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Home Front: Politix
Biden muzzled: Staffers pulling reporters off line
Posted by: tipper || 05/17/2012 15:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ice Cream! Love Ice Cream!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/17/2012 17:34 Comments || Top||

Kucinich to Retire
Rep. Dennis Kucinich has decided against running for Congress in Washington State.
Maybe when Alpha Centuri becomes a state...
"After careful consideration and discussions with Elizabeth and my closest friends, I have decided that, at this time, I can best serve from outside the Congress," the congressman announced in a statement Wednesday.
When I lost Shirley MacLaine and all the voices in her head, I knew it was time...
Kucinich, 65, thanked his supporters who had encouraged him to run for an open Congressional seat in Washington State, but said he could "best serve from outside the Congress."
Like...you oughta run, man, because, like...you oughta run, man!
"My commitments to peace, to workers' rights and to social and economic justice are constant and are not dependent upon holding an office. They are dependent upon my continuing to stand up, to speak out, to organize, to motivate and to inspire our nation as to its deeper potential. This I promise I will do with great energy and heart," Kucinich said.
...and that'll be easy to do with a six figure pension and solid gold free health care.
Back in March, the Cleveland congressman lost to Rep. Marcy Kaptur in the primary battle for the new 9th District. Redistricting eliminated the 10th Congressional District, held by Kucinich since 1996.
Otherwise known as "The Battle of the Non Titans"...
The near 16-year U.S. House representative said he would complete his service in January "with the same passion and devotion to duty" with which he began it in January of 1997.
Live long and prosper, little tiny man...
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/17/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He will receive about $130k/yr per my estimate unless he takes the spousal annuity option. This would reduce his annuity but insure that his wife gets an annuity (somewhat reduced) if he should die before her. This would make actuarial sense since he is 65 and his wife is about 35.

Of course Kucinich could almost certainly get a gig on MSNBC or Current and make a few bucks that way.
Posted by: lord garth || 05/17/2012 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Returning to the home world?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/17/2012 1:19 Comments || Top||

#3  ...if one considers MSNBC to be another planet. Maybe a Mother Jones editorial position? He could move to San Francisco if he did... which would be fitting somehow.
Posted by: Secret Master || 05/17/2012 2:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't let the door hit you in the ass.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/17/2012 9:29 Comments || Top||

#5  I guess the mother ship really is showing up in 2012.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/17/2012 9:32 Comments || Top||

#6  "Don't let the door hit you in the ass - you can't afford any more brian damage."

FTFY, Darth.
Posted by: Barbara || 05/17/2012 9:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Maybe he'll replace Biden as the VP candidate.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/17/2012 11:13 Comments || Top||

#8  Hmmm...maybe he's not as barking moonbat crazy as I always thought he was. "Lessee...my first option is carpetbag into a state and district I've never lived in, thereby upsetting the local party establishment..my second option's taking my nice fat pension and livin' large with a nice lady who looks like Julianne Moore's kid sister."
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 05/17/2012 11:40 Comments || Top||

#9  Of all the missed opportunities --

Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 05/17/2012 16:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Heck, Mizzou, that's almost too easy.

Click that pic and there's a whole bunch more. She is hot. Kinda makes you wonder what a squirrely little guy that like knows that we don't.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/17/2012 17:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Maybe he knows enough to get the hell outta DC and have some fun while he still can.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/17/2012 17:46 Comments || Top||

#12  so i went and clicked the pic; agree she's hot, but then again aIhad a Ford Torino GT with a 302-2 barrel under the hood, looked fast, but couldn't get out of its own way, maybe she is just a dead under her hood....(stuck on loser that is)
Posted by: USN,Ret || 05/17/2012 22:16 Comments || Top||

#13  let's see how long that "love" relationship lasts when he's sitting all day at home in his Underoos chatting on Skype with other "advanced beings"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/17/2012 22:25 Comments || Top||

#14  let's see how long that "love" relationship lasts when he's sitting all day at home in his Underoos chatting on Skype with other "advanced beings"

Maybe she is as Coo Coo for Coco Puffs as he is.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 05/17/2012 22:31 Comments || Top||

#16  He ran out of aluminum foil for head gear.
Posted by: Injun Ulaing1837 || 05/17/2012 23:07 Comments || Top||

#17  Na-Nu-Na-Nu. Shazbad!
Posted by: canalzone || 05/17/2012 23:20 Comments || Top||

#18  Smile so we can see all that tongue-metal, Darlin'...

Umm, Just delightful.
Posted by: canalzone || 05/17/2012 23:27 Comments || Top||

Emails show direct link between White House and energy loans: GOP
New emails obtained by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform show a direct link between the Department of Energy's controversial green energy loan program and the White House, Republicans on the committee said Wednesday.

The White House and Energy Department have long held there was no political influence in the decision-making process that awarded billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees to renewable energy companies. However, emails disclosed at the hearing reference to communications with the White House.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said the emails are the first in the committee's more than yearlong investigation that show a direct link between the White House and the decision to award the loan guarantees.

