued looking into the rest of the words in the phrase, he focused on “heaven,” and found that it can refer not just to God’s dwelling place, but also “the heights” or “high places.”

He then recalled Isaiah 14:14, where Lucifer, another name for Satan, is quoted as saying, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

“I wondered what the word ‘heights’ is,” said ppsimmons, “and I looked it up in the dictionary, and it’s ‘Bamah.'”

Thus, on the video, the announcer notes, “If spoken by a Jewish rabbi today, influenced by the poetry of Isaiah, He (Jesus) would say these words in Hebrew … ‘I saw Satan as Baraq Ubamah.'”

A VERY convincing case!


Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009

the smiley codes don’t work anymore?

marisacat - 2 August 2009

I took the spaces out.. you gave the little face so much breathing room (a space between “evil” and “:” on each side, 😉 ) that he just lay there…

marisacat - 2 August 2009

I pretty much think Ob considers himself some sort of New Prophet… I think he started to believe all that gibberdrool about the rising oceans… so if the slur is that he is the Anti Christ.. well, ‘tough titty said the kitty’.

It all fits together in a propaganda way.


Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009

I thought it was pretty funny, as funny in it’s own way as the crap that his cult believes from the other side.

He’s perfect for fundraising for “both” halves of the ruling party, while doing actually very little.

marisacat - 2 August 2009


CSTAR - 2 August 2009

Brrh! Ack! Oh Bummer!

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009

Officials begin thinning out the encampment, saying the city can provide space only for those who once lived there and can prove it.

Dozens of Ontario police and code enforcement officers descended upon the homeless encampment known as Tent City early Monday, separating those who could stay from those to be evicted.

Large, often confused, crowds formed ragged lines behind police barricades where officers handed out color-coded wristbands. Blue meant they were from Ontario and could remain. Orange indicated they had to provide more proof to avoid ejection, and white meant they had a week to leave.

Many who had taken shelter at the camp — which had grown from 20 to more than 400 residents in nine months — lacked paperwork, bills or birth certificates proving they were once Ontario residents.

“When my husband gets out of jail he can bring my marriage certificate; will that count?” asked one tearful woman.

Another resident, clearly confused, seemed relieved to get a white band — not understanding it meant she had to leave.

Pattie Barnes, 47, who had her motor home towed away last week, shook with anger.

“They are tagging us because we are homeless,” she said, staring at her orange wristband. “It feels like a concentration camp.”

Ontario officials, citing health and safety issues, say it is necessary to thin out Tent City. The move to dramatically reduce the population curtails an experiment begun last year to provide a city-approved camp where homeless people would not be harassed.

Land that includes tents, toilets and water had been set aside near Ontario International Airport for the homeless. Officials intended to limit the camp and its amenities to local homeless people, but did little to enforce that as the site rapidly expanded, attracting people from as far away as Florida.

“We have to be sensitive, and we will give people time to locate documents,” said Brent Schultz, the city’s housing and neighborhood revitalization director. “But we have always said this was for Ontario’s homeless and not the region’s homeless. We can’t take care of the whole area.”

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009

Congress’ own healthcare benefits

Among the advantages: a choice of 10 healthcare plans that provide access to a national network of doctors, as well as several HMOs that serve each member’s home state. By contrast, 85% of private companies offering health coverage provide their employees one type of plan — take it or leave it.

Lawmakers also get special treatment at Washington’s federal medical facilities and, for a few hundred dollars a month, access to their own pharmacy and doctors, nurses and medical technicians standing by in an office conveniently located between the House and Senate chambers.

In all, taxpayers spent about $15 billion last year to insure 8.5 million federal workers and their dependents, including postal service employees, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Generous plans are available in private industry. But the federal coverage far surpasses that enjoyed by 70 million Americans who are underinsured and at financial risk in the event of a major health crisis — not to mention the estimated 46 million who have no medical insurance.

“For the average worker, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan would probably look quite attractive,” said Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union, a pinch-penny advocacy group.

