This is going to be short, but sweet. Obama must take unilateral action on immigration reform. To Hell with negotiating with the Republicans. Follow me under the orange empanada.
Unless you're a basketball aficionado, the name Jack Twyman might not be familiar to you. However, Jack Twyman, was far more than a Hall-of-Fame basketball player. He was not only the rarest of athletes with his incredible talent, but his compassion and caring made him the rarest and finest of people. If you're not familiar with his story, please follow me under the orange thingy, because it's a story worth knowing and sharing.
I live in Madison, WI. You know, home of The Revolt. I've always found the attitude of restaurant owners in this city to be very strange. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and was brought up in a family that ate out all the time. I had the only Jewish grandmother who couldn't cook. When she made a meal, we prayed after we ate. Needless to say I know a thing or two about restaurants, and particularly about how a customer should expect to be treated. Like I said previously, a lot of Madison restaurant owners have this strange attitude, like you should be happy they're serving you, rather than being thankful for your business. It's why I'm willing to drive to Sun Prairie to eat at Salvatore's. They treat you like family there. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum from Salvatore's is Gotham Bagel. A quick trip to Yelp will bear this out. My story after the croissant.
President Obama would like the November elections to be about choice. I have a choice for the president to give the American people. The choice between a party made up of people who will work for you, or a party that has essentially been stealing from the tax payers for the last 10 years. These are the same Republican hypocrites who have accused working people who busted their asses for years, of being 'lazy' of 'milking the system'. I think it's time someone pointed out to the American people who it is that has really been lazy and milking the system.
While we continue to battle over Obama's accomplishments or disappointments, depending on your view, the Republicans have been mining comedy gold. So, I ask that for the time being we just realize that some of us view this administration as the half full glass, others view it as half empty. Let's just leave it at that, because we have more important things to do; like putting a permanent end to The Republican Party. This week we got to see The Republican Party in all its paranoid, unhinged, psychotic glory. Let's start with the craziness that has received the most attention on Daily Kos.
A lot of us have been wondering what happened to the Democrats after the 2008 election. After adding control of the executive branch to control of the Congress and the Senate, the Democrats seemed poised for enacting some truly landmark legislation. We had 60 votes in the Senate. We had a president who won by an overwhelming majority, on an extremely popular agenda of change. Yet almost immediately the kowtowing and capitulation to the Republican agenda and noise machine began. Even before Obama was sworn in, Pelosi and Reid both sent FISA bills to the floor that contained immunity for the telecoms involved in spying on innocent Americans, against the wishes of our president-elect. Did they think the Republicans wouldn't notice that the Democratic leadership was already playing defense.
For those of you who haven't been following the story, Joran Van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the Natalee Holloway murder has been arrested in Santiago, Chile. This time he is the prime suspect in the murder of 21 year old Stephany Flores Ramirez, who was last seen with Van der Sloot and was found stabbed to death in his room.
You can't mess with Bucky:
"Nike has not developed, and does not intend to develop, meaningful ways of addressing the plight of displaced workers and their families in Honduras," UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin said in a statement. "It has not presented clear long-range plans to prevent or respond to similar problems in the future. For this combination of reasons, we have decided to end our relationship for now."
I know I'm not the only one who has been disgusted by the Democratic (sic) leadership, or lack thereof. Yesterday, it was revealed:
Earlier this week the Associated Press scoured financial fillings for the bailout recipients and found that $1.6 billion went for salaries, bonuses and other perks for top executives last year, even as many of the banks were heading for crisis.
That money would have covered the amount the government gave to 53 of the more than 100 banks that have applied for the bailout, the AP found.
I cannot even begin to express how this information disgusts me. How, after all the antics and obfuscation of the Bush Administration, could the Democratic leadership allow this bailout to go forward without any oversight? How? This is why Nancy Pelosi needs to resign.
If you were watching the Special Edition of Hardball tonight you finally got to see Pat Buchanan in all his wingnut glory. It was classic Buchanan. A snarl on his face from start to finish. He gave Powell's whole history as being a charity case whose entire career was advanced by the Republican Party. He even threw in Nixon. You know he's pissed. He then accused Powell of being a traitor to the Republican Party. However Pat was just warming up.
I just saw Tweety's (Chris Matthews for the uninitiated) interview with Governor Patterson of New York. This was one of the most shameful interviews I've ever seen. It was shameful because someone who was not there as an Obama surrogate was put on the spot, and was quizzed, rather than interviewed.
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