Posted by: lotp || 05/17/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I am awaiting news of the connection between Jeremiah Wright going silent during the last presidential election and construction of his multi-million dollar retirement villa in Tinley Park. Sort of a John Edwards moment, without Reille Hunter.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2012 5:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Not surprising. This is one of the most corrupt administrations ever.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/17/2012 9:30 Comments || Top||

#3  GOP probe uncovers deal between Obama and drug cos
Posted by: Beavis || 05/17/2012 9:44 Comments || Top||

-Election 2012
Romney Wins Oregon, Nebraska Primaries
[An Nahar] Presumptive Republican nominee Willard Mitt Romney
...former governor of Massachussetts, currently the presumptive Publican nominee for president. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney's charisma is best defined as soporific, which is probably why he is leading the Publican field. On the plus side, he isn't President B.O...
won primary ballots in Oregon and Nebraska on Tuesday, partial results showed, moving him a step closer to winning his party's formal White House nomination.

Romney won 73 percent of the vote in Oregon against 12.2 percent for Ron Paul, who suspended active campaigning this week, and 5.7 percent for Newt Gingrich
...former Speaker of the House, author of the Contract with America. Gingrich gave the country welfare reform and a balanced budget and the Publicans a landslide House victory in 1994. On the downside, he has a roving eye and a loose fly, he's opinionated, and he's abrasive despite his ability to work with the other side of the political aisle...
, according to results from nearly two thirds of precincts.

In Nebraska the former Massachusetts governor had some 70.9 percent of votes compared to 9.9 percent for Paul and 5.2 percent for former House Speaker Gingrich, according to nearly complete results.

Even if he won all of Oregon's 25 delegates and Nebraska's 32 -- from a non-binding poll -- he would not be able to reach the 1,144 needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

Before Tuesday's two latest primaries -- which have become mostly academic since the other main candidates dropped out of the race -- Romney had 963 delegates, 181 short of the winning tally, CBS reported.

Romney has turned his fire onto President Barack Obama
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today...
, his rival for the White House in November elections, since his main rival conservative Catholic Rick Santorum
...unsuccessful candidate for president and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He was a lawyer before becoming the Representative for suburban Pittsburgh in 1991. He lost his Senate seat in 2006 to Bob Casey, a Democrat machine politician and political dynast. Santorum is a social conservative who thinks the rest of the country is, too...
withdrew from the race in April.

Earlier Tuesday Romney won the backing -- albeit in unorthodox fashion -- of former president George W. Bush to be White House nominee, to be chosen by Republicans at their August convention in Tampa, Florida.

"I'm for Mitt Romney," Bush said, as elevator doors were closing on him, according to an ABC television blog report. Bush is not due to campaign for Romney, ABC said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [574 views] Top|| File under:

#1  With no one else campaigning, this hardly seems like news.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/17/2012 9:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The way we run the presidential primaries in this country is dysfunctional. The money and the media attention all go to whoever wins the first few primaries. The rest of us are disenfranchised. Maybe the people of Oregon and Nebraska would vote the same as the people in New Hampshire but then maybe they wouldn't. And by the time we get to vote in California it's all over. I understand all you California haters think that's funny but I'm telling you it isn't fair. This is the state with more voters and more delegates than any other but our votes don't count. And so now we have Mitt Romney as the nominee. Great.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/17/2012 12:19 Comments || Top||

#3  If you need proof that the nomination process is dysfunctional, all you need do is look at the dysfunctional idiots we keep nominating.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/17/2012 14:03 Comments || Top||

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Thu 2012-05-17
  13 More Killed as South Yemen Clashes Rage into 5th Day
Wed 2012-05-16
  Ghalioun Elected Chief of Syrian Opposition Coalition
Tue 2012-05-15
  37 Dead, Including 23 Troops as Syrian Army Shells Rebel Bastion
Mon 2012-05-14
  Nearly 25.000 troops battle Al-Qaeda in Abyan
Sun 2012-05-13
  Al Qaeda's Leader Encourages Somali Militants to persist the fight
Sat 2012-05-12
  Tens of Thousands of Protesters Defy Syrian Regime Gunfire, 13 Dead
Fri 2012-05-11
  Somali Gov't, Al shabab claim victory over Bay,Bakol fighting
Thu 2012-05-10
  Damascus bombings kill 40, wound 170: state TV
Wed 2012-05-09
  Annan Fears 'Civil War' Looming in Syria
Tue 2012-05-08
  Al-Qaeda underwear bomb plot was targeted by US drone
Mon 2012-05-07
  Nine soldiers killed, military convoy attacked in N Wazoo
Sun 2012-05-06
  Man wanted in USS Cole bombing killed in Yemen: tribal chief
Sat 2012-05-05
  Pro-Regime Gunmen Kill 12 'Qaida' Militants in Yemen
Fri 2012-05-04
  Bajaur teenyboomer kills 24
Thu 2012-05-03
  Afghanistan: Pakistani driving truck bomb arrested

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