Indeed, a question often surfaces: Why can’t everyone enjoy the same benefits as members of Congress? The answer: The country probably couldn’t afford it — not without reforms to bring costs way, way down.

Given their choices, lawmakers can tailor coverage in a way most Americans cannot. If a child has asthma, for instance, a federal employee might opt for coverage that costs a little more but has a bigger doctor network and lower office-visit fees.

The plan most favored by federal workers is Blue Cross Blue Shield, which covers a family for about $1,030 a month. Taxpayers kick in $700, and employees pay the rest. Seeing a doctor costs $20. Generic prescriptions cost $10. Immunizations are free. There is no coverage limit.

Federal employees also enjoy a significant benefit denied the average American: There is no such thing as a preexisting condition, which keeps many sick people from obtaining insurance. Once hired, federal workers are eligible for coverage no matter their health, with no waiting period.

12. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009


Police Urge Indictment Of Israel’s Lieberman

By Linda Gradstein
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, August 3, 2009

JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 — Israeli police recommended Sunday that the state indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of bribery, fraud, money laundering, witness harassment and obstruction of justice.

That’s it? No Organ Selling? No Global Exctasy Dealing Ring? No kidnapping and Global Prostitution rings out of the former Eastern Bloc?

Whew. Cuz for a minute there it looked like they might be on to something…….

and, from that last vestige of will where hope springs eternal in all humanity… maybe they are …maybe they are.

catnip - 2 August 2009

Hey – if they can get him with a workaround like bribery etc just like they got Capone for tax evasion, I’m all for it. Lieberman is one nasty piece of work.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009

Catholic bank owned pill shares

Der Spiegel newspaper discovered the bank had invested 580,000 euros (£495,310, $826,674) in British arms company BAE Systems.

It also invested 160,000 euros in American birth control pill maker Wyeth and 870,000 euros in tobacco companies.

The bank apologised for behaviour “not in keeping with ethical standards”.

Pax Bank has previously advertised ethical investment funds, specifically claiming to avoid arms and tobacco companies along with organisations that do not adhere to Catholic beliefs.

Since 1968 the Catholic church has condemned contraception – a view emphatically upheld by current Pope Benedict XVI.

In the past he has called birth control a “grave sin”.

14. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

Benn on Lieberman.

“Lieberman has been very ineffective as a foreign minister,” said Aluf Benn, the editor-at-large of Haaretz. “The Arab foreign ministers have boycotted him, the Europeans were reluctant to talk to him, and even with the Americans there was a marked difference.”

and ta tink ..they could have voted for Historic Change like we did.
Looks like a job for Blondie, Mossad Wonder Girl.

Market report: Tough Kitty UP.

BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

“Give Him Time” still up in mantra trading on DP commodities trading in the US.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 August 2009
catnip - 2 August 2009


16. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

I have a favorable impression of Gradstein built up over the years,
her work with NPR. I find her to be diligent in capping her pieces with wider context…..
as she does in her WaPo piece today

Also Sunday, Israeli police evicted two Palestinian families from homes in the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the homes belonged to Jews. The area has been at the center of tensions between Israel and the Obama administration over Israeli plans to build more homes for Jews there.

Meanwhile, Israel allowed Palestinians to travel Sunday on a road from the West Bank city of Hebron to the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba. It was the first time in eight years that the road was opened to Palestinians. Hebron’s Palestinian governor, Hussein al-Araj, said the move by Israel was an attempt to distract attention from its continued settlement activities and called on Palestinians not to use the road.

BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

Gradstein BTW has been criticised Left and Right.
All I give a damn about from reporting is factual and contextual accuracy in reporting. Not bad at all for a dual journo who doesn’t work on Saturday.

BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

(The PTB drivers of such reporting aside)
clearly such reporting serves a RW Israel, presented as tryyyying, always tryyyyying to police their own in light of
-the naked grab in East jerusalem today ,

-the Israeli Mob extraditions to the US ( ajurisdictional preference vs, say EU countries clamoring as well)

-the Swiss US sissy slap fight to cover PTB money laundering transiting Switzerland Israel and every other godamn place…

I just figure with Gradstein and Other duals in the journo trade like her, even if it’s pointilism, as long as other relevant contemporary events are presented accurately as context in a piece by piece basis ,the clearer regognizeable picture will emerge, however stylized or representative as it may be…..

Perhaps a deminimus standard when “Fair enough” representation is as good as it gets these days….

Anyways , I’m out.

17. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

Back in for a sec.

Consider coverage by Isabel Kerschner, OTOH for NYT, same story

But instead of “Lieberman Indicted” as lede followed by the East Jerusalem provocation, her piece (+ Editorial decisions obviously) went with the reverse Israel Evicts Palestinians From Homes

Unlike Gradstein I do not have a “favorable impression” of Kerschner.
,,,who I’ve read on many occasions and – whether her final product was the result of editorial desk slash and burn I don’t know, but under her byline …DUAL was all but stamped on it.

Nonetheless, her NYT piece was contextualized with the contemporaneous account of Lieberman’s indictment. So Both pieces, by “fair enough” standards, yield enough info for average readers like myself to get a clue. So I’ll take it , enough said from the mini-mind of dolta here. ‘Night all.

catnip - 2 August 2009

Back in for a sec.

Hey you! Bedtime. Now.

18. catnip - 2 August 2009
19. catnip - 2 August 2009

Today’s Moment of Irony brought to you by:

Crazy attacks on health reform begin
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marisacat - 2 August 2009

I have not toured the MSM… but wonder how they will weather the bombshell (imo) that they may hve middle class tax raises. I doubt that goes down well.

catnip - 2 August 2009

Reuters is on it.

But overall, the administration’s stimulus spending and health care reform plans have run into a chorus of criticism from Republicans, who charge the government is running up a national debt that could smother the economy in the next decade.

“We have put trillions of additional debt on future generations of Americans,” said Republican Sen. John McCain.

“In the words of the Congressional Budget Office and others, it is ‘unsustainable.'”

Geithner and Summers sought to blunt these concerns on Sunday, saying the government needed to show the will to slash deficits. They declined to rule out future tax increases to accomplish that.

“We have to bring them down to a level where the amount we’re borrowing from the world is stable at a reasonable level,” Geithner said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

“And that’s going to require some very hard choices. And we’re going to have to do that in a way that does not add unfairly to the burdens that the average American already faces.”

Geithner left unclear whether Obama would be willing to set aside his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on Americans making less than $250,000 a year. “We can’t make these judgments yet about exactly what it’s going to take and how we’re going to get there,” he said.

Story Title (ought to be): How to Commit Political Suicide Your First Year in Office

Do any of those guys know what the hell they’re doing?

catnip - 2 August 2009

Summers to the rescue – on another show. Yeah. That’s effective.

Summers later said Geithner was not laying the groundwork for tax increases, and added that none of the White House proposals would burden the middle class.

“It’s never a good idea to absolutely rule things out no matter what, but what the president has been completely clear on is this: That he is not going to pursue any of his priorities, not health care, not energy — nothing — in ways that are primarily burdening middle-class families,” Summers told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Pushback from the overlords:

The officials’ emphasis on deficit reduction came a week after Chinese officials at economic talks in Washington stressed the need to pursue deficit reduction. China holds over $800 billion in U.S. Treasury debt and over $2 trillion in total U.S. securities.

So, who’s really running your country again?

marisacat - 2 August 2009

well unless we are really lucky, China. 😆

I’d be divinely happy for a wonderfully made plate of Egg Foo Yung… so if they wanna take over, bring the old Cantonese recipes with. That is all I ask.

marisacat - 2 August 2009

I did not catch Romer but both Summers and Geithner looked shifty as all hell. And she just reminds me of some nodding smiling doll sent into the room to divert.

What a fucking screw job it all is.

