Sarah Palin, a Media Star; Obama, Media Liability

Elmendorf AFB's Rave Non-Monochromatic Reception of Sarah Palin (and SHE Likes the F-22! unlike The One)

TV Entertainment Media Companies ‘Instinctively’ know a winner when they see one and Sarah is a Massively Popular Political Media Star.

Sarah ROCKED not only the TV Entertainment House with her autobiography reading Duo with William Shatner on Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show… Sarah rocked the Liberal and Moderate World as well.

DANG!!!!!!

Joshua Livestro writes:

Her poetic mano a mano with Shatner was probably the first time since her GOP convention speech that she really connected with the broad centre of the electorate that judges politicians not so much on policies as on personality. And when I mean connected, I really mean connected. Not just showing a likeable personality – funny, smart, willing to have a laugh at her own expense – but connecting at a more basic level; the level which defines what really makes people American. Because to most viewers, show business is partly what America is all about. And let’s be honest: when, if ever, do they get to see a politician who is perfectly at ease in the world of entertainment, who looks as happy on the Tonight Show reading funny excerpts from William Shatner’s autobiography as she does giving a speech at a party convention? If Gov. Palin can get a liberal television critic like David Zurawik to confess that:

I think it is one of her better and funnier moments on TV. I love the bongo drums and bass reading Shatner gave her book, “Going Rogue,” but she comes back just as strong with bongo, bass and flute. I love it.

Listen, there are a million things I do not like about Palin. But credit where credit is due, this is a nice, cool and comic touch for her “Going Rogue” media blitz. As light as this spot was, it gives me new respect for her.

Obama’s TV entertainment media appeal has dimmed in luster to the point that he needs the Media but the Media does not need him. His losses in the Public Opinion Polls is a bellwether of his increasing fall from Entertainment Media’s Limelight.

Those who prop up a failing President and avoid Sarah do so at risk to their bottom line. All I can say is let the free market separate the smart from the dumb… it has been happening in the TV News arena… with NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC losing massively in market share as FOX News gains market share.

Oprah’s coming Obama-Canonizing Christmas Special Obama-mercial will be interesting to assess after the reactions are in, tabulated and sifted.

Oprah Power did nothing to help Mr President in his bid to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago. Chicago was the first candidate site to be eliminated with the award going to Rio.

Let’s face it… the Blush is off the Obama-Rose and we all know what furry creatures do when their ship takes on too much water… at least, those with an instinct for self-survival.

Twenty-Ten! A Year of History to be made…
I’ll be there Cheering you on, Governor

Go Forth and Prosper
You’re Better than the Best

H/T to Josh Painter:

Clarence Page:

“If Palin won the evening — and even my own Hyde Park-raised, liberal wife believes she did — it is largely because… Palin defied expectations… Yet, as much as her politics are not mine, after chatting with her and her husband, good-natured former ‘First Dude’ Todd Palin, I came away with a new fondness and respect for both of them.”

- JP


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Additional reading…

Alan Colmes’ Liberaland: Sarah Palin’s Smartest Move
Tremoglie’s tea Time:
Sophisticated Sarah – Palin is Part Hepburn, Part Loren, Part Thatcher – Part Annie Oakley
Scared Monkeys: The Sarah Palin Appeal … Sarah Goes Rogue On William Shatner on the Tonight Show
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:
Palin’s Turning Point and “Waaah” is Not a Constitutional Right
HOTAiR: Obama: I’d give myself a B+; Update: Video added and Obama to banks: Show “gratitude” by losing money on loans
Dick Morris: U.S. HALF WAY TO KYOTO GOALS – WITH NO GOVERNMENT REGULATION
Heritage Foundation: Live at Copenhagen: Pitfalls for America
Gateway Pundit: Shocker… Liberals Dominate in Top 10 Most FAIL Moments of 2009
Sister Toldjah: Targeting Hadassah Lieberman: Two-faced “feminism” strikes again
American Power: Communists at Copenhagen
Bob McCarthy Writes: For Goodness Sake, It’s NOT a Holiday Tree! (Video)
Nice Deb: Sign-o-The Times and Sign-o-The Times
Frugal Café: Copenhagen, “Nopenhagen”: African Walkout, British Skepticism, Australian Record Snow, Michael Savage Dispels Hockey Stick Graph (video) and Jiminy Christmas! Obama’s Approval At Minus 19… Another New Record Low and Tyrannical Dictators to Speak at Copenhagen Global Warming Summit
Talk Wisdom:Palin vs. Shatner on Tonight Show

Michelle Malkin: People in “fat cat”-infested houses shouldn’t throw stones
Patterico’s Pontifications:
ObamaCare: Lieberman, Nelson needle Reid’s trial balloon (and the CLASS Act)
Texas For Palin:
Elmendorf book signing draws crowd of over 2,000
Conservatives For Palin: Going Rogue Book Tour Ends Open Thread (Updated with the Winner to the C4P Book Tour Predictions Contest)
Boudica WPI:
Happy Chanukah to all of my Jewish friends
Diary of a Mad Conservative:CNSNews.com – Sen. Landrieu Declines to Say Where Constitution Authorizes Congress to Force Americans to Buy Health Insurance
SamHenry’s Blog:
“Kick a Jew Day” in a Naples, Florida School – Source and School Action and No, No – Not Another New Year of The Creeping Crumbling of the US and Want Privacy on the Internet? Tough! Go to a Public Library Where It’s Guaranteed Under the Law
VotingFemale Speaks!:
Socialist Snuggie Buddies and The self-distruction of Socialism unfolds before our eyes; the Polls tell the Story and Obama Polling Bomb… KA-BOOOOM; minus 19 Approval Index set 2nd record in 2 days
Temple of Mut:A Sign of the Times (…..actually two!)
Dancing Czars: Obama drug czar issues U-M’s 2009 teen drug survey and Congressional Black Cacua : W.H. not doing enough for blacks: Time for a Black Czar and Lieberman Rules Out Voting for Health Bill

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86 Responses to Sarah Palin, a Media Star; Obama, Media Liability

  1. VotingFemale says:

    I recently discovered Uncle Kracker’s song SMILE, and I immediately related it to the feelings Sarah inspires in so many people.

