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How did that go again? Here is the church, here’s the steeple….

…Just found the perfect quote for him, from another George:

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
George Bernard Shaw

Tomorrow at 7:04 AM EST the longest night will end and the sun rising at 7:16 will start getting closer, brighter and warmer. Shining on all, big and small, naughty or nice, no matter what.


.This morning solstice and sunrise – sun didn’t show up, but it was magic anyway


And weather forecast be damned, the sun came out for our garden party

As the media is working overtime to shove Princess Kennedy down our throats a few glitches are bound to develop

Chris was interviewing Kerry Kennedy (for the hundredth time,
it seems), selling Caroline. Chris asked Kerry about Caroline’s
position on abortion.

Kerry answered that she DIDN’T KNOW.

Now we know why she doesn’t vote, talk to reporters or work.

I have yet to understand why she allows them to push her to be a senator.

Joan Walsh did write about it.

Caroline Kennedy’s claim on Hillary Clinton’s soon to be vacant Senate seat took a couple of hits on Friday. The Associated Press revealed that Kennedy hasn’t voted in at least six major elections in the last 20 years, including the 1994 election for the seat she wants to claim. And on “Hardball” this afternoon, Kerry Kennedy told Chris Matthews she didn’t know whether or not her cousin is pro-choice; she said they’d never talked about it.

She talks about the Princess not leaving much of a public footprint, which is a nice way to say – in 51 years of life she didn’t give a damn about public service – before demanding that she starts at the top.

And to her credit, Walsh calls them as she sees them:

Her short tour of New York, visiting Harlem and Buffalo and talking to political leaders, but making no public statements and taking no media questions, has set exactly the wrong tone. She doesn’t have time for a listening tour; she’s got to talk, too. Clinton’s famous listening tour only worked because she began it a year before she faced election. Ultimately the voters would decide if they liked what they saw and heard.

So, will any reporter ask the Princess pointblank what she thinks about the right to choice? yeah, right. That would have been as farfetched as reporters asking Obama during the campaign about Rezko and Blagojevich or people thinking th choice of Rick Warren would be also offensive to women, not just gays. Why? The anti-choice thinghie, silly. That silly unpleasantness no one is talking about

here I was, enjoying reading the results of a Pew poll on Bush

In a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, respondents were asked to volunteer their assessments of how Bush would be remembered after he leaves office. The most frequent response, from 56 people, was “incompetent,” followed by “idiot,” “arrogant,” “ignorant,” “stupid,” and so on. Nine people volunteered a three-letter synonym for donkey.

After all, this was my wish for him, since his coronation in 2000 – to be covered in ridicule. I’d say, I got my wish

Overall, though, the Pew poll underscored the depth of public disdain for Bush, who now ranks as the most consistently unpopular president since the advent of modern political polling. He has not had the approval of a majority of Americans since the beginning of his second term, and has hovered in the 20s in most approval rankings for more than a year. An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll last week found that eight out of 10 Americans would not miss him once he’s gone.

But then, a funny thing happened. As I got to the devotees, a familiar number surfaced:

Just 11% said Bush will be remembered as an oustanding or above average president — by far the lowest positive end-of-term rating for any of the past four presidents.”

11%? Where did I hear this very number recently? I check my prior entries:

Only 11% think Obama isΒ clean

Just 11% say it’s not at all likely (connections with Blagojevich) according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey

Ah, yes, that transition without drama – as WaPo calls it seems to have generated an identical low number of unconditional lovers.

I am sure an interesting scientific theory could start from these facts, but I am not a scientist. So, I’ll just enjoy the irony and the symmetry and leave to others to make something of those numbers.

And I am now officially creating a new word:

the “elevenpercenters”. We got W’s and we got B0’s. W ended with them, Obama is starting. His media has their work cut out for them.

Mind you, they are bigger than the minority I was part of after September 11 (another 11?): the “ten percenters” who did NOT believe W suddenly became the bestest POTUS of all because we have been attacked.

Which makes me wonder if “11” isn’t a result of pollsters adjustingΒ  their numbers a bit to avoid saying “90% are against them”. You know, like $4.99 is a better price then $5. Or, 90% were for W after September 11, but we on’t say that now 90% are against him.

That could be a theory explaining the identical numbers. It would explain more than that: Jr and Jr.jr are both equally protected by the opinion makers.

Not Your Sweetie

December 2008