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  1. Morning peeps,

    Andrew M. Cuomo Announces Candidacy for Governor of New York

    Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced that
    he was running for governor in a video on his Web site.

    The announcement is available at andrewcuomo.com.

  2. Watch what Daddy Paul has to say about the Civil Rights Act of ’64 & The Civil War.

  3. tonyb


    I’m starting to agree with Carville and others,this President is again being to conciliatory,this time with BP.Will President Obama do something other than spout tough pretty words??? No one fears President Obama,why?

  4. dog's eye view

    Incidentally, saw “Oceans” yesterday (Disney’s underwater doc) and it is so worth seeing in a theatre. Treat yourself to a few hours in a blue world, if you’ve not yet.

    Very strong environmental message.

    I couldn’t help but think about Rand Paul and his “accidents happen” mentality.

    Well, they do. But they’re assured if you allow unaccountable, profit-driven corporations to function in an environment with lax regulation and short-term thinking.

    I hope our government makes an example of BP, and makes it pay all of the clean-up and remediation costs, including lost wages for those affected by a preventable spill. Sue them out of existence, if need be.

    Brazil and other countries don’t allow this crap, and aren’t wallowing in this on top of everything else that’s gone wrong in recent years.

    There’s a real downside to unfettered “capitalism”. People see that, with all the institutional fail. Don’t lose this opportunity to make real changes.

  5. tonyb

    Oh wait,another bi-partisan commission! Hope their a little more successful than other b-partisan things the President has attempted???

  6. dog's eye view

    I’d like to see a lot of spine too, Tony. And not just from BP’s lawyers.

    The Senate made some real progress with financial regulatory reform.

    I am hoping you are going to see more along those lines.

  7. tonyb

    “I hope our government makes an example of BP, and makes it pay all of the clean-up and remediation costs, including lost wages for those affected by a preventable spill. Sue them out of existence, if need be.”

    Good post.I hope this President leads the way on BP,i have my doubts!!

  8. dog's eye view

    And by that, I mean driven by the White House. Although worthy congressional initiatives are always good too.

  9. tonyb

    I hope so! I know this President can do it,think back to the primaries,he showed spine at times.This President is popular,damn doesn’t he get people will back a strong leader all the way..My opinion,of course..

  10. tonyb

    “Although worthy congressional initiatives are always good too.”

    True,we need all the help we can get.I just hate to see another commission where all they do is call up executives before them and have a dog and pony show.President Obama needs to act and act now! I realize it means him taking ownership of the spill,but as Bob Herbert say’s somebody has too..

  11. And who says I can’t get down! Finally went live with this client!


  12. tonyb


    “More Than Just an Oil Spill”

    “The response of the Obama administration and the general public to this latest outrage at the hands of a giant, politically connected corporation has been embarrassingly tepid. We take our whippings in stride in this country. We behave as though there is nothing we can do about it.

    The fact that 11 human beings were killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion (their bodies never found) has become, at best, an afterthought. BP counts its profits in the billions, and, therefore, it’s important. The 11 men working on the rig were no more important in the current American scheme of things than the oystermen losing their livelihoods along the gulf, or the wildlife doomed to die in an environment fouled by BP’s oil, or the waters that will be left unfit for ordinary families to swim and boat in.

    This is the bitter reality of the American present, a period in which big business has cemented an unholy alliance with big government against the interests of ordinary Americans, who, of course, are the great majority of Americans. The great majority of Americans no longer matter.”

  13. nannymm

    “No one fears President Obama,why?”

    Well, at the risk of getting everyone pissed off at me again….. Obama has no balls. He needs to grow a pair or borrow (dare I say it?) HILLARY’s!

    • dnd

      “Well, at the risk of getting everyone pissed off at me again….. Obama has no balls. He needs to grow a pair or borrow (dare I say it?) HILLARY’s!”

      Saw the Geezinslaws do this once. They do it better than Ledoux.

  14. eProf2

    Greetings from the desert. We saw our first 100 degree day yesterday. Cooler weather next week and then hot weather for summer will arrive for sure. Great swimming, though!

