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"a young commander in chief"

I had a hard time with the president's decision on Afghanistan. Obviously many others have too. My instinct is exit now, end this war, period. But then after he announced his plan that conflicted with another instinct I have. To trust him. And I do. But that's not at all what I'm writing about here, my position on the war.

It's just about our president, and a moment that will go down in history.

NY Times today:

Now as his top military adviser ran through a slide show of options, Mr. Obama expressed frustration. He held up a chart showing how reinforcements would flow into Afghanistan over 18 months and eventually begin to pull out, a bell curve that meant American forces would be there for years to come.

“I want this pushed to the left,” he told advisers, pointing to the bell curve. In other words, the troops should be in sooner, then out sooner.

It's a lie factory. They make lies. Factory-made lies. Lies from a factory. A factory of lies.

How many ways can we think of to say it and say it and say it?

The shot rang around the blogosphere this morning, everyone has heard it. It's quoted on a rec list diary at Daily Kos.

GRAYSON: My response is WHATEVER. America is sick of you, Republican Party. You are a LIE FACTORY - that's all you ever do. Why don't you work together with the Democrats to solve America's problems instead of making stuff up?

It is good to see that Dem leadership is going to stand with Grayson on his "Die quickly" line and reject the fake outrage from the other side. However, I can't help but feel like we will let an opportunity to go on offense slip away. Again.

America joins mile-high club, gets screwed on Citibank jet.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usOriginally posted 2009-01-26 20:42:10 -0500; Bumped, promoted and updated by carol, Huffington Post reports the following.

According to a report from ABC News, President Obama is not taking kindly to corporate greed, especially when it's funded by taxpayer money. Read more from ABC here:

The high-flying execs at Citigroup caved under pressure from President Obama and decided today to abandon plans for a luxurious new $50 million corporate jet from France...

ABC News has learned that Monday officials of the Obama administration called Citigroup about the company's new $50 million corporate jet and told execs to "fix it."

When AIG had their famous junket on us (taxpayers), I wrote a diary covering an aspect of it I hadn't seen elsewhere: the luxurious details of the beautiful St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California. Ain't no Party Like an AIG Party. Image Hosted by

The diary was a guide to the restaurants, the golf, the spa, etc. Highlighted were the bar where you paid for them to celebrate their latest streak of good luck and the Presidential Suite Master Bath where you paid for them to do wash (or do whatever with... or pay hookers to do whatever with) their pasty executive... parts. Details. Exactly what you got for your tax dollars.


Wanna join the mile-high club, baby? Join me over the fold for all the soaring details of the brand spankin' new $50,000,000 corporate jet you just bought for Citibank:

You can't just go around clubbing rats.

The sleepy town of Hamelin has a rat problem – again. The first time, according to legend, the rats ran riot“Rats!” wrote Robert Browning in his famous poem, “They fought the dogs and killed the cats, and bit the babies in the cradles, and ate the cheeses out of the vats, and licked the soup from the cooks’ own ladles!”

Lieberman says what?

Promoted. Originally posted 2008-11-08 17:19:52 -0500. -- GH

Stinging Talk About Obama? Never Mind Now

But she [Palin] took an entirely different tone on Thursday, when she chastised reporters for asking her questions about her war with some staff members in the McCain campaign at such a heady time. “Barack Obama has been elected president,” "God Bless Barack Obama," Ms. Palin said.

Trailer for Obama 1/2 hour program released to NYT, still no video.

Promoted.  -- GH

I've scoured everywhere for the video but I don't see it. So far all I can find is a screen capture and a wingnut viral video. NYT received and reported on a one minute trailer. It was released to the NY Times last night:

Obama Infomercial, a Closing Argument to the Everyman Mr. Obama’s campaign agreed to provide The New York Times with a minute-long trailer for the 30-minute program. ... As the screen flashes scenes of suburban lawns, a freight train and Mr. Obama seated at a kitchen table with a group of white, apparently working-class voters, Mr. Obama says: “We’ve seen over the last eight years how decisions by a president can have a profound effect on the course of history and on American lives; much that’s wrong with our country goes back even farther than that.”

I'm looking for the video, and will post it if I can find it. Screen capture via Stwriley at dkos:

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It has the YouTube logo on the bottom corner.. I guess that means it was up briefly and then taken down? Dunno. But I can't find it there or anywhere. 

Ain't no party like an AIG party

originally posted 2008-10-08 06:54:32 - bumped, cho

AIG executives thank you for financing their trip to such a beautiful resort :)

They want you to know that your money paid for a wonderful retreat!! They have been exhausted from their role in deflating your 401k for their own enrichment - boy did they need this luxurious getaway. You (and your children and grandchildren) are so generous to pay for it!

McCain response to renaissance of the Keating 5 scandal: He's not a crook.

for a change of pace from the market meltdown.. originally posted 2008-10-06 06:29:21, bumped.

McCain attorney John Dowd attempts to set the record straight on McCain and the Keating Five scandal in a media call.

Says McCain was “completely open with both the public and the Senate” during the hearings. Emphasized he was not found to have violated any rule of the Senate or law of the U.S.

Palin will keep an eye on the Russians for us.

WOODRUFF: Senator Obama, this question of whether or not national service would be elevated to cabinet level position, among other things, Senator McCain said that if it were that, he would ask you to be his secretary. Would you ask him, if you were elected president, to run the national service...

OBAMA: Well, I mean, if this is the deal he wants to make right now, I...


... I am committed to appointing him to my cabinet of national service.