The wussies on the BoT at UI-Chi have finally been sufficiently embarrassed by their 20 year tolerance of this excrement that they decided to insult him by denying him emeritus status but pay his pension.
The stated reason is that he "dedicated a book to, among others, the man who killed (UI-Chi Bot Chairman) Kennedy's father, Robert F. Kennedy."
"There can be no place in a democracy to celebrate political assassinations or to honor those who do so."
I don't know. If someone would take out Short Round or Chavez, I would at least make a favourable reference to him in the House of Representatives.
Like the Bourbons, the ruling class is offering too little too late. Perhaps they will find time to keep their wits and their heads. But time is running short.
Sometimes life works out more or less as it ought. To a man like Mr. Ayers, the honours are more important than the money.
More like they wish we'd never found out they hired him or that he's really a terrorist. I'm sure the only difference between Ayres and some of the others who did get emeritus is that they haven't killed anyone.
Below the revolving door of governors and prisons, corrupt Chicago and state officials, there's also a systemic good old boyism at work in the universities that's been in the public eye on admissions that has tainted the trustee and academia. This is an easy 'under the bus' action to cover their own crimes. Maybe they feel their necks itching.
There is nothing more antithetical to the hopes for a university that is lively and yet civil, or to the hopes of our founding fathers for their great experiment of a self-governing people, than to permanently seal off debate with one's opponents by killing them. There can be no place in a democracy to celebrate political assassinations or to honor those who do so.
I realize most NPR listeners won't realize the import of the book that Mr. Ayers dedicated to a convicted Palestinian assassin, but they all know the name of the man who killed one of their beloved Kennedys, even as the NPR reporter was saddened that such an impactful academic's honour was sidelined by something he wrote a distant four decades ago.
I forgot to mention: those interested in reading Mr. Ayers youthful magnum opus can download the PDF file for free -- just google the title. But there's a nice summary in the single reader comment at the amazon.com link in my comment above, for those not interested in reading every glorious Che- and Mao-inspired word those charming young revolutionaries wrote in their salad days.
So, his big mistake was a shout-out to someone who killed the daddy of one of the trustees. I guess if he would have just given props to Mumia or some other scuzz instead, that would have been ok and he would have gotten emeritus status?
Looks like the NY Times, you know the ones who poo-poo'ed Clinton's sex in the Oval office and sat on the Edwards story for a year, is getting ready to dump on Boehner. Just need to time it so that no evidence needs to be produced before the election.
Insiders on Capitol Hill are buzzing about an upcoming New York Times exposé that will detail an alleged Boehner affair. Sources say the Times is looking for the right time to drop the story in October to sway the election, similar to how the Times reported during the 2008 presidential campaign on an alleged John McCain affair that supposedly had taken place many years before and that was flatly denied by the woman in question.
The problem with the strategy is that BOTH party establishments are hated by a sizable portion of the electorate. This is just like a drowning man grabbing on to someone else to drag both of them down. If they're both crooks and they both control the means of appointment, why care to defend such a system? I'm sure many Party members were surprised when the regime in Moscow collapsed because no one would defend it anymore.
John Boehner is my Representative. I have voted for him in the past and I will vote for him again. He led the drive to continue Congressional debate in the dark -- reporting out by Twitter -- after the honourable Nancy Pelosi had the lights and the microphones turned off.
I don't doubt this has as much substance as the attack on John McCain two years ago... and will be believed by the same kind of people.
NY Times has de-facto become a partisan political house organ for the Dem party. Time to treat them as such, regarding first amendment, etc. This is pretty blatant, and deserves an axe handle to the side of the head of the editors and publisher who are conspiring to libel Boehner for political gain.
If it's any consolation (and I know it is) the NY Times (NYT) closed at roughly half ($7.79) it's last year high, and a shitload of red below it's 10 yr high at $48.95 in June 2002. Pretty soon they'll be offering blowjobs to support their Dem Support habit
Posted by: Frank G ||
09/24/2010 22:35 Comments ||
"Pretty soon they'll be offering blowjobs to support their Dem Support habit"
I thought they already were, Frank.
At least they read like it....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
09/24/2010 23:12 Comments ||
They never had the right, they've lost much of the middle, and the left has been peeling away for a while. On the other hand, they still have the votes of the dead and the imaginary, thanks to ACORN's activities in 2008. It will be an interesting election.
"You want us to help you, the first thing I would suggest is enough of the hippie punching," she said. "We're the girl you'll take under the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day."
You are surprised the BHO treats you with disdain? They treat all of us with disdain! Just the other day I heard some of them saying government would be a hell of a good place to work if it weren't for the damned voters.
