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Post-speech…………. ;) 27 January 2010

Posted by marisacat in Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Mason City, Iowa, US: A multi-vehicle pile-up on Highway 65 [Bryon Houlgrave/AP]

How very odd!

I remember him p r o m i s i n g, just drive forward, watch the road, be good, trust in him… and all of us would be safe on Highway 65 in Mason City Iowa.  He was very specific… and he promised!

I wonder what happened…….. ???? Looks like a car crash to me!




1. BooHooHooMan - 28 January 2010

LOL….JW, Pressing Ob to Breast.

Finally, Some Spine – Joan Walsh, Salon

It was a strong address, but it will take more than words for Obama to get his agenda back on track.

The best of the speech: In terms of policy, I was glad to see him demand that Congress continue to work on health care reform – though I was a little disturbed he offered no specifics.

Joan. Honey. Relax.
No need to make mush.
Baby will take the nipple eventually, no?

marisacat - 28 January 2010

oh very funny… she sw spine in that?

ts - 28 January 2010

She was looking at Biden during the speech. Man sat straight as a rail and didn’t move for 90 minutes.

marisacat - 28 January 2010

Sad to say I think John Harris was closer:

Less charitably, the address could be interpreted as the work of a president who is desperately improvising by touching every political erogenous zone he and his advisers can think of

marisacat - 28 January 2010

And this:

January 28, 2010
Categories:White House.

Law review

Josh Gerstein catches a passage in the State of the Union that either tacks well to the right, or just doesn’t quite make sense:

We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal, that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law, you should be protected by it; that if you adhere to our common values, you should be treated no different than anyone else.

As Gerstein notes:

The beginning of the above passage seems to be an uncontroversial exhortation to equal treatment under the law, but the last couple of clauses are puzzling, especially coming from a former law professor. All kinds of criminal defendants, who are alleged to have broken the law, are afforded a variety of legal protections and constitutional rights.

Even after criminals are convicted, they still enjoy many of those rights. And the legal privileges accorded to American citizens and others in the criminal justice system don’t usually depend on whether they “adhere to our common values.

Posted by Ben Smith 12:42 AM

ts - 28 January 2010

Probably a nod to Gitmo

marisacat - 28 January 2010

oh very true.. I had not thought of that.

ts - 28 January 2010

And like any man, he didn’t know where most of them were.

marisacat - 28 January 2010

it did have fumble aspects to it….

ts - 28 January 2010

From the paper of record

“The truth is, Mr. Obama is still trying to figure that out for himself. Since the Massachusetts election cost the Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the president and his advisers have been grappling for a plan to move forward on his agenda. Some things inevitably will have to wait, and Mr. Obama’s plans since last week have been a work in progress.

The day after last week’s election, he suggested returning to the “core elements” of health care, only to have aides hours later try to walk back the statement and insist he did not necessarily mean he wanted a scaled-back plan.

Even on Wednesday, the plans seemed fluid, literally changing even in the final hours, either in substance or in presentation. When aides previewed the speech for reporters in midafternoon, they said Mr. Obama’s plan to spur lending to small businesses would draw $25 billion from repaid bailout loans. By the time he spoke in the House chamber six hours later, the amount had increased to $30 billion.

Such differences might have meant little to viewers trying to gauge whether the Mr. Obama they were watching was the same Mr. Obama they voted for. “I never thought the mere fact of my election would usher in peace, harmony and some post-partisan era,” he said.

On that, pretty much everyone could agree.”

Grasping at straws…

marisacat - 28 January 2010

The day after last week’s election, he suggested returning to the “core elements” of health care, only to have aides hours later try to walk back the statement and insist he did not necessarily mean he wanted a scaled-back plan

… and House members are signaling they will cave. As if anyone thought they would not… From Nancy to Lyn Woolsey. Woolsey’s big personal save is that the day the bill apsses she will introduce a bill for the Public Option.

Small tired mice.

2. ts - 28 January 2010

CNN Web Headline

“Obama spoke. Now what?”

3. catnip - 28 January 2010

Dana Milbank:

It was as cold as a meat locker in the House chamber Wednesday night as lawmakers filed in to hear President Obama”s State of the Union address. Several lawmakers donned overcoats. Two lawmakers wrapped themselves in blankets.

Snuggies™ for all!

catnip - 28 January 2010

Obama spoke of Americans who “give back to their country.” Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) yawned.

Obama spoke of the need to get beyond “silly arguments.” Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) yawned.

Obama spoke of human rights in Iran. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) yawned.

Obama spoke about arms control. Christina Romer, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, yawned.

Obama spoke about a jobs bill. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer elbowed his colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had fallen asleep.

ts - 28 January 2010

That would explain Pelosi’s constipated expression through the speech. She was trying to keep from yawning on camera.

4. BooHooHooMan - 28 January 2010

A shorter Aravosis? :: { Gobble, Gobble~ Yummy!}

I think it was good.

“This year I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are — it’s the right thing to do.”

