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update with a joke:

Comedy writer Patrick Gorse: “Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he supports federally funded faith-based initiatives. This is kind of self-serving when you consider that supporting a one-term Senator for president is itself a faith-based initiative.”

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RIP separation of church and state –

Obama to Support Expanding Bush’s Faith Programs

Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush’s program steering federal social service dollars to religious groups and — in a move sure to cause controversy — support their ability to hire and fire based on faith.

So that’s who he was to replace those racist democrats with! Evangelicals! And religion is no longer just a personal guide – but he intends to “do the Lord’s work”

“In time, I came to see faith as being both a personal commitment to Christ and a commitment to my community; that while I could sit in church and pray all I want, I wouldn’t be fulfilling God’s will unless I went out and did the Lord’s work,” he was to say.

Oh, goodie, since he’s doing the Lord’s work, that means God selected him as a nominee, right?

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Where’s your “progressive” candidate now , ers?
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The Irony factor: throwing Clark under the bus occurred the same day he was stealing his campaign theme (“Dissent is Patriotic”) in his “major speech laced with attacks on MoveOn)

Adding  Corrente’s

Ooh, the blogosphere’s media critique is back!

What does this mean

First of all as a Clarkie since the draft, I was sad to hear Clark so enthusiastically pimping the empty suit. After the media got on him for his comments about McCain, I checked them . I found them reasonable as all his comments.

Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be President.

Interestingly enough, the Mighty Wurlitzer got on his case (don’t remember their reacting to Kerry’s dissing like this). I guess it was the knee jerk reaction to Clark.

Not surprisingly, brave BO
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Obama spokesman Bill Burton released the following statement: “As he’s said many times before, Senator Obama honors and respects Senator McCain’s service, and of course he rejects yesterday’s statement by General Clark.”

What it means is: once again B0 sides with McCain against his supporters giving away the GE dialogue:

“John McCain is not a warmonger and should not be described as such.”

It also means that like Kerry, B0 will back down as soon as he’s challenged. Maybe even faster than Kerry, who occasionally made like resisting.

It also may mean something else: the media might me turning after all. This could be because Clark was known as a Hillary supporter – and this is still part of CDS. But they also jumped fast ti McCain’s help – so, I’ll be watching.

Happy to have Paul Krugman pretty much in agreement with me.

He seems sure that the media turned

Barack Obama was the repeated beneficiary of this kind of willful misinterpretation during the primary — remember “as far as I know”? — but it was a given that if and when he secured the nomination, the usual suspects in the news media would turn their fire on him.

What I always wondered, during the primary, was whether the Obama campaign was ready to deal with the post-primary environment, in which McCain would be the media darling, and Obama would lose his sheltered status and face the usual treatment.

So far, the answer seems to be no.

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Where’s your “progressive” candidate now , ers?
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I always wished I had kept track somewhere of the fates of those impeachment managers (Delay, Dick Armey, Newtie et al) I missed that train – so I am going to keep the list of the
2008 back stabbers & villains meeting karma

So far, 3 names:
1. Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson’s Star is Falling with a BIG THUD (Not on VP Shortlist, State Legislators FED UP   with     Him)
sourced here

and a new slap to him

New Mexico’s governor and former Clinton U.N. ambassador-cum-Energy secretary dearly wanted State. And Obama owed him big-time, both for his primary endorsement and for Richardson’s now-forgotten decision to swing his delegates to Obama during the Iowa caucuses.

