Sunday, November 30, 2008

Home Again

Safe and sound, had a great time. Friends, food and copious amounts of alcohol make a pretty swell combination I say. Here's a little something to tide you over until I feel up to writing something:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sorry to have been absent lately. Life tends to get in the way of blogging duties sometimes, as I am finding out. Anyway, I'm still happy with our new President - so far, so good I say even if he isn't the pinko commie Hitleresque leftist that I thought he was when I voted for him. Hah!

I'm going out of town for a few days, probably be back on Saturday. My job for this year's Thanksgiving is to bring "sides" and I threw in a pumpkin flan also. The side dishes I'm bringing are: Orange Roasted Sweet Potatoes Con Poblanos, Spinach Artichoke Casserole, Corn Pudding, and Garlic Green Beans. Any of you out there cooking? I'd love to hear some of your favorite dishes and/or recipes in the comments.

Will also be watching to see if our Dallas Cowboys can hang on to their sliver of a hope of getting into the playoffs this year. Maybe go see "Milk", play some croquet, drink liberally - try to forget the crash for just a little while. How 'bout you?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

60

Regarding all the buzz about the possiblity of a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, I heard this mentioned on some show last night (might have been Countdown, not sure) and it was something that had also occurred to me: There is, of course, no assurance that even if we have 60 Democrats in the Senate they would all vote with the Democratic caucus - they probably won't on every issue. Furthermore, on some issues, it should not be difficult to find moderate Republicans who are willing to vote with Democrats. Thus, a filibuster-proof majority is going to depend more on the strength of Obama's/Democrats' agenda and their political skills than on the actual number of Democrats in the Senate. Seems that way to me, anyway. That said, the more Democrats the better, no doubt, but I'm still more concerned about the quality rather than the quantity of Senate Democrats - and that of course is what requires our vigilance and participation.

It's fun watching this new administration begin to take shape. I really don't know what to make of the brouhaha over Hillary for Scty/State, except that the press just seems to get the vapors about anything Clinton-related. I think she'd be fine, and I don't believe there would be any problems with either her OR Bill attempting to "upstage" Obama. That scenario seems like press drama dreamed up entirely for their own amusement. I liked John Kerry for the job, too, though frankly I'd be sorry to lose either of them in the Senate, and not because of that 60-vote majority thing but because they're both good Senators.

By all accounts, Daschle is a great pick for HHS. I like Howard Dean, and I think he deserves to be rewarded for the job he did with the DNC, so I hope that happens. Greenwald, whose authority on this subject I respect, has what seems to be to be a thorough and ultimately positive assessment of the Eric Holder pick. I think that most of us who feel strongly that there should be some serious investigations and prosecutions for the criminal abuses of the Bush administration know that we are going to be disappointed(this little comedy notwithstanding), but for now, are willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt that he will move a progressive agenda significantly forward. And that, added to the pleasure of seeing the back end of George W. Bush as he fades into history, is reason enough to relax and say an extra prayer of Thanksgiving as we head into this holiday week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

He's not our "Commander-in-Chief"

Glenn Greenwald has rightfully excoriated the particularly pernicious example of rightwing wordplay (given legs, of course, by helpful Democrats and pundits) of calling the President "our" Commander-in-Chief. Our Decider Chimp just loved to strap on his codpiece, dress up in a flightsuit and prance around on an aircraft carrier calling himself "Commander-in-Chief." It's not that hard to see how this wordplay has contributed to the encroaching misperception that our President, and those whom he deems worthy, are above the law. Our founders went to great lengths to ensure that we do not live under a monarchy; that we answer to a concept, not a person, and that concept is The Rule of Law. I believe that Barack Obama understands this, but I hope that he also understands how corrosive the Bush administration has been to that concept and what steps are going to be necessary to restore its validity.

UPDATE: This is not a good first step. Yeah, I know that what Joe Lieberman did was not against the law, but what I'm talking about here is accountablility, which is what standing for the rule of law is all about - and this does not bode well for Obama's and Senate Democrats' commitment to accountability - or, for that matter, to that "Change" thing that Obama campaigned on. As Jane Hamsher says:
It's high irony for Reid to talk about being "unified as Democrats." He just told the people who worked hard for Obama's election, who still want to see some oversight on Katrina, to go Cheney themselves.

I'm not feeling too welcome at the moment.

How about you?

Will someone please explain this to me?

Who the hell sets up twin bathtubs outside and WHY? Wouldn't lawn chairs be a lot easier?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wanker of the Day

Beating Atrios to the punch, Jamie Kirchick.

If Senate Democrats don't want to kick Joe Lieberman out of the caucus, fine. The citizens of Connecticut will get around to it soon enough. But to leave him in as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is just stupid. We've had 8 long years of Intense Stupid and I'm tired of it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hope

Not just a campaign slogan?

UPDATE: Digby weighs in.

Vanquish the Beast

Ruth and I see very much eye to eye on this issue. Thanks Ruth!