  15. dooty

    “And who says I can’t get down! Finally went live with this client!” says Brian.

    So, here brian this is for you! The Geezinslaws from Austin, TX.

  16. tonyb

    Hi Nanny,

    No reason for anyone to get pissed,if they do its because the truth hurts..

    President Obama is a wonderful and smart man but it takes balls be they from woman or men to really make things happen..Unfortunately in life to many mistake kindness for weakness so it has to be toughness that rules.I had to learn the hard way at GM.I worked in a plant with 8000 people.The people were some of the worst the world has to offer and some of the best.I was to nice up until about 22,when after being abused over and over i finally got it.Oh and with a little help from the UAW..

  17. tonyb

    I believe you can get down,ha your gay were modern day super hero’s..Funny,i have this vision of you and a disco ball…

  18. nannymm

    No whining, dnd. Just re-stating the facts.

    • dnd

      “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts. ”

      — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  19. nannymm

    That’s correct. And it is a fact that no one fears Obama. He is no LBJ. He’s too cool. He needs to grow a pair if he wants to be a strong leader.

  20. tonyb

    I’m not making up my own facts.Check out Herbert(NYT) on occasion or Carville(CNN)..Bottom line,too much Mr.Nice Guy from the President..Bush did horrible things and got everything he wanted from being tough..I want a President that’s tough and has the good intentions and brains of Obama..Its the only way were going to get the real change we voted for..I know theirs a long list of accomplishments from this President so far, but i don’t think the average citizen hasn’t felt much change yet…

    • dnd

      Herbert – opinion
      Carville – opinion

      Nothing wrong with opinions. Have a few myself 😉
      But opinions are not facts. Important distinction.

      Seems to me that part of the change Obama campaigned on was developing an environment of consensus, of working together for the common good. You don’t get there by being a bad ass, the type of behavior he said was wrong with our government lately. Bad ass begets bad ass. Peace begets peace.

      “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
      — Matthew 5:9

  21. I always carry a big stick!

  22. nannymm

    dnd, Obama is neither Jesus nor Ghandi. He speaks softly but I have seen no evidence of that big stick.
    Brian… you’re OT.

    • dnd

      Hillary has balls? Huh. I guess that explains why her husband is always cheating on her. What I don’t understand is if she has balls why she docilely sits there and takes the public humiliation.

  23. nannymm

    Why she sits there? What a fucking low blow! You should be ashamed of yourself for that comment. Why is not our concern. What women do in their private lives/marriages is none of your business, dnd… unless of course it’s YOUR wife who is just sitting there. It’s rather chauvinistic of you to question it. And disgusting.
    And suggesting that Hillary is somehow the cause of Bill’s cheating says a lot about you. Beyond revolting!
    And, yes, Hillary has balls, as in GUTS, A SPINE, A BACKBONE. She’s STRONG!

    • dnd

      “And, yes, Hillary has balls, as in GUTS, A SPINE, A BACKBONE. She’s STRONG!”
      Give me a few examples, other than dodging that live fire at the Tuzla Bosnia airport. Oh wait, it did take balls to lie about such a thing for political purposes.

  24. tonyb

    Herbert – opinion
    Carville – opinion

    Nothing wrong with opinions. Have a few myself 😉
    But opinions are not facts. Important distinction.

    Yep,opinions for sure,based on facts! :0) oh,my opinion of course…

    • dnd

      If it’s your opinion that Herbert and Carville’s opinions were opinions based on facts, then there is no factual basis to back up your claim.

      Emotion fuels opinions.
      Logic fuels facts.

  25. tonyb

    “And, yes, Hillary has balls, as in GUTS, A SPINE, A BACKBONE. She’s STRONG!”

    Oh Yes!,

    Wow,what does a womens toughness or lack there of ever have to do with whether a man cheats or not? I’ve seen many a man cheat and many a woman stay with them for the family,are you saying that’s weak???My own Grandmother did just that and she was tough as nails…

  26. What a perfect time for me to be out of smokes and needing to go the store!

  27. tonyb

    What a perfect time for you to quit smoking..Just a friendly suggestion…:)

  28. nannymm

    You can’t or won’t address Obama’s passivity. Instead you choose to demean Hillary Clinton. Have at it…. It doesn’t alter my initial statement. Obama needs to get tougher.
    As for Hillary, her accomplishments speak for themselves. Idiotic comments from chauvinists don’t change that.

    • dnd

      “You can’t or won’t address Obama’s passivity. Instead you choose to demean Hillary Clinton. ”

      I did address it. You ignored it.
      I did not demean Hillary, you did.

  29. nannymm

    Once again, Tony, we’re wasting our breath. dnd is a Hillary hater and a sexist ….. (I’m NOT going to complete that statement but feel free to fill in the blanks!)

    • dnd

      “dnd is a Hillary hater and a sexist ”

      1. I don’t hate Hillary. Lately I’m rather fond of her.
      2. I’m not a sexist, but I’m thinking you might be.
      3. How would you feel if I said: “Nannymm is a Obama hater and a racist.”

  30. nannymm

    I demeaned Hillary? You need glasses, dnd.

  31. tonyb

    Oh D,
    Yes,lets just stick to the facts! Hillary has nothing to do with it.Obama is President and he needs to get tougher.I think you know this or you wouldn’t be slandering Hillary..We need a tough President in this global 24/7 info world we live in if we ever hope to get the change we need..Just think if we had a President with the toughness of Bush and the goodness and brains of Obama what we could accomplish…

    • dnd

      “Yes,lets just stick to the facts! ”

      Tony, If you can’t cogently respond to my argument about opinion vs. facts, changing the subject does not back up your position. That a trick that the cable pundits use all the time ;).

      But what I want to know is specifically what the President needs to get tougher on.

  32. nannymm

    That is what I’d like to see, Tony. But I’d prefer the toughness of LBJ. 🙂

  33. tonyb

    “Logic fuels facts.”

    I agree with you! Herbert and Carville are very logical guys,very successful too..

  34. tonyb


    LBJ of course is a better example because he accomplished good! Bush accomplished very tragic things with his toughness,but accomplish he did..

  35. nannymm

    Well, I wouldn’t care, dnd, if you did since I’ve concluded that your opinions aren’t worth shit. BUT… I haven’t made any racist comments. You, however, have made some sexist ones here today. The suggestion that Hillary caused Bill to cheat is very sexist AND wrong. Bill is SOLELY responsible for his actions.

    • dnd

      “Well, I wouldn’t care, dnd, if you did since I’ve concluded that your opinions aren’t worth shit.”

      As I’m a proponent of the civility that the President wants for our nation, I won’t respond to that statement.

  36. nannymm

    Well, he could start by suspending all off shore drilling by BP. They are screwing up the Gulf Coast and seem totally incapable of stopping the flow of oil. He could also take over and put others in charge. He could take steps to freeze BP’s assets until it is clear what this will all cost and that BP intends to pay for it.

    • dnd

      “Well, he could start by suspending all off shore drilling by BP. They are screwing up the Gulf Coast and seem totally incapable of stopping the flow of oil. He could also take over and put others in charge. He could take steps to freeze BP’s assets until it is clear what this will all cost and that BP intends to pay for it.”

      That would of course be illegal and beyond his constitutional powers.

  37. nannymm

    Obama could and should have regulators all over BP and other oil companies like white on rice. And while he’s at it, he should do the same with the coal mining industry. Enough is enough! These companies are destroying lives and our environment!

  38. nannymm

    Civility is overrated. I prefer to call it as I see it.

  39. tonyb

    I didn’t think i would ever convince you of anything regarding President Obama and his lack of toughness!

    Well my list would include,

    1.Healthcare,although his lack of fighting for the Public Option has left us a fig leaf for a healthcare bill..

    2. BP and the oil spill,although I don’t think the spill is the Presidents fault, he will have to own the spill and takeover i believe or like Katrina he will be blamed for a lack of government helping..I realize he would be taking political risk here but there’s also risk in setting back and trusting BP..

    3.Republican’s..I do believe he wasted a year trying for bi- partisan support for healthcare..Toughness would come in handy in dealing with them.I do believe he’s finally got that the Republican’s will never assist him..

    There’s more but really other than piddling time away,I’m where I am and you are where you are regarding the President and its not likely to change..

  40. tonyb

    OMG,your very smart! Damn,i wish the President would take you up on those suggestions regarding BP..

  41. nannymm

    Tony, our president is too cautious. It has not served him well so far; if he doesn’t toughen up and take some real risks, he will waste an incredible opportunity. I like Obama; I even respect his desire to change the tone in Washington. But I think it’s a fool’s errand. He always waits too long to act. Bush acted without thinking; Obama thinks too long. We need a happy medium. Some situations just don’t lend themselves to long periods of thinking; they require quick action. This disaster in the Gulf is one of those situations just like Katrina was. Yes, there is a long term situation here that needs careful study and review. But, right now we need immediate action to get this situation under control, to stop the flow of oil, and to contain the damage as best as can be accomplished. It’s now over a month!!! Obama must act forcefully NOW!

  42. nannymm

    Actually, dnd, BP doesn’t have all the required permits for many of their wells.There is one right near the Horizon that reportedly is another disaster waiting to haen according to whistle blowers. Obama can order all relevant regulatory agencies to scrutinize those rigs/wells and shut them down if there is any reason whatsoever to do so. He can find a way to come down HARD on BP. If he needs Congress to write emergency legislation, he can ask. He can also get the Justice Department to go after BP. I’ll bet there is plenty there to work with. And if there is a criminal investigation, I believe the government can freeze assets. Remember Bernie Maddoff?

  43. nannymm

    Now here is a man with GUTS!

    The War Is Making You Poor Act
    By Congressman Alan Grayson

    Next week, there is going to be a “debate” in Congress on yet another war funding bill. The bill is supposed to pass without debate, so no one will notice.
    What George Orwell wrote about in “1984” has come true. What Eisenhower warned us about concerning the “military-industrial complex” has come true. War is a permanent feature of our societal landscape, so much so that no one notices it anymore.
    But we’re going to change this. Today, we’re introducing a bill called ‘The War Is Making You Poor Act’. The purpose of this bill is to connect the dots, and to show people in a real and concrete way the cost of these endless wars.

    • dnd

      Now here is a man with GUTS!

      The “Wins for Kids” charitable campaign, a program run jointly by the Colorado Rockies and FSN Rocky Mountain, enters its 5th season in 2010. In the past four seasons, it has generated over $200,000 for children’s charities in the Denver area.

      This season, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki wanted to get involved by growing a mullet — that’s right, a mullet — for kids. He has promised to grow out his mullet as long as fans are donating to the “Wins for Kids” campaign.

      All proceeds from “Wins for Kids” will be donated to The Children’s Hospital and Special Olympics Colorado.


  44. nannymm

    I don’t know about guts, but clearly Troy Tulowitzki clearly is a man with heart. Good for him! I hope he keeps raising lots of money for children’s charities.

    • dnd

      If you like Alan Grayson, he has a segment every Thursday on the Stephanie Miller show. It’s called “Face the Grayson” (a takeoff on “Face the Nation”) where callers get an opportunity to ask him questions. Grayson has a remarkable dead-pan, self-effacing sense of humor.


  45. tonyb

    I catch S.Miller on XM,she is very good..I have missed Grayson though,glad you said something.Grayson is a favorite of mine when he’s on Rachael or Ed…

  46. eProf2

    And, I thought it got here in Arizona — temperature wise! The playpen runneth over!

  47. nannymm

    Hi, eprof. 🙂

  48. tonyb


    “While Sarah Palin Exploits Hillary Clinton Empowers”

    “My favorite moment was Clinton’s forceful response to a question in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “What does Mr. Clinton think through the mouth of Mrs. Clinton?” a man asked. “You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not the secretary of state. I am. You ask my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I’m not going to be channeling my husband,” Clinton said.