Update – after his nomination to Commerce

h/t to dakincat at the Confluence

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico confirmed in a statement released Sunday afternoon that he has withdrawn his name as the commerce secretary nominee, citing a pending “investigation of a company that has done business with New Mexico state government …(NYT)

with his Governor job being in jeopardy and it is fun when he accuses Obama of double crossing him on the secretary of State job
Obama passed over Richardson for State in favor of their mutual nemesis, Hillary Clinton. Still reeling from what he considered a double cross—Richardson told confidants he had been promised secretary of State—he gamely accepted the consolation prize, secretary of Commerce. But even that was to elude him. . In the span of a few short months, Richardson has gone from a luminous star in America’s political galaxy to a powerless pariah in the twilight zone.
and a nice post note with the “total stranger” caption

2.James Clyburn
Rep. Clyburn draws fire for earmarks $6.2M in designations might benefit House majority leader’s family, friends
sourced here

3. MoveOn

When MoveOn did the Betrayus ad and the Senate voted to censure them, Hillary voted “NO”. B0 didn’t vote at all, mumbling something convenient about “not dignifying”

Well, he “dignified” it all right in his “major” speech on patriotism

a general providing his best counsel on how to move forward in Iraq was accused of betrayal.”


You know, the guy who didn’t cry in his tea cup for stolen elections, conceded his victory and asked the media not to count the Florida primaries because “they don’t count? That Kerry!

Royally snarked by AP

John Kerry says Republican John McCain doesn’t have the judgment to be president.

If that’s the case, then it’s probably a good thing McCain rejected overtures from Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, to form a bipartisan ticket and run with Kerry as his candidate for vice president.


For the record, Kerry is not among those being mentioned as possible running mates for McCain.

Of course John should have been here since getting a challenger in the primaries

“FOR THE FIRST time in 24 years, Senator John Kerry faces a Democratic primary challenge. For that, he blames Hillary Clinton.

Lau said that O’Reilly wouldn’t have made the ballot “were it not for John Kerry’s early endorsement” of Obama. O’Reilly said support from unhappy Clinton supporters “was not a huge factor, but it had some bearing.”

And a new slap for John

Kerry’s people say he never had any expectations of being named secretary of State but other Democrats say he made no secret of his Foggy Bottom aspirations. “He’s crushed,” said one Senate aide.

and now WaPo pours salt in that wound with a delicious headline


The Massachusetts senator had once been considered the frontrunner to be Obama’s secretary of state. Then suddenly he wasn’t,

Post Scott Brown – Kerry continues to be “the other one”

“He’s out of the shadow of Ted Kennedy and he’s finally the senior senator, and he still is being upstaged by this new rising star within the Republican ranks,”. Even got the cover on this. As he thought things were going to change, he came out about this

“ ‘John Kerry doesn’t get anything done. John Kerry lives in the shadow of Ted Kennedy. John Kerry doesn’t deliver. Blah, blah, blah,’    ” Kerry told the Herald in an October 2008 interview. “I’m sort of tired of that, actually. I’m going to fight back a little harder to make sure people understand that that’s an insult to my staff when people say that.”

Fight, John, fight.


Not nearly enough for him, but I take what I can get

But Dean, a physician by training and rebel by inclination, has a keen interest in health care reform and was considered a top candidate for the top job at Health and Human Services. That is, until the gig went to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a less volatile player who is expected to be the administration’s health-care point man on the Hill. What did Dean in? It could have been his frosty relationship with Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who was frustrated with Dean’s efforts on behalf of House Dems, according to the Wall Street Journal.

and we have a new slap at Dean

when President-elect Barack Obama introduced Kaine at party headquarters Thursday afternoon, Dean was 7,023 miles and seven time zones away, closer to French Polynesia than Washington, doing party grunt work in American Samoa.

His allies aren’t happy about it.

” “He said he wanted to be in the cabinet,” joked this source. “So they stuffed him in the cabinet and locked the door.”

And a second rejection for the same desired job tuzki_038.gif picture by Robbedvoter tuzki_038.gif picture by Robbedvoter

I was pretty clear that I would have liked to have been Secretary of HHS but it is the president’s choice and he decided to go in a different direction,” he said. As for the person who got the HHS nod over him – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas – he said: “I think she will be very good. She is a very nice person and I think she will be fine.”