    She is so friendly… so utterly genuine, and so very human; a person who puts others ahead of herself… and gobs of common sense and a no nonsense approach. If there were ever a feminine and strikingly beautiful and intelligent woman who could become president, it is her.

  2. Foxwood says:

    I’m on my work computer, VF. Using my vacation time it was going to work on my house to work on my laptop. I guess laptops don’t make good frizbee’s.

  3. VotingFemale says:

    ohhh, Foxwood…. I am sooo sorry you have been having such problems.

    You need one of these… HUG

  4. samhenry says:

    FOX needs a smooch too, VF

    Just a fly by – a friend was testing out his new (old) waco and asked me if wanted to do some wing walking this afternoon. With my back, I am doing a little wing crawling. Well, have to zoom off but will check in again laaaaaaaaater – oMG he just banked to the left and oooooooooooooohwah – bye.

  5. VotingFemale says:

    I thought that might be too bold lol

    Is the Waco, yellow?

    http://www.paulkrapfstudio.com/images/Above%20The%20Clouds%20%20(Waco%20biplane).jpg

    open cockpit Waco riding on a brisk December day… Santa Claus would be proud.

    samhenry says

    FOX needs a smooch too, VF

  6. samhenry says:

    That old yaller waco is mighty pretty. So nice someone else I know knows the old birds. They were the best. Aircraft character has gone with them.

  7. samiam60 says:

    Sarah Palin has become quite impressive and she is even causing her enemies to acknowledge her poise and grace.

    Sarah is one First Class Lady and I can’t wait to hear the Speaker of the House introduce:

    Madam President

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  9. samiam60 says:

    Democrats Furious at Lieberman as They Huddle on Health Care

    Huddle all you want you Bastards. 2010 is coming and you will find yourselves on your Kitchen Floors curled up and sucking your thumbs once your sorry A$$es are booted out of our Government.

  10. samiam60 says:

    The entire Democratic Senate caucus is headed to the White House on Tuesday afternoon to talk health care with President Obama, just as the administration urges Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is emerging as the skunk at the party for supporters of the massive package to create a new entitlement.

    Lieberman opposes a proposal that would expand Medicare for people between the age of 55-64. Lieberman has also said he would oppose a government-run insurance option and on Sunday said that Senate leaders need to scale back the bill, removing both provisions from the final product, in order to get his vote.

    Congressional staff familiar with negotiations said the White House is strongly urging Reid to work with Lieberman to eliminate the Medicare provision.

    But Reid and other Democratic lawmakers are said to be furious that Lieberman publicly called for the elimination of the proposal before members received an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on the cost of such a plan.

    Clearly inundated by calls to his office and a general backlash against his boss, a Lieberman aide told Fox News, “I want to emphasize, he would like to vote for a bill. He’s not opposed to health care reform.”

    Democratic senators are meeting Monday night on the health care bill, and many are expected to voice their annoyance at Lieberman, the self-styled “independent Democrat.”

    “There are some people who are going to really want to get some frustration at Joe off their chest,” one senior Senate Democratic aide told Fox News.

    Some leadership aides said they thought Lieberman might not show up at the Monday night caucus meeting, but a Lieberman spokesman told Fox News the senator is likely to attend. Lieberman has said in the past that he will not attend purely political meetings.

    The senator’s senior aide said Lieberman’s views are no surprise to Reid, who knew of the concerns as early as Thursday. According to the Lieberman aide, the senator’s staff told negotiators last week, when the Medicare buy-in was developed, that he had problems with it. Lieberman sent a letter to Reid on Thursday and restated his concerns on Friday.

    “It should not come as any surprise to the leadership what the senator’s concerns were. Any contrary suggestions by Democrats under the cloak of anonymity are false and self-serving,” the aide said.

    The aide added that the senator does want to vote for a health care reform bill and sees “much good” in the existing bill, including insurance market reforms.

    Lieberman, the aide said, sees the expansion of Medicare as “unnecessary” and “redundant” since Reid’s original bill “already addresses the issues of access (with federal subsidies) and cost control.”

    White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the president is not involved in the internal squabble between Lieberman and the majority leader.

    “The White House is not pushing Senator Reid in any direction. We are working hand in hand with the Senate leadership to work through the various issues and pass health reform as soon as possible,” Pfeiffer said.

    But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who would not characterize the nature of Obama’s involvement, said he’s closely involved in the talks.

    “The president is not agnostic to continuing to making progress on health care reform and trying to get it through the Senate,” Gibbs told reporters Monday. “The president’s been involved.
    We wouldn’t be sitting here the 14th of December, when you’d much rather be Christmas shopping, discussing the Senate being in on the weekends if the president wasn’t involved. The president’s been involved the whole time.”

    And congressional aides said the White House absolutely is urging Reid to make a deal though to say so is bad form in the minds of the Senate leadership.

    After his Sunday show appearance, Lieberman met privately in Reid’s office with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, a fixture on Capitol Hill these days as health care reform gets hammered out, along with other key White House aides.

    Even with anger directed at Lieberman — echoed with far less diplomacy in the liberal blogosphere — the caucus is fractured on a number of topics within the overall reform effort, and Obama must pull his former colleagues together around his top priority else risk the failure of the effort.

