October 30, 2008
Today was/is probably the final opportune day for an October Surprise to be released, and unless it happens soon, any positive impact will be for naught.
If that bounty offered for the LA Time Tape to be leaked has not had an impact, especially in the light of layoffs at the newspaper, I wonder if those being laid off are scared of getting the "Joe The Plumber" treatment.
According to some tipster, this is what:
Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can't release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying "Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine" plus there's been "genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis."
It would be really controversial if it got out. That's why they will not even let a transcript get out.
I don't want to speculate too wildly, but I can't say I disbelieve that scenario. After all, as Treacher says, if a diplomatically worded 90-second video greeting is enough to prove that Gov. Palin is a seccessionist, surely then tipster's word can mean something.
October 29, 2008
Now, time to teach the Taliban a few things.
Short reaction? Yawn. It seems pretty clear that Obama did have an affair (who wouldn't if you were married that that harpy) and that she skipped the country to keep it secret.
Not included in this report are any details about possible string-pulling by the Daleys. That would be more damaging but in the end none of this will have any effect on the election.
In fact, even if it had come out two weeks ago it wouldn't have mattered. There is no smoking gun. There is no picture of him snorting coke of a hooker's ass. Its just heresay and circumstance pointing to an affair that 95% of the people voting for Obama won't care about anyway.
The element of the story that should get traction is the blatant, disgusting favoritism and malpractice of the media. They've all apparently known about this for weeks or months but are sitting on it. Whether because of ideological bias or profit motive (probably both) the media has sold its ethics out for the millionth time in this election cycle.
But in the end, this won't help McCain win an election. At most it will keep flashy "special report" graphics designers busy for the next year or two. Whoop-de-fucking-doo.
October 28, 2008
DOW up nearly 900 points. That's nearly 11%.
Now, maybe I'm an idiot but if consumer confidence is at its lowest point ever how is the market shooting through the roof?
I just don't understand economics.
October 27, 2008
October 24, 2008
But no, it isn't because she was shot on sight:
The Buffalo woman whose infant son became ill on crack cocaine and opiates at a party almost five months ago was spared a jail term Tuesday.
City Judge Joseph A. Fiorella orderedMarceia D. Dixon, 20, to submit to unannounced drug testing and warrantless searches of her new home while she is on probation for the next year. In sparing her a jail term, he said he was impressed with her “evidence of remorse” and her willingness to turn her life around.
Fiorella imposed the maximum- allowable probation for her Aug. 18 plea to a charge of attempted child endangerment for the June 6 incident at a Grider Street party.
The judge also ordered her to submit to City Court’s drug court program to overcome her “issues with marijuana,” maintain the job she recently obtained and get her high school equivalency diploma. He also fined her $160.
What about overcoming her issue with... I don't know... fucking crack? And I paid more than that for a speeding ticket.
Exit Question: Why couldn't someone like Ashley "WEE" Todd have eaten a little more crack as a child?
Why was I so quick to side with her so unequivocally? I have a friend who travels around the country inspecting power plants (or something like that). One morning, after working a night shift he came back to his hotel, and someone was waiting for him. He was raped at knife point. Afterward, he told me that he just went on like nothing had happened for two days.
By the time that he came to grips with what happened and sought medical attention and the police, it was too late. The security tapes had been taped over and the man was never found.
He said that, for several reasons (including his sexuality), a lot of people didn't believe him.
So I guess I personalized it a bit too much.
P.S. - I did check with him before writing and he said it was fine, so long as I made sure to also say that he's doing a lot better now.
P.S.S. - Sorry this post was such a downer. I'll make up for it later, I promise!
I say we give him the $54 million in pennies from 2000 feet of altitude:
A former administrative law judge who unsuccessfully sued a dry cleaner for $54 million over a pair of lost pants tried to convince an appeals panel Wednesday that he deserves the money because he is a fraud victim.
"This is not a case about a pair of suit pants," Roy L. Pearson argued before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Rather, it is about whether the owners of a neighborhood business misled consumers with a sign that claimed "Satisfaction Guaranteed," he said.
