Indefinite Detention? But I Have Soccer Practice at 4: U.S. Politics 2012

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You are as predictable as me saying that this is a consequential election because the Prez will nominate Supreme Court and other Federal judges

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

iirc our last least consequential election in history was 2000

iatee, Monday, 9 January 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

iirc our last least consequential election in history was 2000

iatee, Monday, 9 January 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm getting very curmugeony about hearing about gabby giffords

if i was in her district i would be wondering when we were going to get adequate representation back.

goole, Monday, 9 January 2012 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah srsly. She may be an example of A Remarkable Recovery but the Diane Sawyers interview six or seven weeks ago had all kinds of trick editing and cuts which was bait for a skeptic like me.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 January 2012 17:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

she'll still be able to cast pro-NRA votes, I figure.

curmudgeon: the Democratic Voter Doll has one hand holding its nose and squeals "the Supreme Court" when you squeeze it.

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 January 2012 17:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

XP Goole - I am in her district and I think that all the time... Like, why was there not an appointment? I mean I'm glad she's doing OK but everytime I feel the urge to call my rep. I remember, "oh that's not going to do much... even less than usual."

Frobisher (Viceroy), Monday, 9 January 2012 17:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

whoa, Daley is stepping down as Chief of Staff?

your pain is probably equal (Z S), Monday, 9 January 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

wan't that announced months in advance?

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 January 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

In November, he handed off some day-to-day management duties to Peter Rouse, a senior adviser to the president. I thought he had left in November, but now he's leaving permanently.

Jacob Lew, from OMB (and previously in the Clinton administration ) will be the new chief of staff.

Jacob Lew, is not a Goldman Sachs alumnus. No, he’s a former hedge fund manager who also worked with Citigroup (from whom he received a mammoth payout before he left in 2009).
http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/new-roosevelt/skip-my-lew-no-more-president-obama

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

she'll still be able to cast pro-NRA votes, I figure.

as a former intern for GG who took calls from her constituents on a daily basis (half of which tended to be extremist 'border' talk) i can attest that GG is as liberal a rep as this district will ever elect.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 9 January 2012 20:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

not going to doubt that

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 January 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

x-post -

Ezra Klein with the inside the beltway take on Jacob Jack Lew:

In Congress, Lew’s stock is unusually high. He has emerged as one of the members of the Obama administration Republicans prefer working with. Earlier this year, Ben Smith, then at Politico, profiled Lew under the headline: “Lew: A liberal GOP says it trusts.” The piece included an admiring comment from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/the-difference-between-jack-lew-and-bill-daley/2011/08/25/gIQAtts3lP_blog.html?hpid=z1

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Reading the chapter on Obamacare in Taibbi's Griftopia this morning was such a depressing, enervating experience that I sought comfort in Coriolanus.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 January 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

He has emerged as one of the members of the Obama administration Republicans prefer working with.

well sayonara to that then

goole, Monday, 9 January 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

really like this "megabank rotation" we're setting up here, makes the process smoother

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 9 January 2012 21:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Reading the chapter on Obamacare in Taibbi's Griftopia this morning was such a depressing, enervating experience that I sought comfort in Coriolanus.

― lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 January 2012 20:36 (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

brutal. how are both of these btw? coriolanus sounds good but has some awful 2002 heavy rock song on its trailer*

*btw i'm assuming you mean the film, i feel like a philistine if you were flipping pages of the play

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Monday, 9 January 2012 22:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

the play. Lots of germane speeches.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 January 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

but no gerard butler

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Monday, 9 January 2012 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Here's the big story of the day (Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's secret involvement in the 2009 White House Halloween party) !:

A variety of conservative media outlets, including Fox News, the New York Post, and the Daily Caller, are worked up this week about a newly-discovered White House outrage: a 2009 Halloween party.

It’s tough pinpoint exactly what it is the right is upset about, but it seems to boil down to two main complaints: the White House (1) threw a lavish Halloween party during a recession; and (2) kept the event “secret.”

that's from: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/

While the Washington Post's Reliable Source gossip page says:

If Johnny Depp and Tim Burton came to your party, think you might mention it?

Of course you would — heck, you’d probably tweet the minute they walked in the door. But the White House didn’t say a word, which explains the tempest in a teapot over the 2009 “Alice in Wonderland” Halloween party.

In her new book “The Obamas,” author Jodi Kantor describes the first family’s trick-or-treat extravaganza in Washington: More than 2,000 military kids and local students received treats from the president and Michelle Obama (fetchingly dressed as a leopard) while dancers and acrobats roamed the North Lawn. Inside, there was an invitation-only party for about 200 people — mostly military families and White House staffers. “Star Wars” characters mingled with the crowd, and the State Dining room was decorated like a crazy tea party by Burton, whose “Alice in Wonderland” was a few months from release. His star, Depp, greeted the guests in his Mad Hatter costume.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/post/why-was-white-house-mum-on-johnny-depp-at-alice-in-wonderland-party/2012/01/09/gIQAHkNVmP_blog.html

Tim Burton decorated (His Alice in Wonderland movie was about to come out) and Johnny Depp attended as the mad hatter. Really.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

On Monday, the White House hit back, saying the party was anything but secret, citing extensive media coverage of the trick-or-treaters on the North Portico.

