Friday, January 23, 2009

Quote of the Day: Steve M.

Steve of No More Mister Nice Blog on the Gillibrand pick:

Governor Paterson is a second-generation Democratic pol. He’s protecting the party from an enemy that used to be a lot stronger than it is.

Exactly.  Read it all.

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/23/09 at 11:39 AM

Simple Answers #328

From bugfucker:

As that truth unveils itself, may we speak it? At long last, is one finally allowed to say no to ponyism without being called a bugf—ker?



Posted by Kevin K. on 01/23/09 at 09:59 AM

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Gillibrand, Guns & Gays

From Newsday:

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said Thursday Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand’s gun control views make her unacceptable for the U.S. Senate and threatened a primary challenge in 2010 if Gov. David A. Paterson selects the Hudson Democrat to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.

McCarthy, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after her husband died and her son was injured in the 1993 massacre at the Long Island Rail Road’s Merillon Avenue station that killed six people and injured 19 others, said she is “furious” about reports that Paterson today may select Gillibrand, who last year earned an “A” grade from the National Rifle Association.

“I’ve spent 15 years trying to prevent gun violence in this country, and if he does pick her and if no one goes and primaries her, I will primary her,” McCarthy said. “I will do that. I’m not going to give up on this. I’m not going to let New York State get represented by someone who gets a 100 percent rating from the NRA.”

Sen. Charles Schumer, who like McCarthy is a strong proponent of gun control, asked the Mineola Democrat to refrain from protesting Gillibrand’s selection, McCarthy said. [...]

“He said, ‘Why don’t you give her a chance?’ ” McCarthy said. “I said, ‘I’ve talked to her on the floor, I’m sorry, I can’t.’ “

Schumer spokesman Josh Vlasto confirmed McCarthy called Schumer Thursday. He “made it clear to the congresswoman that he didn’t know if it was Gillibrand, but if it was, like any Democrat, we should give that person a chance,” Vlasto said.

McCarthy said she will boycott today’s Albany ceremony in which she said she expects Paterson to announce Gillibrand as the Senate pick.

And Gillibrand is a steaming pile of wingnut suck on a few other fronts as well:

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Posted by Kevin K. on 01/23/09 at 12:34 AM

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Caroline Kennedy Withdraws Senate Seat Bid amidst Swirling Controversy

The New York Times is reporting that Caroline Kennedy called NY Gov. David Paterson late last night to tell him that she was taking her name out of contention for the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.  Various reasons are being given for this decision including vague references to tax problems and a housekeeper.  (Aside, are they mixing her up with Tim Geithner?)  The story gets even more confusing with reports, first, of hard feelings towards Kennedy by the governor’s staff people, claims that Paterson was on the verge of picking her v. claims that he had rejected the idea some time ago, late night e-mails in which Kennedy said she was withdrawing, then she wasn’t and finally a report, which was later vehemently denied, that she cited health issues of her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, who suffered a seizure Tuesday at Barack Obama’s luncheon and is fighting brain cancer.

Regardless, she does seem to have withdrawn and the most interesting piece of news to come out of this is that Paterson has now announced that the front runner is Harriet Christian!

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Posted by marindenver on 01/22/09 at 07:12 PM

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Barack Obama Is More Popular Than Sex!

That’s right you sexy things, you. This happened a few days ago, but it’s worth noting:

A national poll suggests that President-elect Barack Obama is more popular than ever despite recent speed bumps on the road to his inauguration.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Sunday also indicates that most Americans see Obama’s inauguration as a chance for the nation to come together.

Eighty-four percent of those surveyed say they approve of how Obama is handling the presidential transition. That’s up 2 points from the middle of December and up 5 points from the beginning of December.

Damn. 84 percent.

Now check this out, a survey of Americans’ attitudes towards sex:

Men Women
Think about sex every day70% 34%
Enjoy sex a “great deal”83% 59%

So the percentage of Americans who approve of Barack Obama’s performance is higher than the percentage of American men who enjoy their own performance!


Of course, this survey was taken in 2004, when Bush was president, when there was no point in continuing to populate the world, so maybe sex is now actually more popular than Obama. We’ll have to just wait and see.

You’ve got a lot riding on this, Mr. President.

