–updated– TM NOTE: Embarrassed, the Washington Post has pulled the video. Question is why they thought it was appropriate in the first place. _________original post is below__________ If you want to know why Clinton supporters are so sensitive to media criticism of women (including Sarah Palin), I give you exhibit A from Dana Milbank. This [...]
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Here’s the breakdown: Yes No Not sure Dem 93 4 3 Rep 42 28 30 Ind 83 8 9 Anyone doubting the effectiveness of negative campaigning and swiftboating, please wake up and smell The Hunting of the President, the Barack Obama edition. It was launched and perfected during William Jefferson Clinton’s presidency, with some Democrats [...]
Bagram It’s edging towards being official. Having supported Obama’s initial Afghanistan policy, it’s becoming abundantly clear that we’re edging closer to no man’s land on policy: The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is preparing a new strategy that calls for major changes in the way U.S. and other NATO troops there operate, a vast increase [...]
–updated– A bartender? Or was that a waiter? Barack Obama and Joe Biden in shirt sleeves. Prof. Crowley and Sgt. Gates both in suit and tie. Obama went with Bud Light; Biden with Buckler; Gates with Sam Adams Light; Crowley with Blue Moon. According to the pool report, Sgt. Crowley did most the talking, with [...]
–expletive deleted– Sorry. But this is absolutely infuriating. It’s another in a pattern of rumblings on this subject that is pointing to something potentially alarming. … But the administration also is guilty of missteps. Rather than pocketing Mr. Netanyahu’s initial concessions — he gave a speech on Palestinian statehood and suggested parameters for curtailing settlements [...]
Police in Iran have crashed the mourning of Neda. The CNN piece here reports almost 3,000 mourners, plus Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, his wife, were present as well. The Guardian has a provocative article about Secretary Clinton allegedly “indicating,” which in the Guardian title is judged as “threatening”, Britain about disclosing any CIA torture evidence [...]
–bumped– Notwithstanding what might develop at the presidential beer bash tonight, this one is a beauty. “As the old saying goes, ‘Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.’ ” Colonel Reese wrote. “Since the signing of the 2009 Security Agreement, we are guests in Iraq, and after six years in Iraq, we now [...]
Just imagine what would happen if Obama was a conservative and a liberal let fly with such vitriol. Watching Beck lean back, so comfortable on that couch. He gives the impression of a man on the rise with nothing to fear or to lose. That on Fox he’s found his place. One has to wonder [...]
“No one in America should go broke because of an illness. … .. … [...] …Because the truth is we have a system today that works well for the insurance industry, but it doesn’t always work well for you.” [applause] – Pres. Obama After Obama’s abysmal health care press conference last week, which left his [...]
As McCain pal and Republican strategist Mike Murphy so sagely observed recently: “If Sarah Palin looked like Golda Meir, would we even be talking about her today?” – Maureen Dowd Donny Deutsch agrees with Murphy (see video), while Tamron Hall proves she’s a lousy political analyst, squealing “ridiculous!” and “insane” at what is not only [...]
–updated– How do we pay for health care? Some call it a “sin” tax. I won’t. It’s too 20th century, religious punishment for me. It’s a “healthy tax.” Taxing beverages and foods, but also pleasure vices, that are making us sick, sometimes killing us, but also adding to the cost of national health care hopes. [...]
The latest podcast is up. You can get it through RSS, as well as ITunes. Enjoy. The topics are Gates – Crowley – Obama, health care, as well as Sarah Palin. Couldn’t forget her after she officially quit on Sunday. As for some background for the podcast, it’s Howard Dean who nails it. You know, [...]
You knew someone had to at some point.
–updated below– Coming after Netanyahu calling Emanuel and Axelrod both “self-hating Jews,” the latest salvo from another prominent Israeli is not as insulting, but certainly as obtuse. Ignoring that Pres. Obama has already met with PM Netanyahu, Mr. Benn’s argument today sounds alarmingly like a spoiled brat having a tantrum. So far, Israelis have embraced [...]