And another rejection, for Surgeon general this time tuzki_038.gif picture by Robbedvoter tuzki_038.gif picture by Robbedvoter tuzki_038.gif picture by Robbedvoter

“Indeed, Dean associates were quick to bat the idea down, saying he has not been contacted.”

And when he says the right things, Dean has to eat his words – again and again – cuz that’s the guy whom he help into power. By fraud.


candidate # 5 in Fitz complaint, did pay to play. So, let’s analyze those tears, shall we?

And after getting out of that one by claiming the honorable mantle of FBI informant, Jesse has a new ethics probe opened


After backstabbing the Clintons for all the good they did to him, he wanted his reward in installing his niece in Hillary’s seat – having made sure Hillary would want to leave senate.

Now, Caroline became a public embarrassment and dropped out blaming it on his health

Sources close to Senator Edward M. Kennedy tell TIME that his circle — including his immediate family — is furious that his brain cancer is being cited by some in her camp as the reason for her decision to withdraw her name from consideration for the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton in New York.

“It looks horrible,” says one former aide to Ted Kennedy. “It makes him look like he is at death’s door.”

Be careful what you wish for!

That illness was put to good use when pushing Caroline as a “legacy”


Getting bit by a groundhog is a little thing and to be sure, the media coverage was sympathetic. But when you think of it, so was the coverage of W’s mishap with the turkey in 2001.

Yet the photos reappeared in the “get him” phase.

So, I’ll enjoy it waiting for the more appropriate karma.


Mr bi-partisanship with W started counting his chicken a bit too soon announcing his “Anything but Clinton” policy. Alas, his spiteful joy was short lived, as tax problems made him withdraw, and Obma make an apology tour with the media to save face after that


The Diva of talk radio, after calling Hillary names is canned – yet again, and her new station folds


After launching fatwa against Hillary and everyone not supporting The One, it made TIME’s list of overrated blogs for spouting DNC talking points. better late tan never.

And now, they – and other blogs for hire are losing their advertising dollars – sometimes if they are getting off message

Someone picks up a phone, calls a big donor, and the next thing you know…the money is gone

A new hit on Kos when their polls prove to be worthless

I want to feel stupid for being defrauded,….but I did trust them. I got burned, and got burned bad.

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I have been waiting for the “stop the hate” election fixer here for a long time. Finally, she gave me a glimpse, in her own piece of propaganda

Over the last two months, I have seen my hours cut back, a newspaper column canceled, clients unable to renew their contracts with my firm, and others needing to renegotiate my modest fees. Business is drying up, and despite all my frantic maneuvers to move my little retirement funds out of harm’s way, my 401(k) is disappearing faster than the snow from the recent storm.

And here she is, on MLK Day shilling for Reid and his Negro dialect: African Americans for Reid in Las Vegas ridiculed by The Daily Show

Not much, but it’s a start.


Off the table Nancy who skewed the primaries from day one in the most spiteful way has her hypocrisy on torture became public – and has to try to CYA behind…Jane Harman?

And of course, since  last  November, she lost the gavel.


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The best karmic moment came a while ago when Tweety decided to forego his planned Senate run because of what PUMA would do to him

For additional laughs, his title changing of his book brought back to attention Stewart’s interview from hell

“If you treat life like a campaign … at the end of your life, do you give a concession speech?”

After being celebrated for his popular misogyny, he has a freudian slip and lets out he doesn’t think much of blacks either
“I forgot he was black for an hour.” (during SOTU)


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The Doyenne of snark has been caught lifting whole paragraphs from a blog called “Talking Points” – blames it on a friend


2004 vice presidential candidate, 2008 presidential candidate of the “two Americas” theme, former North Carolina senator, and wannabe Attorney General in the Obama Administration.Currently, the disgraced philanderer, less than dutiful husband of Elizabeth Edwards, and (after repeated denials of his infidelity) the only prominent national Democrat lower in public approval ratings than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

And after being ridiculed in that last gossip book, he finally offers one more apology and recognizes paternity

After campaigning so brazenly against Hillary with his polls, his Super Tuesday misses in Mass, Ca, NJ made him not only a laughing stock, but now, in advance, for the Mass election – the kiss of death for the candidate he predicts will win. Amongst B0bots.
Oh Shit! Zogby Predicts A Coakley Win.

