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When all else fails, they pray – together… 30 January 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.

Obama and leading House Republicans bow their heads during the invocation. | AP Photo

Of course “prey” works just as well.

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), roundtable with CNBC’s David Faber, NY Times columnist David Brooks, Washington Post columnist Gene Robinson and U.S. News and World Report Editor-in-Chief Mort Zuckerman

ABC’s ‘This Week’: Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA), roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, NY Times columnist Paul Krugman and Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington

CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’: Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), roundtable with POLITICO Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and the Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut

‘Fox News Sunday’: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR’s Juan Williams, ‘Power Player of the Week’ with DC Press Corps’ Independent Copy Editor Daniel Lippman

CNN’s ‘State of Union’: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Republican analyst Mary Matalin and Democratic analyst James Carville, ‘Last Word’ segment with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka

C-SPAN — ‘The Communicators’ (6:30pm ET Saturday): FCC Distinguished Scholar in Residence Stuart Benjamin, guest reporter is Telecommunications Daily’s Lynn Stanton … ‘Newsmakers’ (10am ET /6pm ET Sunday): Democratic Policy Chairman and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), questioned by Roll Call’s David Drucker and POLITICO’s Eamon Javers … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout, who talks about his new biography of Louie Armstrong called, ‘Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.’

Are the shows worth anything?  I’d say no.  But the networks and cables have dead air to fill…so they fill it with dead air.

They would not know live air if it knocked them over and declared a paid bonus.

As long as they can charge for the advertising… it will limp on.  And the networks and the whole of media know they scored big $$$$$ with the SCOTUS ruling on political speech.  It hardly matters, looking over 2008 election, to say nothing of 40 years of elections prior, public financed elections were always a vaporous pipe dream.

We have hit bottom when Ivanka Trump and her molded cheeks (all 4 I would suspect) is on … think it was ABC’s GMA with Robin Roberts and Steph (despicable pair of handmaidens, send them to a diary farm for re-education!)… and she doles out POLITICAL COMMENTARY — along with Mort Zuckerman. 

One would think Mort, at least, would have something better to do.  But no.

We’re sucking down dirt.



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010

Justice Department Clears Torture Memo Authors John Yoo, Jay Bybee of Misconduct

A long-awaited Department of Justice watchdog report that probed whether John Yoo and his former boss Jay Bybee violated professional standards when they provided the Bush White House with legal advice on torture has cleared both men of misconduct, according to Newsweek, citing unnamed sources who have seen the document.

An earlier version of the report, prepared by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and completed in December 2008, actually concluded that Yoo, a Berkeley law professor, and Bybee, now a federal appeals court judge on the 9th Circuit, violated professional standards when they drafted an August 2002 legal opinion that authorized CIA officers to use brutal methods when interrogating suspected terrorist detainees.

But as I reported last April, those previous conclusions were watered down after OPR received responses on the report’s conclusions from Yoo and Bybee, who both worked in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC):

Legal sources familiar with the internal debate about the draft report say OPR is in the process of “watering”- down the criticism of legal opinions by [OLC] lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee in 2002 and 2003 and by [OLC acting head Steven Bradbury], who in 2005 reinstated some of the Yoo-Bybee opinions after they had been withdrawn by Assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith when he headed the OLC in 2003 and 2004.

David Margolis, the 34-year career prosecutor at the DOJ charged with reviewing the final version of the report, was responsible for “softening” OPR’s earlier finding of professional misconduct and instead determined that Yoo and Bybee “showed poor judgment” when they drafted an August 1, 2002 legal opinion authorizing the CIA to employ methods such as waterboarding against detainees during interrogations, according to Newsweek.

marisacat - 30 January 2010

I think we are stuck with Yoo for a long time. He’s young. And I suspect Berkeley will be ahppy to keep him.

I actually heard a caller earlier this week, late at night, around midnight .. to KGO, to one of the most rabid pro Israel hosts, bring up KSM’s three sons. That they had been held at Gitmo… from what I had understood a few years ago we hld children at an installation there called Camp IGuana.

… that one child died under torture, abuse… The host absolutely panic’d.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010

this is neat: The Flickr Commons.