[Washington Post] Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R) trekked to Ocean City on Tuesday seeking one of the key remaining endorsements in this year's gubernatorial match-up - support of the 18,000-member Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police. Ehrlich is a former congressman, served a term as governor with Mike Steele as lieutenant gov. The legislature, which is controlled by the Baltimore-Prince Georges-Montgomery County oligarchs fought him tooth and nail at every turn. O'Malley's a pretty boy, works out, has (probably had, since he's been governator for almost four years) a band, and he's married into a local political dynasty. The only O'Malley-Whatsisname signs I see are literally outside the Democratic Club and outside the union hall when I drive to work. I think the polls have O'Malley three points up but I have no idea where that support comes from except for the inner city.
Ehrlich took the stage first and in a short speech asked for the same endorsement the group had given him twice before. According to some in the room, he alluded to agreements for benefits that he'd struck with the union that were later scaled back as the economy tanked under O'Malley. State police have been taking mandatory days off without pay under O'Malley. They make up the difference by working overtime, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me. They also pick up dollars on the side by working freelance security jobs.
Hours later, O'Malley entered and made a harder pitch. He stressed that he'd done more to keep violent criminals locked up and referenced bills he signed this spring, including the state's new Blue Alert program to form a dragnet to track criminals suspected of violence against police officers. That doesn't override the mandatory days off, though.
When the two left and the doors were closed, however, the former Republican governor's strong ties to the state's law enforcement groups and his tough talk on holding down taxes won over officers, sources said.
In a vote, 26 lodges backed Ehrlich to 23 for O'Malley, according to sources with knowledge of the discussion and vote. But behind that tally was a bigger tilt toward Ehrlich. The mega lodges of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Montgomery County all went for Ehrlich. The only major lodge that went for O'Malley was Prince George's County. Prince George's County is a peculiar place, formerly populated by mostly white hillbillies, now populated by lots of black refugees from the political dog's breakfy that is our nation's capital. As refugees do, they brought their voting habits with them and they've been trying to turn PG County in the District for years. Montgomery County is a hotbed of trendy leftism with a heavy overlay of Hispanic immigrants. Takoma Park, for instance, is a "Nuclear Free Zone." The county's cop shoppe -- we have county police for the most part in Maryland -- is surprisingly professional and no-nonsense.
Ehrlich's campaign was not prepared to comment on the endorsement Wednesday night. But O'Malley campaign spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said O'Malley would "continue to partner with law enforcement to keep our communities safe. Governor O'Malley has broad support from the law enforcement community including state troopers, sheriffs and correctional officers." 23 to 26 is pretty broad, I guess.
Four years ago, the FOP endorsement was not enough to turn the election for Ehrlich, but this time around it could give the Republican a platform to talk about crime that had mostly belonged to O'Malley in recent months with a string of statistics showing 30-year lows in violent crime rates in most corners of the state.
Senate Democratic leaders have decided to delay a vote on President Barack B.O. Obama's call to preserve middle class tax cuts until after congressional elections in November.
A front man for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that the Senate will return in November and work to extend the tax cuts for middle-income taxpayers.
Asked whether senators ought to be given a chance to vote on extending middle-class tax cuts that expire at the end of the year, Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) told news hounds, "I can see the value in that, but because of the short time frame, it may be difficult."
The Senate is expected to adjourn at the end of next week until after the Nov. 2 elections.
Sen. Reid (D., Nev.) and Democratic campaign consultants had argued for a pre-election vote. Some felt that such a vote could help Democrats in the fall by showing support for protecting middle-class tax cuts while painting Republicans as willing to protect the wealthy. Sure. The rubes'll buy that. They always do, don't they?
But other Senate Democrats argued privately to postpone the vote, believing that Republicans could use a pre-election vote to argue that Democrats want to increase taxes on small businesses. It also gets them off the hook on having to vote on it at all, since there's no way Pelosi-Reid will allow a tax cut of any kind in the ruptured-duck session of Congress after the election.
In an election for New York Governor today, 09/22/10, 1 week after the Primary and 6 weeks until the General Election, Democrat Andrew Cuomo defeats Republican Carl Paladino 49% to 40%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for Gannett, including WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and the Journal News in White Plains.
Lower-income voters account for all of Cuomo's lead. The contest is effectively even among middle-income and upper-income voters. Cuomo leads 2:1 in New York City. Paladino leads 5:3 in Western NY. The candidates are effectively even in the NYC suburbs and Upstate. Consistent with SurveyUSA polling in other statewide races: men in 2010 are voting Republican, women in 2010 are voting Democrat; there is a 34-point gender gap for Governor.