    Some members have expressed varying degrees of skepticism about the bill in its current form, including the newest form of the so-called public option that’s currently awaiting the CBO analysis.

    The CBO could report as early as Tuesday on the cost of the Medicare proposal. A negative report could cost Reid the vote of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

    Gibbs said he doesn’t want to get ahead of the reporting since “CBO had told you all before that legislation bends the cost curve, the legislation would slow the growth rate in health care spending, that the health care legislation wouldn’t add to the deficit but it would in fact help our fiscal situation. …

    “In terms of the specific policy, again, that’s what the CBO is evaluating. And I think many on Capitol Hill await what they have to say,” he said.

    Lawmakers are also at an impasse over an amendment by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., that would allow for the importation of cheaper drugs from an approved list of countries like Canada.

    The Food and Drug Administration has taken a stand against the measure, and as a result, a handful of Democratic senators are blocking the Dorgan amendment. Dorgan in turn has said he will hold up all other action on the bill until he gets a vote.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/14/democrats-butt-heads-health-care-plan-huddle-obama/

  11. samiam60 says:

    The entire Democratic Senate caucus is headed to the White House on Tuesday afternoon to talk health care with President Obama, just as the administration urges Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is emerging as the skunk at the party for supporters of the massive package to create a new entitlement.

  12. samiam60 says:

    Postal Service Employees Owed $300M in Taxes, IRS Data Shows

    FOXNews.com

    The U.S. Postal Service has more tax delinquents in its ranks than any other federal agency or department, according to Internal Revenue Service data.

    AND THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO RUN OUR HEALTHCARE!
    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  13. samiam60 says:

    Maybe their tax payments got lost in the mail.

    The U.S. Postal Service turns out to have more tax delinquents in its ranks than any other federal agency or department, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

    IRS statistics from 2008 detailing the amount of money federal workers failed to pay the government in taxes showed postal service employees owed $297.93 million — nearly 10 percent of the $3.04 billion owed by federal employees and retirees from dozens of agencies.

    The tax gap among federal workers comes at a time when the federal government is running record deficits and trying to raise the $12 trillion debt limit so that it can continue spending at record levels next year.

    USPS spokesman Mark Saunders said in a written statement that it’s “important” to consider that the percentage of those owing taxes at the postal service is “relatively small” compared with other agencies. The postal service is the largest federal employer outside the military, so it would predictably have a relatively large number of delinquents — the actual percentage of those failing to pay taxes, 3.95 percent, was less than at a number of other agencies.

    But with $297 million in unpaid taxes, Saunders said the postal service is still trying to lick the problem. In Post Office terms, that kind of money could buy 677,122,172 stamps.

    “We urge our employees to comply with all tax laws and are encouraged that many who have been delinquent have agreed to payment plan with the IRS,” Saunders said. Of the Postal Service’s more than 732,000 employees, about 29,000 owed taxes.

    The data from late 2008 covered all agencies with more than 25 employees and mostly covered the 2007 tax year — the most recently available data. It was not clear how much of the money has been repaid. The data showed just about every federal sector had tax evaders, but the problem was far worse in certain corners of the government.

    The military, between active duty personnel and reserves, accounted for $301 million of the total owed to the government.

    Military retirees accounted for another $1.34 billion. The only department that came anywhere close to the Postal Service’s IRS bill was the Department of Veterans Affairs, which owed $131.29 million.

    That bill was $2.47 million for the U.S. Senate; $5.81 million for the House of Representatives; and about $813,000 for the Executive Office of the President.

    The Treasury Department owed $6.99 million. But the treasury actually boasted the best rate of all the departments, with only .98 percent of its employees labeled as tax delinquents. Inside the treasury, the IRS had a rate of .76 percent. Perhaps accounting for the low rate at the IRS is the fact that IRS employees can be fired for failing to pay taxes.

    The agency with the highest percentage was the National Capital Planning Commission, which had a rate of 10.42 percent.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/14/postal-service-employees-owed-m-taxes-irs-data-shows/

    MAYBE ACORN DOES THEIR TAXES FOR EM

  14. samiam60 says:

    Obama to Banks: We Helped You — Now Help Us

    Banks to Obama: F**k Off.

  15. samiam60 says:

    1. Which grade most closely represents President Obama’s handling of the Economy/Jobs?
    A 1% (1,184 votes)
    B 2% (1,474 votes)
    C 7% (5,821 votes)
    D 73% (61,007 votes)
    Incomplete 17% (13,860 votes)
    Total Votes: 83,346

  16. samiam60 says:

    2. Which grade most closely represents President Obama’s handling of Domestic and Social Issues?
    A 2% (1,119 votes)
    B 2% (1,237 votes)
    C 9% (6,181 votes)
    D 79% (54,274 votes)
    Incomplete 8% (5,626 votes)
    Total Votes: 68,437

  17. samiam60 says:

    3. Which grade most closely represents President Obama’s handling of Foreign Affairs?
    A 2% (1,439 votes)
    B 2% (1,426 votes)
    C 9% (6,282 votes)
    D 78% (52,886 votes)
    Incomplete 8% (5,665 votes)
    Total Votes: 67,698

  18. samiam60 says:

    4. Which grade most closely represents President Obama’s handling of the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?
    A 2% (1,273 votes)
    B 5% (3,645 votes)
    C 22% (15,144 votes)
    D 62% (41,931 votes)
    Incomplete 8% (5,352 votes)
    Total Votes: 67,345

  19. samiam60 says:

    5. Which grade most closely represents President Obama’s demonstration of leadership?
    A 2% (1,519 votes)
    B 2% (1,464 votes)
    C 7% (4,899 votes)
    D 80% (53,507 votes)
    Incomplete 8% (5,667 votes)
    Total Votes: 67,056