"There is an unconditional guarantee," he argued, unless the merchant indicates otherwise.
I think I should sue him for mental distress. The damage caused by his existence to my world-view and psyche is worth at least $20,000,000. I could use that money to pay for therapy after Obama wins.
Of course, I'll have my own type of therapy in the form of my much-anticipated "Things That Are Obama's Fault Today" series.
October 23, 2008
Obama definitely deserves to be investigated and probably deserves to go to jail.
Just one problem. Who is going to send him there? Really. Think about it. Over and over the Republicans in general and the Bush Administration in particular have opted not to pursue legal action against Democrats even though there have been numerous legitimate opportunities. Their excuse seems to be, "its not worth the trouble." Its not worth the public backlash and protests and frothing leftist outrage to, I don't know, follow the rules.
Well, I think the Democrats noticed how gunshy the Republicans are after the Clinton investigations backfired because now they aren't even trying to hide it anymore. They just openly violate the law with explicit media support and nobody calls them on it.
Honestly, are you telling me that, were McCain to have taken $5,000,000 in donations from bogus addresses and names he wouldn't have been murdered by the media and subsequently the FEC? Obama won't even get fined.
We are about to watch Obama steal this election and nobody is going to call him on it in the interest of keeping the waters calm and the atmosphere friendly.
Fuck that. Its time to draw the line in the sand. We can't let the reward for massive, coordinated voter and fundraising fraud be a trip to the white house.
The million dollar question is: How do we stop them when our leaders aren't brave enough to press charges?
Update: I realize I'm not articulating this idea very well so maybe some of the more intelligent out there can put it better. The idea is that the left is now aware that they can simply break the laws and in an attempt to prevent strife, the right has decided to simply not prosecute even though these violations are becoming EGREGIOUS.
I think they are afraid that if they crush Obama's election because he's habitually breaking the law they'll be called election stealers and racists even more than they already are. Is this making sense to anyone because even when I read it, its missing something.
Update 2: Below the fold...more...
The result was Pig-Wrapped Pig-Stuffed Pig, for which Webster won Mario Batali's Ultimate Grilling Challenge on Friday, announced on Rachael Ray's daytime talk show. A newcomer to cooking competitions (he has competed in the annual Build A Better Burger Contest with no success), Webster was strategic about his recipe.
"When I started planning my entry months ago," explains Webster, "I was really thinking about Batali's sensibilities. I knew he was a huge fan of pork."
Thus, his dish features homemade pork sausage flavored gently with orange zest and toasted fennel, stuffed in a pork tenderloin, then wrapped carefully with pancetta and grilled. It's a bold marriage of flavors, contrasting salty and sweet — but still, as Webster asserts, a simple dish.
"Everybody thinks that to be good, a recipe has to be complicated. The thing I keep hearing and reading is to keep it simple. I think that holds true. There are seven ingredients in my recipe . . . and three of them are pork. Some of the recipes entered had 50 ingredients, with four hours of prep time and diagrams. The longest single step of mine was grilling, which really meant opening the grill and turning the meat over."
Though there are few ingredients, the techniques, including making sausage, require some skills. The recipe is hardly for beginners.
Along with the recipe, Webster had to submit a video of himself preparing the dish. Webster's skill in the kitchen shines through. As with many 21st century home cooks, he credits the Food Network for his competence in the kitchen.
And Georgia may still be in a bit of trouble.
Georgia says Russia has deployed 2,000 additional troops in the pro-Russian breakaway region of South Ossetia, a move Russia denies.
If the Georgian claim is true, the build-up would violate a cease-fire deal that ended a five-day military conflict in August.
The Georgian Interior Ministry voiced fear over the alleged buildup and said Thursday Russia appears to be "preparing provocations" in South Ossetia. A spokesman, Shota Utiashvili, says there are now seven-thousand Russian troops in South Ossetia alone.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov countered with accusations that European monitors in Georgia are ignoring Georgian troop movements near South Ossetia and another breakaway territory, Abkhazia.