Here’s why:

1. The SOTU matters. No, no one remembers it after a week, but it still is the most important speech of the year, and a lot of thought and politics goes into what is and isn’t included. A few days ago, Joe wrote that obviously DADT wouldn’t be in the SOTU, because we never imagined the President or his people would want to come with 100 miles of the repeal. Yet they did.

2. The President said “this year.” That’s a timeline, baby.

3. The President said he would work with Congress and the military. He didn’t call on Congress to act, putting the burden on them, which many of us feared he might. He took responsibility for working with Congress and the military. That’s good.

4. He said “repeal.” He didn’t say “change,” which he and his people have been saying a lot lately, especially in front of straight audiences. He said “repeal.” That’s good.

{tug tug tug tug~~ LICK} 😆 😉

5. He added the “it’s the right thing to do” remark. That wasn’t in his prepared statements. It’s subtle, but it means he knows this specific promise matters.

{tug tug} 🙂

Look, I’m not letting the man off the hook. It’s not been a great year for gay civil rights, or for the President’s relations with our community. But if he says he’s going to work with congress and the military to repeal DADT this year, I say we take him at his word, offer to help, and by time Congress goes out of session this year, probably by early October since the elections are in November, we’d better have a repeal just as the President promised.


Now he’s on the clock.

…etc, gobbling, etc..

marisacat - 28 January 2010

I read in Plum Line that Wee Markos was happy too. I did not bother to follow the link.

Any more conservatives peddling fake wares to the non existent left need to get in line?


catnip - 28 January 2010

kos was all excited about the “populist” talk which he thinks will be “gold” for the mid terms. What can you say??

BooHooHooMan - 28 January 2010

70 minute speech.
Number of times the word “Gay” was, ahem, uddered : 1

John “Tug Tug” Aravosis was able to milk all that out of one sentence in a 70 minute speech. Jeezis. Hell if I’d let him near my little dick, lest he take Mr. Happy right off. Fuck. 😯

catnip - 28 January 2010

2. The President said “this year.” That’s a timeline, baby.

And didn’t he have a “timeline” for health insurance reform to be passed by last August? (baby?)

ts - 28 January 2010

There was a timeline for Middle East peace as well. Maybe we can fund TARDIS research?

5. marisacat - 28 January 2010

In iother news…………..


‘Catcher in the Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger Has Died at 91 [1:05 p.m. ET]

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6. ts - 28 January 2010

Dow off 122. Not many positive vibes from the speech on Wall St, though the market rallied so much last year that a correction was overdue. The famous “January effect” looks like it will be negative this year. Not a good omen.

marisacat - 28 January 2010

well ovrall it may drop 500+ points for Jan…

7. catnip - 28 January 2010
marisacat - 28 January 2010

I see that is the AP… they have a crew that love to dog him.


They make good points, all thru.

8. catnip - 28 January 2010

Activist Alito must be impeached
by clammyc

136 comments (136 new)

lol…you guys get right on that, K?

marisacat - 28 January 2010

the unconscious comic: clammyc… and he is booked long term, ladies and gentlemen!

catnip - 28 January 2010

when all else fails…

the clammy one:

…then an admission that you aren’t in the US so therefore aren’t as vested or up on the US political system.

Yup. Just a stupid foreigner here…

9. marisacat - 28 January 2010

hmm Angry Arab has several entries on the Ehtiopian airliner that went down off lebanon… http://angryarab.blogspot.com/

One that says we have taken control of the crash area… no lebanese investigation is allowed… and this:

Lebanese racism against Ethiopians

Houssam sent me this (I cite with his permission):

“In reference to the subject “ Lebanese Racism” ; I work in Tanzania , and I always take this plane , from and to Lebanon. When boarding the plane , the Ethiopian workers are called upon , shouted and searched like inmates , being boarded and transferred to prison ( I kid you not). Their boarding passes are always booked in the rear side of the plane, while the Lebanese and other nationalities share the front side of the plane, usually two to three seat lanes ( if available), separate both parties. And this is on an “Ethiopian” plane. I recall one time , a security agent making fun from one Ethiopian female, she had a big picture of her husband and family , and she was so happy going back home. The security guy ( immigration aw chi); was making fun how her husband was looking old in the pic, and she should give him her number , to see her when she’s back in Lebanon. “Sexual harassment within airport premises “. Lebanese treat Ethiopian hosts on board of the plane as bad as they treat their maids at home. I really admire those Ethiopian workers and hosts for tolerating this discrimination and treatment. I wonder how would they be treated if the plane was an MEA plane. ”

Posted by As’ad at 5:23 AM

marisacat - 28 January 2010

hahahahah Better living thru technology!


Mussolini iPhone App Stirs Passions in Italy

An iPhone application offering the speeches of the World War II dictator
Benito Mussolini has become a bestseller in Italy. While the app’s
creator defends it as a valuable historical tool, others claim it is
glorifying fascism.

link to spiegel

10. marisacat - 28 January 2010

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