  20. samiam60 says:

    6. Which grade most closely represents President Obama’s handling of national security?
    A 2% (1,214 votes)
    B 2% (1,155 votes)
    C 7% (4,654 votes)
    D 82% (54,132 votes)
    Incomplete 8% (5,206 votes)
    Total Votes: 66,361

  21. samiam60 says:

    7. Which grade most closely represents the success of President Obama’s management style?
    A 2% (1,350 votes)
    B 2% (1,392 votes)
    C 8% (5,240 votes)
    D 81% (53,591 votes)
    Incomplete 7% (4,565 votes)
    Total Votes: 66,138

  22. samiam60 says:

    8. How would you grade the president overall?
    A 2% (1,127 votes)
    B 1% (1,002 votes)
    C 5% (3,627 votes)
    D 84% (60,899 votes)
    Incomplete 8% (5,639 votes)
    Total Votes: 72,294

  23. samiam60 says:

    THE RESULTS ABOVE ARE FROM THE FOX NEWS HOMEPAGE POLL.

    THERE IS STILL TIME TO VOTE IF YOUR INTERESTED.

  24. samiam60 says:

    And Obama gives himself a B+

    He must be on the Kool-Aid TOO!

  25. samiam60 says:

    Congressman Call on Justice Department to Appeal ACORN Ruling

    FOXNews.com

    Two congressmen called on the Justice Department Monday to appeal a recent decision in federal district court that found the government’s move to cut off funding to ACORN was unconstitutional.

  26. samiam60 says:

    Two congressmen called on the Justice Department Monday to appeal a recent decision in federal district court that found the government’s move to cut off funding to ACORN was unconstitutional.

    In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Darrell Issa, R-Calif., described the Dec. 11 decision by Judge Nina Gershon as “preposterous.”

    “The district court’s decision is troubling in many respects, but most significantly, if allowed to stand, it would effectively excise from the Constitution Congress’ express Spending Clause power to refuse to appropriate federal funds to an organization that has shown itself likely to misuse those funds in the future,” the letter reads. “Such a conclusion is nothing short of preposterous.”

    Gershon, who issued a preliminary injunction against the government, ruled it was in the public interest for ACORN to continue receiving federal funding.

    “They have been singled out by Congress for punishment that directly and immediately affects their ability to continue to obtain federal funding, in the absence of any judicial, or even administrative, process adjudicating guilt,” Gershon said in her ruling.

    In its lawsuit, ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, claimed Congress’ decision to ban funding to the group was unconstitutional because it targeted an individual organization.

    The law that stopped ACORN’s federal funding had been set to expire or be extended for a second time on Dec. 18.

    Gershon’s ruling, meanwhile, was the result of “left-wing activist judge,” said Issa, adding that ACORN is not fit to receive federal funds.

    “This left-wing activist judge is setting a dangerous precedent that left-wing political organizations plagued by criminal accusations have a constitutional entitlement to taxpayer dollars,” Issa said in a statement released Monday.

    Justice Department spokeswoman Beverley Lumpkin told The Associated Press the agency was reviewing Gershon’s decision and declined to comment further.

    In a statement, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis said the ruling was a “victory for the constitutional rights” of all Americans.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/14/congressman-justice-department-appeal-acorn-ruling/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+foxnews%252Fpolitics+%2528FOXNews.com+-+Politics%2529

  27. samiam60 says:

    ******NOW HEAR THIS, NOW HEAR THIS*****

    CNN IS ACTUALLY REPORTING A NEWS STORY.

    Lieberman a major problem for Senate Democrats on health care

  28. samiam60 says:

    Washington (CNN) — A few weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said colleague Joe Lieberman was the least of his problems in passing a health care bill.

    Today, Lieberman has emerged as the main obstacle to Reid’s efforts to get a health care bill through the Senate before Christmas, if ever.

    An independent from Connecticut who sits with the Democratic caucus, Lieberman ratcheted up his public opposition to the bill Sunday. On the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Lieberman said he would join a Republican filibuster if the bill contained either a government-run public health insurance option or a proposed alternative to the controversial provision — expanding Medicare to people as young as 55.

    Lieberman also called for eliminating a provision to provide long-term home health care to the disabled while adding more cost containment measures to the $848 billion Democratic bill.

    “We don’t need to keep adding on to the back of this horse until the horse breaks down and we get nothing done,” Lieberman said.
    Video: New health care pact doomed?
    Video: Public option pullback?
    Video: Closing health care loophole

    Unanimous Republican opposition so far means Senate Democrats need all 60 votes in their caucus — which includes Lieberman — to close debate on the sweeping health care bill. The subsequent vote on final passage of the bill would require a simple majority — 51 votes — to succeed.

    Lieberman’s stance forced Senate Democrats to call a special caucus meeting for Monday evening to discuss whether to meet his demands or seek another way to balance competing interests of liberals who favor a public option and moderates concerned about the cost of an expanded government role in health care.

    Democrats “may have to do what Mr. Lieberman wants,” said liberal Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

    The Medicare expansion was part of a package of provisions announced by Reid last week as an alternative to the public option, which lacked enough support among Senate Democrats. Negotiated by a team of 10 Democratic senators — five liberal and five moderate — the compromise package was hailed by Reid, President Obama and others as an important step forward in the health care debate.

    However, many senators have reserved judgment on the compromise proposal until the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office provides its analysis of how much the plan would cost. The package also would allow private insurers to offer nonprofit health coverage overseen by the government.

    Reacting last week to expanding Medicare as part of the proposed compromise, Lieberman said he would “look at it,” but added the Senate health care bill already included subsidies to help people 55 and older buy insurance coverage before they become eligible for Medicare at age 65.

