The President’s Weekly Address (Jan. 31, 2008)

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  1. Nannymm

    From previous thread:
    It’s beginning to look like same old same old… The repugs don’t want bipartisan solutions. They want it their way or they’ll tear down the opposition, even if they have to lie and distort to do it. Nothing new here; let’s move on and get things done.

  2. dnd

    Nannymm,
    There are no more moderate Republicans left in the House, only extreme right-wing wackos. There are some moderate Republicans in the Senate and I hope they set a good example by saying country first, party second.

  3. dog's eye view

    Who wants to help with research for a series of posts on gerrymandering?

    Seems to me that reducing gerrymandering is the reform that will produce the fastest and most bang for the buck. It’s ridiculous to keep electing and re-electing zealots from districts made safe by political interference with drawing district lines. It stinks no matter who does it.

  4. Agree with what dnd said, the repugs who held their seats in the House are the darlings of the rightest of the right.

  5. dog's eye view

    looked at the comments on Washington Monthly about Daschle tax disclosures. With 30 so far, this is not looking survivable for Daschle, and the cost of pressing on with his nomination would damage Obama.

    Wonder if Daschle will pull his nomination, or how this will play out.

    It’s an ethics tussle no one needs right now; blood in the water for anyone who wants to sneer about “what change”? Especially in light of Wall Street excesses, and what appears to be legal procedure (if not ethical procedure).

    A shame, because Daschle’s a good public servant.

    And instructive, because tightening ethics standards long ago — and actually performing oversight on a president of their own party — would have preserved many political careers.

    Tightening regulation on banks and loan standards; ensuring consumer protection against usurious credit card issuers and payday loan companies; discouraging Wall Street’s going for the short-term vs. long term payoff; accepting that access to better healthcare promotes a better society and makes business more competitive …

    Our economy would be sounder had there not been such rewards for being an ostrich/grasshopper/pick your flagrant imbecile example.

    Short term, down the line.

  6. Chef Sheila

    I see it this way….Rome was not built in a day and neither was any great idea.

    The proof is in the pudding and this time, the pudding is going rise like a loaf of bread before its finally baked.

    It depends on how fresh the yeast is, the temperature of the room its rising in, and the temperature of the oven when its baked. bread is a living thing and its not only the bread’s responsibility to bake.

    All of these phases must align and it takes practice to make it great every time.

    We’ve just started and thank God Obama is who he is. Consistant and repeditive

  7. Nannymm

    Not in my district. John McHugh is one of three repug congressmen in NY. He is a moderate but still too repug for me. If we’d had a reasonably good Dem candidate last November, McHugh would have been defeated. But, we didn’t; so we’re stuck with him for 2more years.

  8. I really hope Daschle can survive this, I think he would be outstanding in the job.

  9. dnd

    I think the Daschle story will get a lot of press, but ultimately he’ll get confirmed. The Senate likes one of their own.

  10. dnd

    dog,
    I gave gerrymandering some serious thought when Tom DeLay was involved in some sneaky gerrymandering here in Colorado. While there are some interesting technical solutions, none are perfect. More to the point, as this is a political process, technical solutions would never be adopted.

  11. andeeroo

    Clisters –
    the only bi-partisan thing our congress has done is let Wall Street and our Banking system destroy the economy!

    Who Saved President Obama’s Life?

    Find out at:

    andeeroo.wordpress.com

  12. dog's eye view

    Hello? Hello?

    One of my favorite blogs (2 women driving an 18 wheeler with a beagle on board too) posted re the Kentucky ice storm.

    These women write way better than most people ever drive; the beagle is — cute as a button. Although possibly demonic.

    Stace writes:

    We headed out of Kentucky this a.m. Picked up a load in Memphis and are heading to Los Angeles.

    Man, I can’t tell you how god-awful it is in Kentucky. Those poor people. Seems like everywhere in the state looks like a war zone.

    I drove across the state, night before last, in the dark, and it was damned eerie. There weren’t many lights on anywhere, what with the electricity being out over such a large area, and when there were lights, the trees and ground sparkled with ice, pretty, but deadly.

    On the parkways in the western part of the state, trees had fallen by the hundreds onto the road. Looked like crews had been working hard to clear them off the highways as much as they could. Still, it was best to drive in the left-hand lane to avoid the ones that still hung into the road a bit.

    We had a bad ice storm like this hit at home about two years ago. Clean-up took well over a year. Who knows how long it’s going to take to clean up in Kentucky, and the other states that were hit by this storm.

    My heart goes out to them all.

  13. dog's eye view

    Barbaro’s little full brother, Nicanor, had a less than auspicious first race at Gulfstream Park in Florida today. Read that he’d finished 9th — the NYTimes has just corrected that to a 10th place finish.

    Although, still a gorgeous horse and hopefully with a full and happy life ahead of him. And more races.

    Anyway, here’s the update; gets worse for the valiant Nicanor:

    “Nicanor made a move near the half-mile mark but never got close to the lead and eventually slowed to little more than a gallop, beaten 25 lengths by 30-1 shot Warrior’s Reward.

    But really, it was over at the start, when Nicanor essentially stumbled over his own feet.

    ”The back of his foot grabbed his quarter coming out of the gate,” said co-owner Roy Jackson. ”It’ll be a bit painful. … But we got the first race in him, and we’ll go from here.”

    Beaten by 25 lengths by the 30:1 shot.

    Well, that much sweeter if he prevails in future races, hmm.

    This past year has taught us not to count out dark horses.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/01/31/sports/AP-RAC-Barbaros-Brother.html

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