Posted by Noah on 01/22/09 at 06:14 PM

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2008 Oscar Nominations Open Thread

I’m a sucker for the Academy Awards and, as I’ve noted in the past, I’ve got a pretty good track record when it comes to picking the winners.  The nominations were just announced this morning and you can check them out here.  A couple of quick observations:

  • The biggest surprise, by far, is that Bruce Springsteen wasn’t nominated for the title song of The Wrestler, which recently won a Golden Globe.  That would have been one of my sure bets for a win (along with Heath Ledger for best supporting actor and WALL-E for animated feature film). How did that get excluded, especially when they only picked three songs?  Weird.
  • It’s good to see Martin McDonagh get a nod for best original screenplay for In Bruges, one of my favorite films of the year and, unfortunately, one of the most underrated.
  • I still haven’t seen any of the films starring the actresses nominated for best in a leading role. I had planned on seeing Doubt, primarily because I hate the baby Jesus and I desperately need to scrub away every last memory of Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia, which Chris and I made the horrible mistake of watching recently, but I either don’t care to see a couple of them (Rachel & Changeling) or don’t know anything about the other two (Frozen River? Where in the hell did that come from?). Any of them worth checking out?
  • Richard Jenkins is an asshole. Thank god he doesn’t stand a chance in hell of winning. I’ll be cheering for Mickey Rourke, but I’m not sure who’s going to win in this category.  It could easily go to anyone except for Jenkins, who, in case you missed it the first time, is an asshole.

Feel free to make some early picks in the comments or rave about some films you loved in 2008.

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/22/09 at 10:14 AM

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Plugs for Pals

Two of my bestest buddies in the world are rocking the biggies “on the online”... Robert Lanham takes a look at the cancellation of Rick Warren’s “profoundly historical” webcast at HuffPo and Noah Sussman selects his top ten 10 Obama visual memes from the 2008 campaign at his new blog Nerdabout New York (bookmark it!) hosted by the fine folks at the Science Channel. Get your geek on, yo.

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/22/09 at 09:07 AM

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Are you starting to change?

Loved this:

Posted by poputonian on 01/22/09 at 09:04 AM

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Literally speaking

I raised my hand, just like the president, and my oath was to support and defend the Constitution, and not the director of an agency, not a classification on a piece of paper, but ultimately the Constitution, and these things were against the law, that were happening, so I was just doing my job, really.

One target of the illegal surveillance: journalists and the media.

[h/t mcjoan]

Posted by poputonian on 01/22/09 at 09:03 AM

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Eric Holder Scares the Crap out of Rethugs with Three Little Words

Waterboarding.  Is.  Torture.


Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)* this afternoon led the Republican charge to delay Holder’s confirmation vote  before the Senate Judiciary Committee for at least a week.  His reason:

Cornyn said he was concerned about Holder’s definition of waterboarding as illegal torture at his confirmation hearing last week.

Cornyn also expressed concern that Holder’s view of the issue could open intelligence officials to prosecution. Intelligence officials used what they called “enhanced interrogation” during the Bush administration to obtain information about national security threats.

Intelligence officials?  Possibly that’s his main concern.  But I suspect he’s a lot more worried about people who were farther up the chain of command.

Cornyn has been double teaming with Arlen Specter to try and derail Holder’s nomination if possible, to the point of Specter absurdly comparing Holder unfavorably to Alberto Gonzales (!!!!) and dredging up the Clinton pardon of Marc Rich.

Given the Democratic majority and the prevailing approval by the American public of Holder’s position on torture, not to mention his stated intention to remove politics from the Justice Department and bring back the rule of law, Holder will eventually be confirmed.  But the Repubs aren’t happy about it.  Or should I say they’re crapping their pants about it?

*  Yes, that John Cornyn, the one who needlessly delayed Hillary’s confirmation before the full Senate by a day apparently just for . . . spite!

Posted by marindenver on 01/21/09 at 06:50 PM

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Seriously… fucking cool is this?

President Obama meets with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel Wednesday morning in the Oval Office.
(Pete Souza/White House)

Nearly as cool as this.

It’s going to be really nice having someone I respect and trust in the White House again.  It’s been such a long, ugly ride that I’m having a little bit of trouble processing it.

RELATED: If you haven’t done so, check out the new White House web site.

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/21/09 at 02:46 PM

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Malia, Sasha!  We’ve Found Your Dog!  Or Even Two Dogs!


My goodness aren’t they cute!  These golden doodle pups are rescued puppy mill dogs and are currently in foster care in Colorado Springs according to this press release issued yesterday by National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) and Best Friends.  Their names are Stella and Susie. And, heck, the White House is huge - you guys could have two dogs.  One for each of you! 

NMDR and Best Friends are non-profit organizations committed to ending the commercial puppy mill breeding industry and finding loving homes for these dogs and other shelter animals.  Puppy mill organizations are particularly egregious as the breeding dogs are kept in small, unsanitary cages with little or no human contact.  The puppies are sold for high prices in pet stores and the prospective owners are usually unaware of the health problems these poor pups have due to the circumstances under which they were bred and raised.  The press release notes that, when rescued, both puppies had various infections, including pneumonia, but now are completely healthy and house trained and adds:

The adoption of Stella and/or Susie would go a long way toward sending a strong message to current and future pet owners: Adoption, coupled with effective spay-neuter programs, enables abused, abandoned dogs to obtain a new lease on life and helps control pet overpopulation.

So we hope the Obama family will think about giving one or both of these beautiful pups a “forever home” and themselves a loving and devoted companion.

h/t to kcindenver who is a volunteer with National Mill Dog Rescue (and who her mom is very proud of!)

Posted by marindenver on 01/21/09 at 12:15 PM

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration thread 2: Hell freezes over?


It’s not hell, but it’s damn near freezing over here. It might snow in the Tampa Bay area tonight for the first time in 32 years. I remember the last snowfall. We got to stay home from school. It was the first time I ever saw snow. It’s supposed to be back up in the 70s again this weekend though. Don’t hate me because I don’t need a parka.

Speaking of hell freezing over, a black dude with the middle name “Hussein” was sworn in as president of the United States today. Get the fuck out, y’all! I’ve been as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning all day. Hope everyone else enjoyed it too. Now comes the hard part. Here are a few random impressions:

Didn’t Rick Warren suck? How on earth did he manage to find so many willing sheep to fleece with that lame-ass messaging and mealy-mouthed delivery? Was I just projecting, or did Michelle’s brother grow a little exasperated during the interminable prayer? Lowery, though—that’s the kind of dude that could drag my heathen ass back to church.

I loved Obama’s speech. I thought he brought the shit right to Bush and Cheney and dumped it in their laps. Shorter Obama: “We’re not going to be criminally arrogant, irresponsible, war-mongering, anti-science, plutocratic, xenophobic pricks like these guys.” Amen!

The song that plays at every inaugural ball the Obamas attend – “At Last” – was the Cracker wedding song, and it warms the cockles of my heart each and every time I hear it.

That’s what I remember. What will you take away from this day?

Posted by Betty Cracker on 01/20/09 at 11:34 PM

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Hell on Wheels

From The New York Times inauguration live blog:

Cheney in a Wheelchair | 8:11 a.m. Later today you’ll see an unfortunate metaphor for the departing Bush administration. Vice President Dick Cheney hurt a back muscle yesterday as he was moving boxes out of the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory. And now he plans to attend the swearing in ceremony in a wheelchair. Lame duck metaphors are too easy; but consider that Mr. Cheney’s favorability ratings are about 13 percent, while President Bush’s hover in the low 20s. But Mr. Cheney’s mode of transport makes you think about what eight years in these jobs can do to a man.

“But Mr. Cheney’s Satan’s mode of transport makes you think about what eight years in these jobs at the hands of this soulless monster can do to a man country.”


Posted by Kevin K. on 01/20/09 at 09:29 AM

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Inauguration Open Thread

The Capitol in Washington early on Tuesday—The New York Times

Here’s info on following the inauguration online and MTV actually has a pretty good schedule of the day’s events here. Newsday has a more exhaustive one here.

Chris and I will be drinking the best bloody marys in Brooklyn at my friend’s restaurant if anyone needs me…

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/20/09 at 09:00 AM

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