From the Washington Post's baby blogger Ezra Klein...
The president won't give his annual State of the Union address until later tonight, but in an important way, the speech has already worked. For the past week or so, news report after news report has dutifully relayed the argument the president is planning to offer tonight: America needs to be competitive going forward, and to be competitive going forward, it needs to invest in things like infrastructure, R&D and education, not just reduce the deficit.
And it's...worked. The conversation has changed. We've stopped just talking about deficits and begun talking about investments. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was on "Meet the Press" on Sunday fretting that the word "invest" is mere code for "more spending." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed him on "Fox News Sunday." “With all due respect to our Democratic friends, any time they want to spend, they call it investment," he said....
It looks like we're going to have an argument over investment in this country, not just over deficit reduction. Obama will get to present his case that economic leadership requires investing in infrastructure and education and research, as well as cutting the deficit, and Republicans will be able to make their argument that the strategy should be pretty much all cuts.
I don't want to carp on his age, mostly because I'm only four years older than he is, but the naiveté this guy oozes makes me wonder if he is part of some ageist affirmative action program the Washington Post hasn't told us about. I'm sure Ezra is a nice guy, but analysis like this makes it so hard to believe he's been in the game as long as he has in his 26 years of life.
Maybe it's just that he's a product of an ideology that is myopically married to the notion that govnerment, in spite of its solid 80 year track record of failure in the extra-constitutional duties it has assumed since FDR was president, will save us so we can stop our worrying and go back to feeling like the United States is indestructible again.
Maybe it's a product of watching too much of what Hollywood puts out when it weaves politics into its programming. Where liberals invariably win using uninformed one-sided arguments (that you can't find only on Fox News) that he thinks this "changing of the conversation" to "investment" to reduce the deficit is the endgame to what they view as the Great Right Backslide of 2010.
Obama's stimulus was one of these vaunted "investments," one component of that investment was spending up to $10,000 on one single sign letting us know that stimulus money was being "invested" in...signs....roadwork, and by their own admission, non-existent shovel-ready projects.
I want Ezra to explain to me how this "changed" conversation will explain how spending nearly a trillion dollars on projects that produced little more than having fewer potholes on the road can set us on the path to long term economic stability, to say nothing of actual prosperity, that eventually gets our government to a point where it collects more revenue than it spends.
The left can wet themselves over the curve ball they think Obama is about to throw, but their idea of "investment" already has a track record, so I'm dying to know why they think this time will be different.
For two years I haven't seen one syllable come from the left that even hints at a serious solution for bringing the deficit, and ultimately the debt, down. Any talking head that that tries to suggest that cutting spending is not the only path deficit reduction is either attempting a move into comedy, or being human is too blasé for them and now they want to try their hand at frightened ostrich.
Republicans seem to be the only ones that understand that even though you'll see black doing this...
it is NOT the way we'll get out of being in the red. That is not "fretting," that is responding to the "tah dah" of the Ezra Kleins of the world putting lipstick on the pig of spending when we're trillions and trillions in the hole, and then telling us THAT is the path to deficit reduction.
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I talked to a psychic about what the future holds and I've got good news and bad news about it.
The good news is Obama isn't president after 2012.
The bad news....
The only glimmer of hope I can offer is that she had to ask why I wanted to see her, so maybe she's a
On the day after the Roe v. Wade anniversary Rahm Emmanuel rethinks the landmark case after judges take his run for Mayor of Chicago and abort it.
Pro-choicers fail to see irony of Roe v. Wade anniversary celebration featuring a cake adorned with 38 pink and blue birthday candles.
Biden uninvited from State of the Union after suggestion to "boost" the bipartisan spirit prior to the speech by staging a battle with purple paint balls.Add a comment
America's assassins drape themselves in the American flag and are motivated by some misguided sense of patriotism.
Maybe that's not how they actually view it. Maybe I should read the articles...but right now I'm judging this book by its cover, and I'm not sure how else this illustration is supposed to be interpreted.