    “I want to make sure we’re not adding a big additional burden to the Medicare program, which we need to figure out how to save, because it’s going bankrupt,” Lieberman said then.

    On Sunday, Lieberman bluntly stated he would join the GOP filibuster if the bill included the provision to expand Medicare. In response, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN that the “Democratic leadership was shocked about how strident Lieberman was in his opposition to the Medicare proposal when he went on the Sunday shows.”

    However, Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittmann said on Monday that Lieberman first informed Reid last week of his concern about expanding Medicare.

    “Sen. Reid knew that problem could lead him to vote against this bill,” Wittmann said. “He informed Reid of that Friday.”

    Wittmann also criticized anonymous assertions that Reid was surprised by Lieberman’s stance expressed Sunday.
    [Lieberman] wants to get it done. Adding on these additional elements … is preventing us from passing a bill.
    –Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittmann
    RELATED TOPICS

    * Health Care Policy
    * Joseph Lieberman
    * Harry Reid
    * Ben Nelson

    “Sen. Lieberman’s position came as no surprise to the Democratic leadership,” Wittmann said. “Any contrary charges from those who cowardly seek to hide under the cloak of anonymity are false and self-serving.”

    Reid spent Sunday trying to round up the 60 votes necessary to close debate on the health care bill, according to the senior Democratic aide, who said Democrats still believe the Senate can produce a bill by Christmas.

    Lieberman first expressed possible opposition to the health care bill in late October, saying he would join a GOP filibuster if the measure contained the public option. Asked about Lieberman’s position then, Reid said: “Joe Lieberman is the least of Harry Reid’s problems.”

    Wittmann acknowledged Monday that Lieberman, as the vice presidential candidate in 2000, had campaigned then for expanding Medicare.

    “This is nine years later, and we have a huge national deficit and a program [Medicare] that analysts indicate is in dire fiscal straits in 2009,” Wittmann said. “If anyone believes that the situation has not changed, they also believe that Tiger Woods is not a controversial figure at this moment.”

    Asked about a possible compromise, Wittmann said Lieberman “believes there is much good in the core legislation.”

    “He is for health care reform,” Wittmann said. “He wants to get it done. Adding on these additional elements in his view is preventing us from passing a bill.”

    Another potential obstacle for Reid is moderate Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who said Sunday he cannot support the Senate bill without tighter restrictions on federal funding for abortion. The Senate last week defeated an amendment proposed by Nelson and two other senators that would adopt tougher language on abortion funding contained in the House health care bill.

    A compromise on the abortion language is possible, said Nelson, one of 10 Senate Democrats who negotiated in private last week on the public option compromise.

    Most Democrats support the public option as a nonprofit competitor to private insurers that would expand coverage and bring down prices. Republicans and some moderate Democrats, along with the health insurance industry, oppose the public option, saying it would be a first step toward a government takeover of the entire health care system.

    If Democrats can get 59 of their 60 caucus members to support the bill — for example, by changing the abortion language to secure Nelson’s vote — they can focus on gaining the vote of moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, who has signaled an openness to compromise but rejects the public option and questions the Medicare expansion.

    If the Senate eventually passes a health care bill, its version will have to be merged by a conference committee with the House version passed last month. The final bill would then need approval from both chambers before going to Obama to be signed into law.

    The president and Democratic leaders have said they want the bill completed this year. The Senate would need to finish its work this week to leave a realistic chance of meeting that schedule.

    CNN’s Dana Bash and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/14/health.care/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo

  29. samiam60 says:

    “I want to make sure we’re not adding a big additional burden to the Medicare program, which we need to figure out how to save, because it’s going bankrupt,” Lieberman said then.

  30. dancingczars says:

    VF I really like Palin, reading her book, if she had run instead of McCain and controlled the message she would have shown how absolutely more qualified she is than Obama, destroyed him in debates, possibly split of many women voters and we would be living in a much safer country with an agenda that makes sense. The book is truly an inspirational read for any woman who has thought they are limited by their femininity, This woman is not afraid to kick ass and take names, while leaving no hostages. She took on the entrenched good ole boys, Republicans that were dirty, ran against them on a simple platform, sent several to jail. This is the woman America needs to turn this ship around. I’d like to see her run not in 2012 but shortly there after. Merry Christmas, Jim

  31. roxannadanna says:

    The more they tear her down, the more admired and loved she becomes!
    It really is terrific the job the left is doing for her.

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  33. samhenry says:

    OMG Roxannadanna – where HAVE you been?

    Hi Sami and DC. Just checking in to read all the wonderful stuff Sami has gathered for us. May be back later or then again….I’m tired!

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  35. Foxwood says:

    Still on my work computer. I just about had the computer up… then the electricity went out. Was out for 4 hours. Just came up. I’m going to check and see how my laptop is doing now.

    Even if my laptop doesn’t come up. I’m firing my cannon tomorrow.

    So let it be written.
    So let it be done!

  36. samhenry says:

    Nite Sami and FOX

    Just want you to do that the essay I just linked is a Christmas Essay just for the members of this blog. I will not be linking it elsewhere. Goodnight all.

  37. samiam60 says:

    Good Night SamH and hope you are feeling better.

  38. samiam60 says:

    If you’ve never been to a battle re-enactment you have got to go.

  39. samiam60 says:

    Inconvenient Truth for Gore as Arctic Ice Claims Don’t Add Up

    London Times

    The former vice president said new research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years, but the scientist his estimate was based on denies the timeline.

  40. samiam60 says:

    There are many kinds of truth. Al Gore was hit by an inconvenient one yesterday.

    The former vice president, who became an unlikely figurehead for the green movement after narrating the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” became entangled in a new climate change row.

    Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years.

    In his speech, Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr. [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”

    However, the climatologist whose work Gore was relying upon dropped the former vice president in the water with an icy blast.

    “It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr. Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

    Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 percent figure was one used by Dr. Maslowski as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Gore.

    The embarrassing error cast another shadow over the conference after the controversy over the hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, which appeared to suggest that scientists had manipulated data to strengthen their argument that human activities were causing global warming.

    Continue reading at The Times of London

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2009/12/15/inconvenient-truth-gore-claims-dont-add/

  41. samiam60 says:

    Mr. Al Gore:

    You are now Officially a Washed Up Has-been!

  42. samiam60 says:

    Obama Statue Slammed by Facebook Critics

    More than 10,000 people join group on social networking site after statue of President Obama as a boy is erected in Indonesia.

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — A statue of President Barack Obama as a boy erected in a Jakarta park has been targeted in a Facebook campaign by thousands who say it should be removed.

    The Facebook group named “Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Taman Menteng Park” had attracted more than 10,000 members by Tuesday since the 43-inch statue of 10-year-old Obama dressed in shorts and a T-shirt was unveiled in the downtown park on Thursday last week.

    Heru Nugroho, the group’s creator, said he would use the support on the popular social networking Web site to demand that Jakarta Gov. Fauzi Bowo remove the statue.

    “Everybody knows that Obama is a world leader, but he is not our national hero who deserves to be awarded a statue,” Nugroho said.

    “This has hurt our national pride because there are many Indonesian figures who gave worthy service to this nation but no statue has been built for them,” he added.

    Many Indonesians are proud of the fact that Obama lived in Jakarta from 1967 to 1971 with his American mother, his Indonesian stepfather and his half-sister.

    He went by the name “Barry,” attended the local elementary school near where his statue now stands and owned a pet monkey.

    Ron Mullers, a Jakarta resident who came up with the idea of the statue and raised money for it, said it was supposed to inspire local children to follow their dreams.

    “It’s ridiculous. I’m shocked,” Mullers, chairman of the local nonpolitical Friends of Obama Foundation, calling the move against the statue political.

    Mullers likened the backlash to the controversy over whether Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama accepted that accolade in Oslo the same day as his statue was unveiled by Jakarta Mayor Sylviana Murni.

    Murni ruled out moving the statue, saying that it has been erected the correct approvals and without political motive.

    “Everyone in this country can express their opinions freely and give awards like statues to anyone freely,” Murni said. The governor was overseas on business and was not available for comment Tuesday.

    The statue cost more than $10,000. The money was donated by eight Indonesian patrons, a television station and a disaster relief charity.

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2009/12/15/obama-statue-slammed-facebook-critics/?test=latestnews

  43. samiam60 says:

    #

    Obama Statue Slammed by Facebook Critics

    AP

    More than 10,000 people join group on social networking site after statue of President Obama as a boy is erected in Indonesia.
    #

    samiam60 // December 15, 2009 at 6:12 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — A statue of President Barack Obama as a boy erected in a Jakarta park has been targeted in a Facebook campaign by thousands who say it should be removed.

    The Facebook group named “Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Taman Menteng Park” had attracted more than 10,000 members by Tuesday since the 43-inch statue of 10-year-old Obama dressed in shorts and a T-shirt was unveiled in the downtown park on Thursday last week.

    Heru Nugroho, the group’s creator, said he would use the support on the popular social networking Web site to demand that Jakarta Gov. Fauzi Bowo remove the statue.

    “Everybody knows that Obama is a world leader, but he is not our national hero who deserves to be awarded a statue,” Nugroho said.

    “This has hurt our national pride because there are many Indonesian figures who gave worthy service to this nation but no statue has been built for them,” he added.

    Many Indonesians are proud of the fact that Obama lived in Jakarta from 1967 to 1971 with his American mother, his Indonesian stepfather and his half-sister.

    He went by the name “Barry,” attended the local elementary school near where his statue now stands and owned a pet monkey.

    Ron Mullers, a Jakarta resident who came up with the idea of the statue and raised money for it, said it was supposed to inspire local children to follow their dreams.

    “It’s ridiculous. I’m shocked,” Mullers, chairman of the local nonpolitical Friends of Obama Foundation, calling the move against the statue political.

    Mullers likened the backlash to the controversy over whether Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama accepted that accolade in Oslo the same day as his statue was unveiled by Jakarta Mayor Sylviana Murni.

    Murni ruled out moving the statue, saying that it has been erected the correct approvals and without political motive.

    “Everyone in this country can express their opinions freely and give awards like statues to anyone freely,” Murni said. The governor was overseas on business and was not available for comment Tuesday.

    The statue cost more than $10,000. The money was donated by eight Indonesian patrons, a television station and a disaster relief charity.

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2009/12/15/obama-statue-slammed-facebook-critics/?test=latestnews

  44. samiam60 says:

    President Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar,” already a target of social conservatives for his past drug abuse and what they say is his promotion of homosexuality in schools, is under fresh attack after it was revealed that the pro-gay group he formerly headed recommends books his critics say are pornographic.

    The group under fire is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which Kevin Jennings, now the assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools in the Department of Education, founded and ran from 1990 to 2008.

    GLSEN says it works to create a welcoming atmosphere for homosexual students in schools, and that effort includes recommending books for students of all ages.

    But critics say many of the books, particularly some that are targeted for children between Grades 7 to 12, are inappropriately explicit. A full list is available at the blog Gateway Pundit, which has published dozens of controversial passages from the books.

    One recommended book is titled “Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade.” On pages 43 through 45, writer Justin Chin tells of how as a 13-year-old, he went along with “near-rapes” by older men, but “really did enjoy those sexual encounters.” Chin also recounts each sexual action he performed with an “ugly f*** of a man” he met on a bus.

