This isn't a proper diary. And if I were REALLY sorry I wouldn't post it. I just have a big question about procedure and I can't find the answer anywhere. There must be a Kossack who knows! If the Dems get rid of the filibuster, can the Dem Senate pass some of the many Pelosi bills from last session? Or would the new House have to pass new bills first?
When I first saw this billboard, it was pretty clear to me what they were trying to say. I don't know how clearly you can see the background, but there are no white people in this picture. It seemed they were saying - when we say socialism, we mean Obama is taking all your sh*t and giving it to black people. Then I went to the website and it's the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of TN. Even weirder. An attempt to divide the black and Hispanic Dems? Thoughts?
I sat in the Y the other day, waiting to see if my daughter's swimming lessons were going to be cancelled for distant thunder. (In an indoor pool! I don't really understand.) The two teenaged lifeguards tasked with listening for thunder and watching for lightning were discussing politics at the next table in the lobby. He was bloviating; she was listening. He said many obnoxious things that I longed to respond to, but did not. But finally he said one I couldn't ignore. "Do you know that Obama has already spent more than all of the other presidents combined?" he asked. "It's true!" On my way to grab another cup of coffee, I looked at him and said "That's not true."
Can Geithner really think that this will make us happy? What an ASS!
AIG is living off of our money. Who cares if AIG gives us back $165 million of the money we gave them? We'll just give it to them again when no one is looking. The point is that these 73 assholes don't deserve bonuses and we want that money back. From these 73 assholes and only from them. Not from anyone else. They don't get to keep it. Get it Geithner? How stupid do you think we are?
This is for all you process specialists. I saw a story that said the 3 Republican Senators (Specter, Collins, Snowe) who voted for the stimulus package will be very forceful in keeping their hard-won concessions in. Do they have any power in this? Seems like I remember all sorts of Bush-era conference committees in which the provisions that won the votes of the Dems necessary to dodge the filibuster threat were summarily stripped in conference committees that had no Dems representing the Senate. What are our options? How does it work? Can we get the state funding back in the bill?
As people piled on Rush Limbaugh for hoping for Obama's failure, I couldn't help feeling a little guilt. Oh yeah, Rush is a sanctimoniuous, disgusting bastard, but I have to honestly admit that I really hoped Bush failed, too. I remember watching the stock market in the early days of the Bush admin., and I didn't own any stock. I just wanted to see it fall, because it meant Bush was failing. Yay! I think I can offer a decent explanation that may or may not exonerate Limbaugh as well.
As not many may have noticed, Tennessee bucked the democratic trend this year. While our big cities broke harder for Obama than they had for Kerry, the state as a whole gave McCain a stronger vote than Bush in 2004. AND the state legislature changed hands.
If we don't make it to 60 Senators, but we get really close, Obama could use his cabinet appointments to get us there. If we lack just one - or maybe even if we lack two - Senate spots, he could choose a few Republican Senators from states with Democratic Governors for Cabinet positions.
I'm breaking all the diary rules (I'm sorry!), but the last open thread was ages ago and no one will read a comment there now.
We're having to wait an hour plus for gas and paying over $4 a gallon in Nashville (a tad higher than the highest it was this summer). Anybody else or is it just us?
This morning the Nashville City Paper did a story on how Congressman Lincoln Davis has not endorsed Barack Obama yet. Bolgia7 posted a diary on this and highlighted a quote from Fred Hobbs, a state party officer, who said that Obama "may be terrorist connected". For those of you from Tennessee, you'll know that this kind of idiotic comment is not surprising from our state party officials. It's the reason why Tennessee Democrats can't seem to make any gains while the rest of the country does.
But the more important quote in this article comes from Beecher Frasier, Congressman Davis' Chief of Staff:
His (Davis') chief of staff, Beecher Frasier, said he doesn’t know for sure if Obama is "terrorist connected" but he assumes he’s not.
I can't seem to strike out the word "rabid" in the title so I removed it, but it used to say "I'm not a rabid feminist, but", and I changed it as it was deemed offensive.
I read this story in the New York Times, and it really made me mad! Apparently, when people go to smoke on the ramps at halftime during Jets games, the men shout at all the women to take off their tops. While some exhibitionists comply and get a kick out of it, I can only imagine what it must be like for the ones who aren't into it. Am I crazy, or is this totally unacceptable?
A little more on the flip...
I don't really have the time to do this, so this may be a substandard diary, and I'm sorry for that. If someone else wants to take these jokers point-by-point, please do.
Over at WaPo, Kornblut and Bacon have written an article that makes my blood boil, and I have to defend my main man, Howard Dean. I know, I know... I should let it go. It was years ago... it's over... they wouldn't listen about their misperceptions then and they won't now. But I have to try again to set the record straight.
This article is about whether or not Obama can avoid Dean's pitflalls. It makes this erroneous point more than once, but here is the first instance:
the challenge for the senator from Illinois has become clear: He must turn the intense devotion of his backers into a force that can win primaries, expanding his base of support beyond the narrow band of Democratic elites who backed Dean.
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