She may, indeed, be doomed.
After turning against Hillary (0 favorable stories according to a study of election coverage), one year after their intended was inaugurated, they filed for bankruptcy. Gone.
after having joined Rove into dumping on Hillary and illegally campaigning for Obama in Michigan, she is now facing 3 years in jail. For other corruption
After mercilessly attacking all Obama opponents, critics swiping info with Orange Cheeto, he is now the butt of their criticism (for criticising Obama). Thin skinned as he is, he leaves

You want Cheerleaders? Hire the Buffalo Jills. You want diaries with conspiracy theories, go nuts. If you want this site the way it was even a year ago, let me know and I’ll be back.

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald tweets, “Not saying this isn’t thin-skinned – it is – but what he’s reacting to is very common.”

Now you remember you are not Oprecious’s spokesman? A bit late. Can’t blame B0bots from the Cheeto & elsewhere for getting that impression. It’s been over 2 years you looke pretty closely like one!..
And finally

Olbermann Out At MSNBC

In an on-air farewell on Countdown, Olbermann said he had been told that this was his last show, which might indicate he’d been fired by NBC Universal, which had suspended him in November for making campaign donations to Democrats. But he also said there had been times that “all that surrounded the show . . . were too much for me.”

The reason for the departure was not immediately clear. “MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract,” said the network in a statement released as Olbermann went off the air.

I guess someone took Keith in a room and only he came out.
The man who declared in 2008 that we would return back to our knitting took a long time to get on this list. After riding high in power and setting a chshiony next step for himself, karma caught up with him
Here’s Rahm on the outside trying to get back in


You’ll want this T-shirt:

puma.gif picture by Robbedvoter

Another update

if this wil have anything to do with PUMA history, it’ll have to refer this post be Reclusive Leftist

PUMAs versus possums: this is what a grassroots movement looks like

and a good illustration to the from above possum:

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At this point, officially, the comment section is way more interesting than this post. – you might as well go straight here.

My personal PUMA moment happened  on May 31, in DC, listening to Amy Siskind

I since joined every significant outlet for PUMA – it’s been a blast for the 2 million of us – and ever growing

In honor of PUMA’s 1 months birthday, kicking this to the front


See correction to my version of the beginnings AND acknowledgments from the others.

Not only is the history now right, but the word of PUMA is as it should! United within itself – with me as a happy citizen

Original post – June 14

Since memories start to get foggy, I thought I might establish it here (I posted it at Huffy Pot but they’ll most likely delete it)

Original post – left to stay only for logistic purposes (so the comments make sense) (see June 1st correction in the comments)

Riverdaughter came up with the concept on June 6

It even had a picture to go with it

…some of what this is

The PUMA movement is not about revenge. It is not about racism. It’s not about being immature. It is about holding the Democratic party accountable for abandoning its principles and the people who strengthened its foundations. It is about not rewarding a Party that uses voter suppression techniques on its own members. We want to belong to a party that respects us and works with and for us. We don’t want to hand over our votes without representation.

Found my Stumble Upon entry of that first PUMA moment

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Since this post is getting continuous views, it’s probably a good idea to bring this to the present time

No longer affiliated with anyone

As of today, (August 24, 2009) this blog is fiercely independent, no longer part of any network

We had a common history, we went our own different ways. I am still friends with everyone that was my friend, but since the ideology associated with PUMA is kinda unclear these days, I stay clear of it.

Some of my friends who call themselves PUMA (see PUMA pac) are still of the same mind with me. Some went GOP, tea party or out of politics.

Which is why I am not a PUMA anymore.

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