    In another book, “Passages of Pride,” the author writes about a 15-year-old boy’s relationship with a much older man.

    “Near the end of summer, just before starting his sophomore year in high school, Dan picked up a weekly Twin Cities newspaper. Scanning the classifieds, he came upon an ad for a “Man-2-Man” massage. Home alone one day, he called the telephone number listed in the ad and set up an appointment to meet a man named Tom…. Even though Tom was older, almost twice Dan’s age, Dan felt unthreatened by him. Dan admits Tom was a ‘troll’ in every sense of the word — an older closeted gay man seeking sex with a man much younger. But Dan says he was not intimidated by the discrepancy in their ages. ‘He kind of had me in a corner in that he knew I didn’t have access to anything I wanted.’ says Dan. ‘But everything was consensual.’”

    On Page 13 of a third book, “Reflections of a Rock Lobster,” the author recounts his sexual encounters in first grade.

    “By first grade I was sexually active with many friends. In fact, a small group of us regularly met in the grammar school lavatory to perform fellatio on one another. A typical week’s schedule would be Aaron and Michael on Monday during lunch; Michael and Johnny on Tuesday after school; Fred and Timmy at noon Wednesday; Aaron and Timmy after school on Thursday. None of us ever got caught, but we never worried about it anyway.”

    “Reflections of a Rock Lobster” was recommended in 1995, the year Jennings became GLSEN’s first executive director; “Passages of Pride” made the list in 1997 and “Queer 13″ in 1999. Those are just three out of over 100 books that GLSEN has recommended for students in grades 7-12 since 1990, and all three remain on GLSEN’s recommended reading list.

    Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, says the content of the books is shocking, and it raises concerns about Jennings’ judgment.

    “The graphic sexual content of these books is so extreme that I think any average parent or citizen, regardless of how they feel about homosexuality, would be shocked at these books being recommended to young people,” Sprigg said.

    GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard defended her group’s recommendations, telling FoxNews.com in a written statement:

    “Some of the books that might be used with young adult audiences contain mature content, as is true of many memoirs and works of literature. Because of the presence of mature content in some of the works, GLSEN provides very clear guidelines throughout, recommending that adults review each book to make sure the book is suitable.”

    Those guidelines, listed on each book recommendation page, read: “All BookLink items are reviewed by GLSEN staff for quality and appropriateness of content. However, some titles for adolescent readers contain mature themes. We recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability.”

    But critics say the guidelines themselves are damning, because they confirm that GLSEN staff have checked the books for appropriateness. And Jennings, they point out, was in charge at the time.

    “It’s like Jennings just doesn’t realize he’s working with kids here…. You need a totally different set of rules when you’re working with kids,” said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

    LaBarbera said the books should be seen in light of other recent controversies surrounding Jennings.

    In September it came out that, when he was a teacher in Massachusetts, Jennings did not report an incident in which a 16-year-old boy told him that he was having sexual relations with an older man he met in a bus station bathroom. After that, 53 Republican members of the House publicly called for Jennings to be dismissed.

    But Alvin McEwen, who runs a blog called “Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters” and has commented extensively on the Jennings case, said GLSEN’s book recommendations should be seen in a different light.

    “GLSEN is saying that parents should decide. They are saying these books may be a good idea to read, but ultimately it is up to parents,” he told FoxNews.com.

    McEwen said that even though Jennings was the director of GLSEN when the books were recommended, there was no evidence that he personally selected the books.

    “This is ridiculous guilt-by-association … just another moral panic thought up by people who don’t have any legitimate reason to oppose Jennings, so they’ve made a mountain out of molehill,” he said.

    Department of Education spokesman Justin Hamilton declined to comment about Jennings’ role in recommending the books.

    But critics say Jennings, as GLSEN’s first full-time employee and first executive director, must be held responsible.

    “He was at GLSEN from the beginning and was in charge during the time when these books were approved,” said Warren Throckmorton, a professor at Grove City College.

    The blogger at Gateway Pundit, Jim Hoft, wrote elsewhere concerning a “black book” that contains a gay bar guide and explicit sexual references that was handed out at a GLSEN event.

    But McEwen said it’s not clear that Jennings — or GLSEN — knew about the guide, which was distributed by Fenway Community Health officials at a GLSEN event, which they later said had been a mistake.

    Hoft has also alleged that Jennings and GLSEN were involved in Planned Parenthood’s purported distribution of “fisting kits” [fisting involves forcing one's hand into another person's rectum or vagina] at at least one GLSEN event. The kit was actually for making a “dental dam” — designed to prevent STD transmission during oral sex.

    McEwen said that the attacks on Jennings and GLSEN were motivated largely by homophobia.

    “There are a lot of heterosexual books that are just as explicit. In the first page of ‘The Color Purple’ [a 1982 novel that has caused controversy when assigned in schools], the character talks about being raped in graphic terms… what’s in [GLSEN's] books is no different from what’s in The Color Purple.”

    But Sprigg disagrees that books like “The Color Purple” are comparable to those recommended by GLSEN.

    “We are not talking about ‘The Great Gatsby’ or ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ here,” he said. “A lot of people who have only read the news and opinion pieces on this story, without reading the actual excerpts, may think that we are talking about the kind of sexual content that might, in a film, earn a PG-13 or R rating. We are not.