“This was an event for military children and their families inside the White House, where the press came, photographs were taken,” said press secretary Jay Carney, who called Kantor’s account “an example of the kind of hype and sensationalizing that books like this do.”

“We may not have alerted folks that Johnny Depp was coming,” another White House spokesman, Eric Schultz, told us, “but we didn’t announce Chewbacca was coming either.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

When Chewbacca comes, you do not need to announce the fact.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

there is an image from the rip nsfws thread that would be so perfect here

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

If it shows anything, it shows a bunch of assholes who will pull at any cockamamie straw they can find to justify their irrational hatred of the President.

Bush derangement syndrome, anybody?

Do you know what the secret of comity is? (Michael White), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

ya no kidding

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

If this had happened under Bush, Fox would be apoplectic about ppl trying to score political points for something meant to benefit military children.

Do you know what the secret of comity is? (Michael White), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

god, the WaPo is unreadable, isn't it.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it was so secret that if I go to Getty Images and type in "2009 White House halloween," I get 81 image results.

i couldn't adjust the food knobs (Phil D.), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I assume Tim and Johnny were just there to officiate the Illuminati Black Mass of Samhain and that's why it went unmentioned... or maybe Presidents meet celebrities all the time and its not really newsworthy. I'll take my meds before I come to any conclusions...

Frobisher (Viceroy), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dear These People: Fuck You with a Chainsaw

i couldn't adjust the food knobs (Phil D.), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

weird I thought Robert E. Lee was from Virginia

locally sourced stabbage (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, he was, but his birthday is celebrated as a holiday by several former members of the Confederacy.

i couldn't adjust the food knobs (Phil D.), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought Robert Byrd was the last one to die? (ba dum bum)

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Moveon.org is requesting folks on its mailing list like me to sign petitions and host events asking President Obama to "hold Wall Street banks accountable by fully investigating the Big Bank fraud that caused the housing crisis." Next Thursday, January 19, we'll deliver these petitions to local Obama campaign offices so that he uses his power to make Wall Street pay.

President Obama has a choice to make: Let the banks off the hook or order a full federal investigation into bank practices during the housing crisis. President Obama has referenced FDR's famous quote before: "You've convinced me. Now go out and make me do it." Can you help "make him do it" by hosting an event in front of your local OFA campaign office?

Can you host a "Yes He Can?" event to ask the president to use his power to make Wall Street pay?

It's pretty sad that this type of action is necessary to try to get a White House Dem to move, and it probably won't even work (Att. General Holder or someone will insist they are looking into it, but nothing will happen or they will just push for settlements).

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

hey what kind of cash do you guys have on you

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204257504577153041166480680.html

The owners of the New Republic, long a fixture in political journalism, are exploring a possible sale of the publication and have hired a financial adviser, people familiar with the matter said.

Blackstone Group is expected to reach out to various media companies, such as Bloomberg LP and News Corp. to gauge their interest in buying the magazine, which is known for its clout among ...

goole, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

In the chapter dealing with the AHCA in Taibbi's Griftopia, there's a revolting scene of MoveOn.org getting its marching orders from the White House.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh man ILX should totally buy TNR

locally sourced stabbage (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

murdoch owning TNR would be hilaaaarious

goole, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

isn't Rupey to the left of Peretz on Israel?

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

along with most of the netanyahu cabinet

goole, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh TNR good riddance

rebecca blah (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 23:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

In the chapter dealing with the AHCA in Taibbi's Griftopia, there's a revolting scene of MoveOn.org getting its marching orders from the White House.

― lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:55 PM (Yesterday

They seem to now, per my above posting, be politely differing with him and urging him to do stuff.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'n sure that will work.

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

jonathan bernstein found this, about the house member introducing a resolution to disapprove of obama's recess appointments:

http://black.house.gov/press-release/black-introduces-resolution-disapproving-obama%E2%80%99s-recent-presidential-appointments

It’s astounding to me that the president is claiming these are recess appointments and within his authority, when Congress was not in fact in recess,” said Black. “These appointments are an affront to the Constitution. No matter how you look at this, it doesn’t pass the smell test. I hope the House considers my resolution as soon as we return to Washington so we can send a message to President Obama.

uhhh

goole, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

locally sourced stabbage (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

an affronting smell

buzza, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love that the party that has put radical partisan obstructionism ahead of the national welfare for the last two years and stalled on more judges and appointments than any congress ever are up in arms about this.

Do you know what the secret of comity is? (Michael White), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink


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