In light of allegations that the governor of Illinois was ready to auction off Barack Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder, does any major media organization feel like they examined the political culture that Obama came from sufficiently? Do the New York Times, theWashington Post, the major networks, the newsweeklies, the cable networks, etc. — do they feel that they really gave their readers and viewers a good sense of how Chicago politics works, and how that place shaped Obama?
Don't Stanley Kurtz and David Freddoso, among others, deserve an apology from their critics?
I never heard word one about Chicago politics leading up to this election. That's kind of how I knew the media fix was in. But that's a stupid question, of course they wouldn't report on the political culture of Chicago. They were too busy vetting whether or not Trig was really Sarah Palin's son.
America made a mistake in electing someone from the Chicago political culture to the highest office in the country. Was it a grave mistake? Is there any other kind? America can't handle the truth.
Sorry Barry, your big win last month turned Washington into a one Party town. Now, it’s all about the Democrats. And the Libs at the L.A.Times are beginning to eat their own.
The arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday marked the latest in a series of scandals involving Democratic politicians — an ironic turn for a party that won control of Congress in 2006 in part by saying it would end a “culture of corruption” under Republican leadership. . . .
The corruption charges against Blagojevich come as one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is under investigation by a House ethics panel. . . .
Democratic Rep. William J. Jefferson of Louisiana is awaiting trial on charges of bribery, money laundering and misusing his congressional office. He has pleaded not guilty. On Saturday, Jefferson was ousted from his House seat in a runoff election.
Earlier this year, Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York resigned after revelations that he was a regular customer of an elite call-girl ring.
And Democrats were . . . wait for it . . . shocked about this whole Blagojevich Yard Sale of the Senate Seat.
The allegations against Blagojevich — including that he solicited favors to influence his decision about who should replace Obama in the Senate — were shocking to Democrats.
“It straightened my hair,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
And the Times breaks the bad news - the Republicans could actually win back some seats in 2010 as a result of scandals like these. But the Democrats are confident, because they have made ethics reform a top priority. Hmmmm. Ethics reform for whom?
The political risk for Democrats is that voters will be as repulsed by the ethics problems as they were by the scandals that contributed to the defeat of former GOP Reps. Tom DeLay of Texas, Bob Ney of Ohio, Mark Foley of Florida and others.
Democrats won those and other House seats in districts that had been reliably Republican, and the party made ethics an issue in the 2006 elections that delivered control of Congress to Democrats.
But Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the committee responsible for helping elect Democrats to the House, said he thought the political damage would be limited to those engaged in wrongdoing because the party leadership had made ethics reform a priority.
So the GOP ads for 2010 show Blago, Rangel, Jefferson, and Spitzer all doing the perp walk with the word Corruption slamming down on top. Then show Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Reid, Pelosi, and Obama recklessly throwing taxpayer money at the Big 3 automakers, the unions, and every other poorly managed business with political connections to Washington.
Military interrogators have often blasted music at detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. According to the British law group Reprieve, these are among the songs they have used most frequently:
• "Enter Sandman," Metallica.
• "Bodies," Drowning Pool.
• "Shoot to Thrill," AC/DC.
• "Hell's Bells," AC/DC.
• "I Love You," from the "Barney and Friends" children's TV show.
• "Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen.
• "Babylon," David Gray.
• "White America," Eminem.
• "Sesame Street," theme song from the children's TV show.
Other bands and artists whose music has been frequently played at U.S. detention sites: Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Don McLean, Lil' Kim, Limp Bizkit, Meat Loaf, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tupac Shakur.
You know I've been saying we weren't torturing this guys since GITMO opened, but now knowing their forced to listen to the Barney I'm convinced. No wonder these guys are committing suicide. On the other hand, I say we send the purple dinosaur to GITMO and have him do some interrogations. We'd have Osama, his deputy, and the rest of Al-Qaeda rolled up in a week. God bless America!
Joe the Plumber told Glenn Beck that he felt "dirty" after spending time with McCain on the campaign trail. The thing that really upset Wurzelbacher was the $700 million bailout. Speaking about McCain Wurzelbacher said, "I asked him some pretty direct questions. Some of the answers you guys are gonna receive — they appalled me, absolutely. I was angry. In fact, I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him." The reason he stuck with McCain is the reason alot of conservatives stuck with McCain, "honestly, because the thought of Barack Obama as president scares me even more."
However when asked about Palin he said, "Sarah Palin is absolutely the real deal."
This as come has no surprise to many conservatives who had a hard time swallowing the McCain nomination. Many only jumped on board after he chose Palin as his VP. However even after that McCain made a fatal mistake. He kept talking! The more he said the more liberal he sounded. Many conservatives did not trust him on issues such as Abortion, Immigration, or Marriage. All staples of the Republican platmore. Add on to that he continuly discussed the threat of global warming, something many conservatives beleive to be a hoax. He even made the mistake of calling himself a liberal Republican in the video below. You pile an economic meltdown on top of that and you end up with the thumping McCain got on Election Day.
Everyone in the country knows this moron tried to sell Obama's Senate seat so I won't go into detail about that. However did you know that's probably not the worst thing he's done. It appears these "pay to play" schemes have been going on since the Governor took office.
He tried to force the owners of the Chicago tribune to fire it's editorial board by threatening to withhold $100 million in state funds for the sale of Wrigely Field. My personal favorite is when he threatened to withhold eight million dollars in funding for a children's hospital if he did not get a donation from their executives. The hospital released a statement saying, "Children's Memorial is very disappointed that the $8 million in Illinois funding that the pediatric providers of Illinois believed would enable them to care for Illinois' neediest children has been tied to an alleged pay-to-play scheme," the statement reads. "Neither Children's Memorial nor any of its personnel participated in such a scheme. If such allegations are true, Children's Memorial, pediatric physicians and the children of Illinois have been victimized."
This guy is a first class jerk. He tried to extort money from a Children's Hospital! How low can you go? I hope they put him in with the general populations he's just a thug in a suit.
"Congress should enact a steep, inflation-indexed hike in gas taxes, one big enough to alter consumer incentives and habits permanently. This would take back some of the de facto economic stimulus consumers have received from the recent drop in gas prices, and it would be a hard sell politically. But surely voters can understand that, even if Congress were to triple the tax to 55.2 cents, gas would still be cheaper, in real terms, than it was in 2005. The increase could be rebated through the income tax system."
What a great idea! Tripling the gas tax in a recession. Come on guys we don't need food or heat this winter. What we need is to pay higher taxes to stop global warming. If a few people in the Northeast freeze to death because they can't afford heat, so what? We're saving the planet here?
"This would take back some of the de facto economic stimulus consumers have received from the recent drop in gas prices, and it would be a hard sell politically."
De facto economic stimulus? So because gas prices have gone down and consumers have benefited they should be punished? So basically what your saying is, "These consumers aren't suffering as much as they should be. Let's raise taxes to show them they aren't entitled to relief from high prices."
However they are entitled to welfare, healthcare, and unemployment benefits. Is anyone else confused by this line of thinking.
The article refers to lower gas prices as a "Golden Opportunity." O.K. genius what happens when the prices start to go back up? Somehow I doubt the liberals first suggestion will be to cut the gas tax. Even if we did cut the gas tax it wouldn't be even close to being back to it's current level. Of course I'm sure that would be fine with liberals since their "saving the planet."
A college graduate with a BA in History and a minor in politics from Coastal Carolina University. Has a student at Coastal Carolina I led the College Republicans for two years. I also volunteered for Mike Huckabee's Presidential campaign.