It’s a member-supported archive of photos in the common domain.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010

always wasting their time fighting the wrong battles:

Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad May Be Based On Falsehood

A commercial featuring Tim Tebow and his mother Pam that is likely to air during Super Bowl XLIV may be rife with inaccuracies, according to power lawyer Gloria Allred.

The ad, which is expected to promote an anti-choice message, will be based on the theme “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life.” The Christian conservative group Focus on the Family has paid for the spot. James Dobson, the group’s founder, has a history of inflammatory statements and once said that gay marriage will “destroy the earth.”

Despite resistance from women’s groups, the ad is expected to air during the Super Bowl. It is believed that the commercial will focus on Pam Tebow’s 1987 pregnancy, during which time she fell ill in the Philippines. According to reports, doctors recommended that she abort the pregnancy, but she chose to go through with the birth of her son Tim.

Tebow grew up to be one of the most accomplished and celebrated stars in college football history, capturing two national championships and becoming the first sophomore to win the Heisman trophy.

Because abortion under any circumstance has been illegal in the Philippines since 1930 and is punishable by a six-year prison term, Allred says she finds it hard to believe that doctors would have recommended the procedure.

The gay marriage ad was rejected by CBS, of course.

marisacat - 30 January 2010

we are gonna hear about this one…….. til the next diversion comes up.

My own guess… and it is just a guess, is that the Philipines might be like Japan. Abortion is technically illegal in Japan, but is performed in doctor offices and in hospitals.

For all we know a Filipino doctor may hve suggested she return ot the USA and terminate.


Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010

making a big deal of this so misses the point.

Geez, offer an opposing narrative.

marisacat - 30 January 2010

They need to say they support any choice a woman makes… end of story. Leave this one alone… instead they elevate her and the kid.

Let the SUPERBOWL WATCHERS decide they would prefer other commercials.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010

the religious nuts like nothing more than the chance to portray themselves as victims that liberals are trying to silence.

Same stupid tactics, year after year, for decades now.

marisacat - 30 January 2010

It was a very dumb response … I caught the current head of NOW, sometime this week….. who mangled it badly.

All they had to do was say they support the decision that women freely make.

4. marisacat - 30 January 2010

Gee no surprise… But the author, Diane Ravtich of NYU and Brookings pretends to be shocked. She is quoting Arne Duncan, apparently on some ABC show this week with Roland Martin (sin’t he also on CNN?, are there only 10 pundits in the fuckign nation?)

Gosh that surprise gets old.

[“I]’ve spent a lot of time in New Orleans and this is a tough thing to say but I’m going to be really honest. The best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina. That education system was a disaster. And it took Hurricane Katrina to wake up the community to say that we have to do better. And the progress that it made in four years since the hurricane, is unbelievable. They have a chance to create a phenomenal school district.”

Funnily enough, this is the same story that one reads in conservative journals. Katrina created a grand opportunity to privatize public education, to break the teachers’ union, and to start over. A couple of other things happened: some 2,000 people died, large numbers of residents left the city, never to return, and the city was devastated. But, hey, there’s good news. Now New Orleans has schools run by private entrepreneurs!

I understand why choice fanatics like this story line, but it puzzles me that the Obama administration admires this disaster/privatization scenario ….

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010

I tossed a quick post up about Barry and his begging for Republican love.

marisacat - 30 January 2010

There is this in the big “take” on it all at Poltiico… which people forget, the WH sent him out last summer/fall to Town halls and other limited, carefully programmed meet and greets… and it failed. Spectacularly.

He has not been able to sell anything for some time. And sad to say the R will be outsmarting this reach.

Expect more of Friday’s Obama, his aides say, with the president out on the road, liberated from messy legislative process, taking scores of questions from friends and foes.

Expect monthly meetings with Republican leaders.

Expect a campaign.

The other thing that is being glossed over: Ob ain’t very interested.

marisacat - 30 January 2010

oh sch an appropriate graphic…………….

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010

I thought so … though the dog is more talented than Barry, I think. At least he can stand up on his own two legs.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010
marisacat - 30 January 2010

not a local boy.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 January 2010

not even a real transport. He’s there until his “career” gives him a reason to move somewhere else.

marisacat - 30 January 2010

He’s an asshole.

Politico has a headline runing about the “insurgents”, which they see as Ford and Paterson, running TOWARD Wall St.


7. marisacat - 30 January 2010



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