20. catnip - 2 August 2009


Catholic bank owned pill shares

A Roman Catholic bank in Germany has apologised after admitting it bought stocks in defence, tobacco and birth control companies.

Der Spiegel newspaper discovered the bank had invested 580,000 euros (£495,310, $826,674) in British arms company BAE Systems.

It also invested 160,000 euros in American birth control pill maker Wyeth and 870,000 euros in tobacco companies.

The bank apologised for behaviour “not in keeping with ethical standards”.

catnip - 2 August 2009

Oops. I see MitM posted the same (sinful) story. 😉

21. catnip - 2 August 2009

Panetta: CIA apologist.

The time has come for both Democrats and Republicans to take a deep breath and recognize the reality of what happened after Sept. 11, 2001. The question is not the sincerity or the patriotism of those who were dealing with the aftermath of Sept. 11. The country was frightened, and political leaders were trying to respond as best they could. Judgments were made. Some of them were wrong. But that should not taint those public servants who did their duty pursuant to the legal guidance provided. The last election made clear that the public wanted to move in a new direction.

Intelligence can be a valuable weapon, but it is not one we should use on each other. As the president has said, this is not a time for retribution. Debates over who knew what when — or what happened seven years ago — miss a larger, more important point: We are a nation at war in a dangerous world, and good intelligence is vital to us all. That is where our focus should be.

Shorter Panetta: War crimes? Whatever.

Oh and I almost forgot: 9/11! Drink!

marisacat - 2 August 2009

well obviously I have no idea what is going on, but when he was nominated for the pick I remember a mini squad of pundits wondering why he would leave his set up in Monterey for DC Hell.

I sure don’t know… he had a party oriented (I suppose) conference center set up in the Monterey Carmel area… sort of Seminars Forever… how much time he really spends in DC, who knows.

The whole thing is such a mess. But, I am sure we need 17 intelligence agencies. hmm mmm

22. marisacat - 3 August 2009

And the bloody beat goes on… LAT via Truth Out

Kabul, Afghanistan – Six American soldiers were killed in a 48-hour period ending Sunday, their deaths coming on the heels of the most lethal month for U.S. and Western troops since the start of the war nearly eight years ago, military officials said.

Three other Western troops also died over the weekend, according to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. One of them was identified as a French soldier killed Saturday in a firefight outside Kabul, the capital; the other two were Canadians killed in the south.

Three of the U.S. deaths came in a roadside bombing in Kandahar province, in southern Afghanistan, on Saturday. Most of the American forces in the south are concentrated in neighboring Helmand province, where U.S. Marines have seized a large swath of previously insurgent-held territory. […]

The other three Americans were killed Sunday in Wardak province, to the west of Kabul. U.S. military officials said their convoy first struck a roadside bomb and then came under small-arms fire by insurgents. […]

The surge of deaths over the weekend came just after military officials reported that July had been the worst month since the war’s start in terms of troop fatalities. Seventy-four Western soldiers were killed, including 43 Americans, the highest monthly tally for both since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban.

23. marisacat - 3 August 2009

Catching MTP on a rerun. Someone should lock Larry Summers up. Throw away the fucking key.

What a nasty loon. “we didn’t know how bad it was last winter”.

Geesh, find a window and LOOK OUTSIDE.

marisacat - 3 August 2009

Gibbs is madly trying to wlk back the blither that Geithner and Summrs let loose with on txes.


24. catnip - 3 August 2009

Here’s a clear example of cops acting “stupidly”.

25. catnip - 3 August 2009

Wild wild weather in the wild wild west here the past few days. The stage at the province’s biggest country music festival collapsed due to high winds, killing one lady and injuring 15 other people. A 3 yr old was hit and killed by flying construction debris in downtown Calgary. Just as I was going to bed last nite, around 2 am, a wicked thunderstorm blew threw. It was like being right in the middle of sheet lightning. Now it’s gone from being around 30C to just 11C today. And it’s been one of the coolest summers since I don’t know when. Craziness.