The message this cover conveys is, of course, in total contradistinction to the REAL patriots in America.
They don't wave the flag, much less wear it like a super-villian costume.
They don't want to carry the burden of arrogance to ask for God's blessing on America, much less the burden of believing in Him in the first place.
They partake in revolution, and much like it's impossible for black people to be racist, revolutionaries can't assasinate.
These REAL patriots invite the Chinese president to the White House for a state dinner his country is paying for. They include in the festivities a performance by a Chinese pianist, who plays a song that serves the function of being anti-American propaganda in China, for OUR president.
In OUR freakin' White House!
After weeks of it being made clear that this Jared Loughner guy is so completely Looney Tunes that he should be illustrated as draped in a flag donning the Warner Brothers logo and made, by him, from the fur of Bugs Bunny himself...we get this....
After it has been made crystal clear this is about mental disability and NOT poltics. We get this cover from NewsWEAK.
Before you plop down $4.95, or whatever price I would never pay for what amounts to glossy toilet paper, keep in mind that the best price they could get for the damn thing, when the powers that were over there were trying to sell it, was ONE DOLLAR.
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Apparently one representative from the Republican and Democratic caucuses were charged with writing a recipe for cookies commemorating the bipartisan spirit of this years State of the Union address, which was suggested by Democrats after they lost their historic grip on power. Yeah yeah, that's just right-wing conspiracy theory bluster.
It might be just me, but it seems easy to figure out which side contributed to each section of the recipe...
2011 State of the Union Bipartisan Chip Cookies:
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 2 large eggs,beaten
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 289 chocolate chips (for the number of Republicans)
• 244 buffalo chips (for the number of Congressional Democrats
Preheat the rhetoric to 375 degrees. Mix sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl by hand. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. The dough will be very stiff.
Now would be a good time to note that while they are not on the list of ingredients it would be nice if you added equal amounts of brown vanilla, brown flour, brown baking soda, and brown salt to avoid a cookie where sugar is the only progressive ingredient in a treat baked by a racist.
That said, be sure that the dough is well mixed before moving on. If you think adding these ingredients will be detrimental to the taste of the cookie and will make the baking process take longer it is advised that you do your best to accept what you need to do and make sure you budget the extra time so you wont be late for your klan meeting.
Now that you have ruined what could be delicious dough, but for "progressive" meddling, you can stir in the chocolate chips by hand. You'll need to use a sturdy wooden spoon for this and a bit of muscle so make sure the conservative in the kitchen is handling this part.
Once the chocolate chips are thoroughly mixed you can further ruin the cookie's potential by introducing the buffalo chips. If you're from the coasts and don't know what it's like to live in the real America, buffalo chips, like "progressive" thought, is dried out, hardened and easy to ignite buffalo crap.
You can add nuts, at this time if desired, but if you do this you probably wouldn't need the buffalo chips.
Keep stirring and folding the chocolate and buffalo chips into the dough until they are evenly mixed and dispersed. (This makes sure people can't notice there are more chocolate chips than buffalo ones!)
Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto and ungreased cookie sheet. The cookies need to be this far apart because the dough spreads during cooking. And unless you're some psycho Glenn Beck fan who needs a knife wielding outlet, no sane person wants to cut the cookies apart after baking.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown, because that's as far as the right will go before they start feeling uncomfortable about the color, which will probably bother them more than the buffalo chips.
Like any good RINO the centers of the cookies will be soft. Let them cool completely then remove from cookie sheet. If you're the type of person that loves cookies unconditionally and thinks this batch smells so delicious that you can't wait to eat them, please be sure to have the number for poison control handy and check your local listings for a therapist competent enough to address your clear disorder.
For Republicans who openly criticize conservatives, or even leave the party to become Democrat, the proper baking time would be more along the lines of 15 minutes. The cookies will be tough and crispy, and not as preferable as a properly baked cookie, but that is what the recipe calls for. Besides, you sort of asked for it.