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IN AN amazing interview with the Guardian on Sunday titled, appropriately, “Michael Douglas on Liberace, Cannes, cancer and cunnilingus,” the movie star does the biggest public service message for HPV and sexually transmitted diseases that’s been done in a generation. The Internet exploded with shock at what was taken as a revelation. It’s like thinking giving head to a man infected with HIV won’t leave its mark, too, though that’s more commonly talked about.
But your individual circumstances and mine should not hide the fact that there is an ideal and optimal family arrangement whether we in our own lives can meet it. – Erick Erickson, in “The Truth May Hurt, But Is Not Mean” AFTER BEING blasted for his patriarchal grunt, Erick Erickson now gets very defensive. How can you tell?
Ms Garraway, 46, is fronting a campaign to encourage young women to think about fertility and giving birth much younger than “her generation”. As part of the campaign, Ms Garraway spent a day being transformed into a heavily pregnant 70 year-old by Adrian Rigby, a prosthetic make-up artist, to “shock and provoke debate about how old is too old to have a baby”. [UK Telegraph] LOOKING at relationships, I find it telling that casual writers on the subject give marriage advice that hinges on bringing back the feminine mystique years and suggesting marrying younger would solve the problems that only better and smarter choices can conquer.
“Having mom as primary bread winner is bad for kids and bad for marriage.” – Erick Erickson IT HAS become a conservative chant lately, the latest from Erick Erickson. “War on men” from Suzanne Venker, Megan McArdle saying women should marry younger, they’re all attempting to resurrect Freud’s biology is destiny.
THE 21st century world offers ways to tweak your appearance, or alter it altogether, with women finally able to combat directly the comparison that’s always been around. Men look distinguished as they age, while women look old, unattractive, or to use Rush Limbaugh’s favorite comment, who wants to look at a woman with wrinkles? The 2012 plastic surgery statistics are out and the American Society of Plastic Surgery tells the story.
The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there.
“Norma Rae is a survivor and for the first time in her life she’s got a chance to become something more… a winner.” – Promo for “Norma Rae” CRITICS like Anne-Marie Slaughter, but especially Maureen I-Love-My-Pearls Dowd, and others [most of whom didn't read the book or do their homework] who are blaming Sheryl Sandberg for being a billionaire Ivy League graduate, while accusing her of letting corporations and government off the hook, are missing a major point.
Great sex doesn’t always just happen. Sometimes, it takes a little planning, especially if — like many Americans — you’ve been in a bit of a sex rut. Do some prep work by turning your bedroom into a love nest: Make the bed (with new, or at least clean, sheets), tidy up, light a candle or two, and queue up a sexy playlist on your iPod.
“You Don’t Own Me” PSA -Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo. WHO DOESN’T know the song “You Don’t Own Me,” sung by Leslie Gore? The movie First Wives Club helped to reignite the relevancy of the song.
“Last night I interviewed Jill Stein the presidential candidate for the Green Party on this show. And I confess right now, I should have asked her to just get out of the race.” – Jennifer Granholm, “The War Room” [Current TV] THE ARGUMENT Jennifer Granholm makes above is a tactic that no longer fits the times.
“With that drum magazine, he could have gotten off 50, 60 rounds, even if it was semiautomatic, within one minute,” Chief Oates said. [New York Times] IN THE GAPING MAW of our leadership vacuum stands Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, whose resolve, vulnerability and humility inside the vortex of a man made hell revealed what nobody in Congress or either political party has shown in decades. Leadership without regard to anything but his own duty to the people, which included the cops in the eye of volcanic carnage.
*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
“If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off.” – Sect. Hillary Clinton Women can do it, too.
The interview with Obama by George Stephanopoulos wasn’t nearly as contentious as the interview with the Edwardses. No Republican talking points from Stephanopoulos yesterday, like when he accused Edwards of abandoning the troops with this beauty: “Do you think the Democrats should be saddled with the idea of completely cutting off funding for the troops?” Or this one: “You know, a lot of Democrats still in the Senate think that your position here is cynical political theater.
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