Forget the First Puppy

Mark Hoback reminds us that there are more important things to wonder about.

Specs

Digby has a post up about this flow chart. Interesting. I like the idea of Howard Dean in HHS, seems to me that he's earned it and would be good in that position. I also would like to see Richard Clark, Tom Daschle, and as many Kennedys as possible included in this new administration. There are so many good Democrats out there, and I'm sure many of the best ones are those I've never heard of, so we'll just have to see what President-elect Obama does with this hand that he's been dealt, right? Should be quite a show in Center Ring these next few months, not to mention what's happening on the sidelines.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day

My place of employment has granted us this day off, an unusual move so I plan to make the most of it and will be away from my computer for most of it. For all of you who are not as lucky as I am, nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!

"Halting"?? Excuse me, did you say..."HALTING?"

The Assrocket propels himself into the Wingnut Hall O' Shame.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Send in Luca Brasi

And let's give Senator Lieberman an offer he can't refuse.

Something to thank Sarah Palin for

Taking some of the heat off of Texas:
My former state has taken a battering and the things people believe about it now are quite damaging. It used to be that I would say I was from Alaska and people would be interested and intrigued, some of them very envious. Now people think it's either a laughing stock or a corrupt hellhole. The truth is that it's become a petrostate, similar to Saudi Arabia, run by princes who are made wealthy on oil profits. They need to do something about it.

I know how they feel

Faces from around the world.

And here are some more!

Apparently, the Post had some kind of contest:
Limerick Contest Winner
Thanks to everyone who participated in our PostPartisan campaign limerick contest yesterday. We saw unprecedented turnout -- with close to 300 entries. And it was a tough race. But the votes have been counted and the results are in. After the jump are our eight honorable mentions, our runner-up (who will receive a commemorative edition of today's Post) and our winner (who will get an original Toles cartoon).

Honorable Mentions

engelmann:
No greater survivor there can surely be
than John McCain, Vietnam pilot and detainee
but even a veteran of crashes
couldnʼt escape from the ashes
of the smoldering wreckage of Bush forty three

DeanAlterman:
An Irish-American mama
Said to her priest, "Father Thomma,
How can I choose
Twixt the reds and the blues?"
He quickly replied, "Vote O'Bama."

slenon:
When engaged in a contest political
Running mate choice is most critical
Avoid giggles and winks
Pick a partner who thinks,
And possesses some skills analytical

tgearty:
They said that Obama lacked "tough"--
Too smooth when the going got rough.
But they didn't know,
To win the whole show,
Speak softly and carry a Plouffe.

YourManInKetchikan:
A wink and a not and he let
A barracuda inside of his jet
Now heʼs bit and heʼs bleeding
His polls are receding
If only he'd called for a vet!

f_kranzberg:
"It's the economy, stupid" they say,
'Cept for McCain on that fateful Fall day.
Did it cost him the crown?
Or is Palin the clown,
Who cares - we enjoyed Tina Fey!

pinkfire:
The Republican menu lacked drama,
So they served up a hot hockey mama.
But red meat on high heels
Is an unhealthy meal,
So, no thanks, Iʼll be having Obama!

garyt23:
In the land of red, white and blue,
Rode a man who was black/white and new,
People questioned his range
When he named his horse "Change,"
But that steed drove him straight, drove him true.

Runner-Up
bgraham1:
This limerick is written by Palin,
And I'm just gonna ignore your liberal media "gotcha" rules and requirements
About rhyming, which is also
A socialist agenda
So too and also in my experience
As a mayor of the buckets of job creation
I can see Russia from my house

Winner
busstopboxer:
McCain's new best friend, Joe the Plumber
Is having his Indian Summer
He soon hopes to be
On a country CD
And probably driving a Hummer

Nancy sends a limerick

Obama rode forth from his garrison,
While McCain menaced the Saracen.
Biden his time,
Barack made his climb.
McCain was Palin comparison.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

OMGOMGOMGOMG

What an incredible night. I am at a friend's house on her computer so I will be brief - actually, I think I'll let Atrios say it for me:

Holy Fucking Shit!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today's The Day!


Heh - stole that image from...wait for it...TexasFred! It's nice that, for once, a wingnut could be good for something!

So what are you all doing tonight? I'll be going over to a girlfriend's house and a few others are coming over for dinner and we'll gab and drink and watch returns. I also am planning to spend the night there and take the day off from work tomorrow - whoopeee!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Oh Damn.

Obama's grandmother died today. I was so hoping, as I'm sure everyone was, that she would live to see him win this election.

More Travelin' Friends

Not to be outdone, heydave sends along pictures from his travels to Wisconsin's Copper Falls State Park:





One. More. Day.

As a most pleasant and needed diversion from thinking about this election, here are a couple of pix sent along this morning from friend MW's farm in east Texas. Not the Smokey Mountains, he acknowledges, but Texas takes what it can get: