Obama doesn't need Congress to overturn Don't Ask...
Barack Obama, State of the Union: This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. Barack Obama is the commander-in-chief of the American military. If he wants to end the ban on gays in the armed services, he can just order it. Yes, I understand there’s a law,...
This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law...– - President Barack Obama, SOTU address. …or you can just order it? Mr. Commander in Chief of all the Military?
Explanation of previous analogy:
The hype was very exciting! The game was going to be changed! And then when you see how the product actually performs, well, it’s a bit underwhelming. But there is still hope for the future: a redesign or two over the next couple years, and it might actually live up to some of the promise. (re: this.)
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John Edwards just timed the announcement of his...
Hatchets and scalpels.
A spending freeze is bad! A spending freeze is good!
A producer's job is to get three or more elephants...
This metaphor is a work in progress.
This is a little disingenuous: The founders of this nation warned about the dangers of corporate influence. The Constitution they wrote mentions many things and assigns them rights and protections — the people, militias, the press, religions. But it does not mention corporations. From this NYT editorial on the campaign finance ruling. The founders of this nation did no such thing. They...
ericmortensen: “If the insurance company wants to buy ad time from 64 major markets, they are free to do so. If the airplane manufacturing industry wants to back a candidate, they are free to shout from the rooftops. If big tobacco wants to wave a sign or put a bumper sticker on their cars, they are free to do so. That’s free speech. Money isn’t speech.” —Josh Lyman Films and commercials cost...
Anyone remember when Varitek shoved his glove in...
The Democrats could use a little of that right now. Somebody needs to throw an elbow.
Hearts are broken.
An anonymous Senate staffer to TPM: The worst is that I can’t help but feel like the main emotion people in the caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done. While I always thought we had the better ideas but the weaker messaging, it feels like somewhere along the line Members internalized a belief that we actually have...
The Senate certainly shouldn’t try to jam anything through until Scott...– The President. So long, health care reform, we hardly knew ya! No, really — we had no idea what you were all about.
The White House has played an inside game, focusing on helping Congress pass...– Ezra Klein. People started noticing the President’s message fail in August.
But really, with all that’s at stake, the White House political office...– Josh Marshall holds Rahm Emanuel very much accountable here.
The campaign failed to recognize this threat, failed to keep Coakley on the...– It’s all hearts and rainbows over at the DNC.
Coakley accuses Brown of voter fraud →
One problem — her press release is dated yesterday.
Tom Hanks signs his tweets. →
What Pat Robertson was actually talking about. →
The slaves performed a Voudou ceremony at the beginning of the Haitian Revolution in 1791. 538.com: Dutty Boukman, a slave originally from Jamaica, and a priestess of disputed identity led a ceremony where they allegedly charged the gathered slaves “to throw away the image of the god of the whites who thirsts for our tears and listen to the voice of liberty that speaks in the hearts of all of...
But then, as in every race, there’s the candidate, Martha Coakley: a...– Andrew Sullivan. Leave it to the Democratic Party to blow a special election, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to fill a seat held for 47 years by Ted Kennedy, which certainly destroys health care reform and likely destroys the President’s entire domestic agenda.
“If I shoot this in New Zealand, I can save like $70,000 on special effects.” “Why, because they have magic there?” (Overheard in my office just now.)
Update on the Snoop DeVille sighting
michaelorrell: Yeah, his car is “The Church.” ‘Member when Snoop used to say “church” all the time? Meaning, “yeah” or “alright.” It’s also slang for a strip club. Which may be the more apt usage in this case. He stole it from Don Magic Bishop when he used to hang with him. I came upon The Honorable Bishop Don “Magic”...
Interesting things to have happened at NBC during...
1) August 27, 1997: Brandon Tartikoff dies. Tenth day of a Mercury retrograde. 2) November 7, 2000: NBC is the first network to call Florida for Al Gore. Last day of a Mercury retrograde. 3) May 29, 2009: Jay Leno’s last day as host of the Tonight Show. Third day of a Mercury retrograde. 4) February 10, 2010: NBC announces plan to cancel The Jay Leno Show and push The Tonight Show back...
A language will often be wiser, not merely than the vulgar, but even than the...– Richard Trench, The Study of Words, 1904.
Ted Olsen's opening statement. →
Arguing why Proposition 8 violates the United States Constitution. Delivered by a staunch conservative; notable in its dispassion. Regardless of how the district court rules, the result will be appealed to the Ninth Circuit. They will likely overturn Prop 8, because that’s what they’re like. Then it goes to the Supreme Court, and that’s when things get interesting, because...
If that wasn’t enough for deep concern, Palin had a reflexive tendency to...– 60 Minutes. Gawker posted the one slip. We all know someone who does this. My mom says “wroth” iron and “hertz” castle. My friend’s aunt calls it “J.C. Crew.” I have a few but I won’t admit them, publicly.
DOGS WIN →
This is America, and the people have spoken. Cats are for Communists.
Jobs Jobs Jobs Somebody forgot to tell social media that this economy is bad.