Listen dickface, I think we should be a bit more worried when the aggressor pads their O-Line than when the victims attempt to align themselves to deal with further invasions.
I worry that the Soviets will wait until we're in the midst of a power transfer before really putting the nails to their ex-vassals. After the financial meltdown, it looks like Ukraine is pretty ripe, too.
October 22, 2008
It comes from Lisa Schiffren:
Had she been a creature of Washington, Palin would have had closet full of suits, unexciting, perhaps, but appropriate. Had she been a former First Lady running for president, whose husband has raked in $109 million in the last 8 years, she could have called Oscar de la Renta, and and [sic] had him come for a fitting.Perhaps Palin should have shown up in off-the-rack digs from Nordstrom's, but (as Schiffren says) would that have conveyed the authority of a Vice President or President? Doubtful. The pictures of Palin in the Malkin post linked earlier are very appealing, but you can't exactly show up to a state dinner in your North Face fleece and your jogging shoes.
Instead, she had zero time and no personal fortune. And she faced the terrible hurdle of being young and attractive — the very sort of woman who most desperately needs wardrobe cues to make her look authoritative. If she had had to pay for it herself, she could not have run. The bill would have been ruinous to a genuinely middle class person. So the GOP did what it had to do in order to put a non-rich woman on a national ticket. Whatever one thinks of the choice — and I am a supporter — it's nice to see that someone was thinking about the details. The difference between Palin at the announcement in Dayton, and Palin at the convention was a subtle but impressive transformation. Subtle always costs more. As a sometime GOP donor, I begrudge her none of it.
(Do you think that DPUD knew the blog would devolve into a femmy fashion blog so soon after inviting both alexthechick and me on board? I think we feed off each other. It's like a dorkier version of Go Fug Yourself.)
October 21, 2008
MUST CREDIT MORON PUNDIT:
In a stunning development, recent research has determined that every news story, historical document, interview and speech regarding or given by Barack Obama confirms that he is, in fact, a lying, unqualified DoucheNozzle.
Clete Washer, president of the Douchebag Research Institute says:
Basically everything he says is a calculated lie. Our research not only provides conclusive evidence that he is a douchenozzle but that he may, in fact, present to America the first presidential candidate douche trifecta(bag, nozzle and fluid).
And that doesn't even take into account how unqualified he is. Every association, mentor, friend or enemy he has ever had only magnifies his capacity to clean and freshen female genetalia. This is quite unprecedented.
Bumped due to accidental delete
Moron Pundit: Living up to his name every day!more...
October 20, 2008
Bernanke's remarks before the House Budget Committee marked his first endorsement of another round of energizing stimulus, something that Democrats on Capitol Hill have been pushing. The Bush administration, however, has been cool to the notion.
"With the economy likely to be weak for several quarters, and with some risk of a protracted slowdown, consideration of a fiscal package by the Congress at this juncture seems appropriate," Bernanke testified.
Well, leave it to the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board to slice like a hammer.
Mr. Bernanke could have begged off -- and would have been wiser to do so -- given how much the Fed has already made itself a political lightning rod with its many Wall Street interventions. He might also have thought twice about endorsing one party's policy preferences a mere two weeks before Election Day given his obligation to preserve the Fed's independence. We can remember when tougher Fed chairmen used to refrain from adjusting interest rates close to an election for fear of seeming to be political; they would never have dreamed of meddling in campaign tax and spending debates.
Perhaps Mr. Bernanke's blunderbuss political intrusion will win him more Democrat friends, and maybe even Mr. Obama's goodwill. To the rest of the world, he has harmed the Fed and made himself less credible.
October 19, 2008
The reasoning? Why, in part because Gov. Palin's on the bottom of the ticket.
As for other reasons...well, I'll figure that out after I decipher why Beyonce, Oprah, will.i.am, Rep. John Lewis, Gov. Deval Patrick, etc. endorsed him.
So, will Obama accept the endorsement of one of the central figures who aided Bush's entry into Iraq? Wait and see.
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