    Cue the accusations of what a “strident” “shrill” person she is – but you know, those accusations come from the Right and frankly, I don’t give a damn. She was brilliant and unapologetic in her demand to be treated as the authority she is.

    Scott Pelly asked Clinton, “You felt it was expressed from a viewpoint of gender bigotry so to speak?” Clinton replied by talking about the great 21st Century mission of expanding rights for women and girls, “That’s the way I heard it. Yes. And since I believe strongly that one of the great moral, economic, political and cultural challenges and unfinished business of the 21st century are the rights and aspirations of women and girls. I am going to stand up for that principle.”

    We now have a female leader fighting for us every day. So while we’ve taken a hit with Palin, we also have the guts, glory and grace of Clinton to celebrate.”

  49. tonyb

    “Hillary Snaps On Student”

    Just love this video!!

  50. Tony you just seeing that?

  51. tonyb

    Brian,nope,saw it way back when.I ran across that story from the link above and went and watched the video again! Thought maybe a few folks would get a chuckle out of watching again…I could see the fire in Hill,wow love the passion!

  52. Hey personal question for you? Do you ever put on your Hillary For Prez button and walk around downtown Orlando?


  53. tonyb

    Yep,saw that,ova the top! If i ever decide to do that, i must wear my i believe in Aliens button too….

  54. “i believe in Aliens button too”

    Don’t wear that in AZ, the might not get it.

  55. nannymm

    I tend to agree with Dana Milbank about Specter.

  56. nannymm

    Why doesn’t this surprise me?

    BP agreed to parts changes on oil rig, 2004 letter shows
    BP agreed in 2004 to the installation of a test valve and replacement of another key part on the Deepwater Horizon’s blowout preventer, even though it acknowledged that doing so would reduce redundancies and increase risks on the drilling rig.

  57. dog's eye view

    dog’s reader comment spotlight of the day: “Old Curmudgeon” (that you, dnd?), comment #4, on Frank Rich column.

    “The most insightful sentence of this column is the following: “The 2010 election was and is up for grabs.”

    There are still five and a half months before the election. That’s an eternity in politics, especially today. A mere month ago, Greece wasn’t on anyone’s financial radar, no one had tried (ineptly) to blow up Times Square in prime time, BP’s Horizon platform was just getting ready to drill, and the Dow hadn’t dropped a thousand points and then partially recovered in half an hour, emulating a yo-yo driven by buggy software.

    What will tell most in November will be the various contenders’ response to unforeseen and unforeseeable events. My money is on the guy with education, brains, cool and empathy, namely, our President.

    But he’s going to need some help. Lot’s of people oppose the President who never read the Times and couldn’t match the grammar, let alone the sense, of the average comment on these pages. Many of them are so confused that they can’t see that the “black” (50/50) guy is really on their side. They and their confusion will triumph unless thoughtful, articulate folk like those who pen these comments get of off their duffs, stop looking for the perfect party and candidate, and vote.

    There is no better description of our current predicament than Yeats’ famous line: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” If the best can’t find some way to motivate themselves―if only to oppose know-nothings and a confused, gun-toting rabble―then we are doomed to the most precipitous decline of any leading society in human history.

    People who stay home on election day will deserve what they will surely get. That sad truth applies especially to youth, who have the most to lose. The most fundamental question raised by the coming midterm elections is whether people who can see what is going on will vote.”


  58. dog's eye view

    Hola. C’est moi.

  59. dog's eye view

    Just saw a great “Nature” (PBS) on Why We Love Cats and Dogs.

    And saw a terrific play this afternoon. “Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo”, in LA. Finalist for 2010 Pulitzer; very worth seeing. (Maybe a few too many f-bombs for the Pulitzer, plus Uday Hussein was a recurring character. But very clever play.)

    Chilly windy sunny day in LA area. You could see the mountains clearly, even from the coast. Sand flying at the beach.

  60. dog's eye view

    Did. Way cool.

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