    “This is material that, if portrayed visually, would be a triple-X hard-core porn film, and quite possibly meet the legal definition of obscenity. In fact, I think the homosexual content is the only thing preventing the outcry from being even greater, because some people fear being labeled as ‘anti-gay.’ If the content were heterosexual in nature, there would be no one defending it at all.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/14/obamas-safe-schools-czar-tied-lewd-readings/?test=latestnews

    “The graphic sexual content of these books is so extreme that I think any average parent or citizen, regardless of how they feel about homosexuality, would be shocked at these books being recommended to young people,” Sprigg said.

  45. samiam60 says:

    Ok now I think I am on the right blog post :)

  46. VotingFemale says:

    Yes you are!

    Good Morning Sam, dear!

    Great comments this morning, as always!

  47. Foxwood says:

    Sieg Heil und Guten Morgan fellow unAmerican Nazis!
    It’s time to unfurl the Confederate Swastika and fire the cannon!

  48. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Foxwood!

    Is your system ok now?

  49. samhenry says:

    Good morning Sami, FOX, and VF

    Does FOX Foxfire Frustration continue?

  50. samhenry says:

    Good article in the London Times – Environment section – about how there is no humor in climate change. Eyes glaze over at the mention of it even though we may be at risk!

  51. Foxwood says:

    My computer’s still down. I thought I had it fixed, the the power went out. I shut it down after the power failed. And now the computer doesn’t boot to the desk top.

  52. samhenry says:

    Very sad to hear this FOX. At this time in our nation’s economy and our own, it is not the time for something like this to happen.

    I have hiccups and extreme tired from wrting a blogpost. I am headed back to bed. see you later I hope.

  53. VotingFemale says:

    Will Santa bring you a UPS for power outages?

    Foxwood says

    My computer’s still down. I thought I had it fixed, the the power went out. I shut it down after the power failed. And now the computer doesn’t boot to the desk top.

  54. VotingFemale says:

    Ok… I am off to do a blogpost… laters dear…

  55. Foxwood says:

    Still storms in the area. It’s no win.

  56. samiam60 says:

    Lawmakers Splurge Taxpayer Money on Extravagant Meals, Report Claims

    In a year when Americans struggled to make ends meet, some members of Congress splurged taxpayer money on extravagant meals — including a $5,380 dinner enjoyed by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer at a Maryland banquet hall, the Washington Times reported.

  57. samiam60 says:

    The newspaper, citing a newly released report by watchdog.org, reported Monday that Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo racked up the most expensive tab — $6,090 — for a single meal with members of the House Natural Resources Committee.

    Bordallo, a Democrat, billed the Aug. 11 dinner to taxpayers — making it the most costly disbursement on food and beverage during the third quarter, according to the newspaper.

    Her spokesman, Matthew Mateo, reportedly told the Washington Times that the bill included feeding about 300 guests on the island of Guam in a ballroom overlooking the scenic Tumon Bay.

    Hoyer, meanwhile, spent a whopping $5,380 in taxpayer dollars to indulge in chicken cordon bleu, parsleyed red potatoes and green beans for 200 people at Middleton Hall in Maryland’s Southern District, the newspaper reported.

    The Maryland Democrat reportedly claims the posh Aug. 28 dinner was provided as part of a \women’s networking fair hosted by Hoyer.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/15/lawmakers-splurge-taxpayer-money-extravagant-meals-report-

  58. samiam60 says:

    Our Lawmakers need someone to regulate them!

    Oh, the voting booth! :)

  59. rosehips says:

    g’morn peeps.

    Did you hear the one about….

    How many scientists does it take to fabricate climate change?
    A: only one and then Al Gore does the rest. hahaha

    SH said: Good article in the London Times – Environment section – about how there is no humor in climate change. Eyes glaze over at the mention of it even though we may be at risk!

  60. rosehips says:

    I know that wasn’t that funny but I haven’t finished my second cup of coffee yet.
    hey sami!

  61. rosehips says:

    sami, those lawmakers should be serviing macaroni and cheese and they can throw in little pieces of hot dog on holidays. It is disgraceful during such hard times for many Americans that our lawmakers are so indulgent.

  62. rosehips says:

    especially on the taxpayers dime! Well more than a dime….

  63. rosehips says:

    How many lawmakers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    A: none, they have a contractor do it. Expense: $166. for incandecents and $199. for mercury-laden compact florescents.

  64. rosehips says:

    sami, I went to watchdog.org and found some more interesting expenditures by our lawmakers. Here’s a few:

    Anthony D Weiner Insurance $2,918
    John P. Sarbanes Franked Mail $72,286

    Chellie Pingree Franked Mail $72,105

    Ruben Hinojosa Translation & Interpretation $2,288
    Tom Price Bottled Water $1,202
    Nancy Pelosi Other: Performance Based Ergonomics $179

  65. rosehips says:

    I gots to wake up earlier in the morning.

  66. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Rose!

    I am almost done with the new blogpost… just a few moments left… see you in just a few, dear!

  67. samiam60 says:

    Rosehips hello. I posted a vid and had to run do somethings came back saw your comment and well here I am but will have to leave again soon.

  68. VotingFemale says:

    HAHAHAHA!!!!

    rosehips says

    g’morn peeps.

    Did you hear the one about….

    How many scientists does it take to fabricate climate change?
    A: only one and then Al Gore does the rest. hahaha

    SH said: Good article in the London Times – Environment section – about how there is no humor in climate change. Eyes glaze over at the mention of it even though we may be at risk!

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  70. samhenry says:

    CAT – can’t get to the new post YELP!

  71. DEO says:

    I don’t understand a comparison of the sitting president of the USA and a hack hawking books.
    Palin is a tap dancing vaudeville act doing the shimmy to tune of KA-CHING.

  72. samhenry says:

    It’s all in the eye of the beholder DEO. A big GOD like you should know this AND be kind to others as you would have them be kind to you, etc. I think you get the picture. We’re happy to have your opinion, though.

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