New York voters will, unusually, elect 2 United States Senators in 2010. In the Special Election to fill the final 2 years of Hillary Rodham Clinton's term, incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and former Congressman Republican Joe DioGuardi today finish effectively even, Gillibrand's nominal 1-point lead being within the survey's theoretical margin of sampling error. Gillibrand leads in the 5 boroughs of NYC, trails elsewhere. Men vote Republican, women vote Democrat and, in this contest, cancel each other out. Lower-income voters break significantly Democrat. Middle-income and upper-income voters break slightly Republican.
I would have thought that in the climate of present citizen anger, voters might have responded to Paladino's mention of taking a ballbat to Albany. Thought Palidino was down only 6 pts. instead of 9. He could still win over professional elitist Cuomo who fully anticipates he is owed the governor's office. He is supposed to be next in the line of divine succession in his mind. Surprised Reid's "hot babe" is running even with opponent. He had not helped her much. What really surprises me is that voter anger is so deep that someone can come out of nowhere and be competitive and even win over the professional elite politician class.
[Fox News] The head of the Ohio Democratic Party is brushing off his description of Tea Partiers and other opponents of President Obama's health care law as "f--kers," saying he shares a penchant for blurting with Vice President Biden. There's therapy for that ...
"It is what it is," Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern told Fox News regarding his Monday appearance at an endorsement event by the United Steelworkers for several Ohio Democrats, including Gov. Ted Strickland.
"Vice President Biden and I have a way with words," Redfern said, conjuring up the vice president's description this spring of the signing of the health care law as a "big f---ing deal."
He also suggested the audience could handle it.
"Look, I was speaking to 40 grizzled steelworkers," Redfern said.
The latest polls are truly frightening: Many of our top Progressive Heroes are in danger, and Republicans are poised to take over the House.
In Wisconsin, Sen. Russ Feingold is trailing by at least 6 points. In Nevada, Majority Leader Harry Reid is tied with tea-party extremist Sharron Angle. Nationwide, Republicans have a 63% chance of taking over the House and unseating Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to New York Times analyst Nate Silver.
Its not too late to turn this election aroundbut grassroots progressives need to step up to the plate and fight as hard as we did in 2008. Weve got to save the Progressive Heroes, expose the corporate money behind the right-wing Republicans, and recruit a grassroots volunteer army to get out the vote.
I got this yesterday from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: We're down to the wire, folks. There are 39 days until Election Day. Early voting has begun in some states. And Christine O'Donnell has raised a whopping $2.2 million since she won the Delaware primary. Right now, there are 15 races within 5 points. Republicans need 10 to take back the Senate - and they're going to use every lie and dirty trick in the book to make it happen. That's why we need you!
[Al Arabiya] The White House on Wednesday seized on a new expose of President Barack B.O. Obama's Afghan war deliberations by ace news hound Bob Woodward, saying it proved he was a thoughtful, decisive leader.
The Washington Post legend's past blockbusters have often splattered presidents, with their inside-the-room details of political infighting, indecision on the part of the commander-in-chief and West Wing pie fights.
Though it will not be in bookstores until Monday, excerpts published in major newspapers helped generate considerable buzz in Washington and across the blogosphere and could fuel skepticism among politicians who control military funding.
The White House did not dispute Woodward's account but played down the mustache cursing he details, and insisted that when the book is read as a whole Obama comes across as a decisive, analytical leader in last year's policy review.
"The president shepherded through a process. It was thoughtful and deliberate," Obama front manMinister of Information Robert Washington Bob Gibbs said. "There was also a robust discussion about how important it was and in our national interest not to become involved in something in Afghanistan that was unlimited or open-ended."
"I hope people read the book. It is in our national interest, as I said a minute ago, to ensure that ... if we have a way in, we have a way out," White House front man Robert Gibbs said as Obama flew to New York for UN meetings.
No need to apologize, grom - it's unfortunately worth repeating....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
09/24/2010 15:26 Comments ||
We will have two more years of this smoke and mirrors stuff. And it isn't going to get any better. Just vote his rubber stamp congress out of business. The more of them gone the better. That is the best America can hope for.
Sure the phrase "strong war leader" wasn't referring to the war against Americans?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
09/24/2010 15:54 Comments ||
Most people won't read the book so Obama is putting his spin on it hoping to capture the narrative. The whole "when taken as a whole" is designed to give enough weasel room for damning quotes during the inevitable defense of the Prez by his exhausted followers.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.