Speaking of craziness, there’s Robert Gibbs on my teevee…

marisacat - 3 August 2009

walking back the tax blitiher of yesterday I hear…

catnip - 3 August 2009

Read my lips…

To the woodshed with Summers and Geithner!

26. catnip - 3 August 2009
catnip - 3 August 2009

So much slobberation in that article.

Meet your new daddy…

To Obama, educating Americans doesn’t simply mean demystifying the legislative process or walking them through the rationale for his policies. It means offering them a kind of moral instruction, one that reshapes their ideas about what’s required of them—industry, responsibility, empathy, humility—and what’s required of the government (the same). These themes were apparent from the moment he began his inaugural address, when he called our weak economy “a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare our nation for a new age.” He went on to quote Corinthians—that it was time for our nation to “set aside childish things”—and exhorted us all to earn our greatness, rather than opt for shortcuts.

After years of excess, in other words, Obama—lean and disciplined, a father of two young children—was here to tell us that the egoism and exceptionalism of the boom and boomer years were over. Government was no longer an enabling sidekick to our years-long bender. It was a parent, one whose primary objective was to instill responsibility and empathy in its citizens, and to provide the same in return. As Lakoff notes, Obama specifically likened government to a parent in his 2008 Father’s Day address in Chicago, when he told the assembled audience first to set an example of excellence for their children—“Don’t just sit in the house and watch SportsCenter all weekend long”—and second to remind them to look at the world through others’ eyes. “That’s our responsibility as fathers,” he said. “And by the way, it’s a responsibility that also extends to Washington.” At the time, most of the press examined this speech through the prism of racial politics, believing they were watching a black presidential candidate gingerly walk the minefield of speaking honestly to a black audience while simultaneously trying to win over a majority-white electorate. Few considered that Obama may have been outlining his vision of government as a whole.

27. marisacat - 3 August 2009

EXCEPT Fox won the night… forget the title of the item they ran, but it was cheekily entitled, as well… (via Instapundit)

HOWARD KURTZ: The Prez, the Press, the Pressure.

“In the days before President Obama’s last news conference, as the networks weighed whether to give up a chunk of their precious prime time, Rahm Emanuel went straight to the top. Rather than calling ABC, the White House chief of staff phoned Bob Iger, chief executive of parent company Disney. Instead of contacting NBC, Emanuel went to Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric. He also spoke with Les Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, the company spun off from Viacom. . . Tensions have been building behind the scenes. Some television executives say the Bush administration informally floated possible news conference dates in advance, while Obama officials basically notify the networks of their plans.”

Posted at 10:19 am by Glenn Reynolds

Could be the WH PR troops are ACTING STUPIDLY.


catnip - 3 August 2009

Yet the New York Mag article that I linked to above makes it sound like the media are positively giddy that Rahm is talking to them.

“The truth is, it doesn’t take much,” says Lou Cannon, the former Washington Post reporter and one of Reagan’s ablest biographers. “If the president’s a gentleman and his chief of staff returns your calls … ” he trails off. Reagan was such a man, and Jim Baker returned those calls, same as Obama and Emanuel now. “It goes a long way,” he finally says. “We’re like schoolgirls.”

How embarrassing…you’d think.

marisacat - 3 August 2009

I had that story up last night, but tho I have nto ifnished it yet, it did sound as they were workign the pro WH angle of things…

And yeah FOX did win the night.

Last i heard the viewership of his YouTubes has consistently fallen. Hope he churns out that Sat slur via radio as well.

Such tripe it all is.

catnip - 3 August 2009

it did sound as they were workign the pro WH angle of things…

Absolutely. But he also comes across as the ADHD president – jumping from one topic to another faster than a speeding bullet.

marisacat - 3 August 2009

I know it was planned or written as a puff piece, or a shore-him-up piece but to me, reading it as a non acolyte, it was very damning. As I said I had to take break from it. Soo much sugar waterfalls. will finsih it tonight…

28. marisacat - 3 August 2009



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