So lets see the finished product...
Mmmmmmmm! Doesn't that look delish? Lets see what our celebrity judge has to say...
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A privacy law that shields birth certificates has prompted Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie to abandon efforts to dispel claims that President Barack Obama was born outside Hawaii, his office says.
State Attorney General David Louie told the governor that privacy laws bar him from disclosing an individual's birth documentation without the person's consent, Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said Friday.
"There is nothing more that Gov. Abercrombie can do within the law to produce a document," said Dela Cruz. "Unfortunately, there are conspirators who will continue to question the citizenship of our president."
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The problem with the birthers is that they are so fringe that nobody takes them seriously. They're simply not numerous enough to develop the clout to force the issue. That said, I'm not a birther and the whole thing is starting to look suspicious to me. I'd bet I'm not alone...
To be sure, the birthers will never be satisfied regardless. However, this should be a really simple task. Obama, with the power of the presidency at disposal, could end this with the snap of a finger. It's really interesting that he simply wont do it. This isn't the same as Bush's refusal to talk about his drug use. This is much deeper than that.
At this point it really looks like Abercrombie is getting a heaping helping of Kenyan spaghetti...
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We hardly knew ye...mostly because we were tuning into Fox News instead of you. Thankfully the blogosphere is around to let us know the latest is on all the clowns over at the MSNBC circus. If not for that we probably would've thought the cancellation of "Countdown" would've meant the retirement of the Count from Sesame Street.
From Hope 'n Change
Don't let the whore hit you on the way out Keith! Or do let her...I don't know, maybe thats how MSNBC "personalities" roll.Add a comment
Poll shows Mike Huckabee's lead for GOP nomination disappears after voters are asked to say "President Huckabee."
Poll finding liberals likely to support Huckabee over Obama explained by excitement to use the "Buck Fush" wordplay on him.
Hawaii's governor says his search of Obama's birth certificate will continue as soon as he completes the paperwork required to obtain a passport.
Keith Olbermann leaves MSNBC to pursue an opportunity with a cable access channel, larger audience.Add a comment
The criminal accusations spanned several states and several decades, encompassing figures from seven mob families, and led to the arrest of nearly 125 people on federal charges on Thursday.
There were murders, including a double homicide over a spilled drink in a Queens bar. There were the more run-of-the-mill activities associated with organized crime: racketeering, extortion, loan-sharking, money laundering, gambling and the like.
These guys apparently had some really colorful nicknames. Which got me thinking...what would be some good liberal mobster nicknames?
Michelle Obama aka "Fat-Free Candy A$$"
Eric Holder aka "Black Pantha Cracka Jacka"
Chuck Schumer aka "The Big A$$hole"
Charlie Rangel aka "The Slum-lard"
Al Sharpton aka "Reverend Clump"
Harry Reid aka "The Pink Taco Stand"
Nancy Pelosi aka "The Broomstick Jockey" "Grossie Pelosi," and "Ajar Face"
Joy Behar aka "Rude Dude" and "Mama Crass"
Janet Napolitano "The Al Qaeda Diamond" aka "Right-Wing Blame Gamer"
Al Gore aka "CFC" aka "Climate Fire Crotch"
Hillary Clinton aka "Shrill Pill"
Bill Clinton aka "Dress Messer"
Barney Frank aka "Dong Bonger"
Michael Moore aka "King Hippo," "Flabba Jaba the Hut," "Wide Shot" and "The Lens Crap"
Bill Maher aka "The Atheist Nose God"
Helen Thomas aka "Mama Maher," and "Prescription Beer Goggles"
Joe Biden aka "The Scholar," "The Brain Dust," and "Gaffey Taffy"
John Edwards aka "Johnny Crappleseed"
Barack Hussein Obama aka "Hope Dope Smoker," "Teleprompter Romper," and "The Marxman"
So, what did I miss?Add a comment