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Sums up the feelings about elections 2008, doesn’t it?

Summer’s almost here…..we can now see the deer moving around in our back yard.

Every paper in the cuntry is carrying the Chile Earthquake.

Only in NY, they are still clomped on their prey: Are we going to let Paterson Govern? asks NY Times

In a vile article that makes me think of the old tired “racism”, (or is it post racism?) they write

At noon on Saturday, a group of New York political leaders and longtime friends of Mr. Paterson met to try to find ways to support the governor over the remaining 10 months of his term. The group, which included Representative Charles B. Rangel; the Rev. Al Sharpton; and the Senate president, Malcolm A. Smith, said their efforts had been made more difficult because of the calls from other Democrats for the governor to resign.

I wasn’t sure about the subtext until Harold Ford was also mentioned – see – we are supposed to infer that only black politicians with their own ethics problems support this guy while “democrats” (unnamed) would want him to resign. Oh, there is one very much named

Certainly the next month is likely to be dreary for the governor. Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s investigators plan to spend the next four weeks interviewing administration officials

There is of course no conflict of interest whatsoever here, because NY Times once declared

Now, Mr. Cuomo effectively has the blessing of the nation’s first black president to run against New York’s first black governor.

It is being Obama’s flunkies that gives them cover to wade into racism territory.

The theme song is repeated by Newsday, which would want us to pay for their content.

Meh, maybe when they have something original to say

In Albany, they seem off the meme and maybe somewhat PO’s by the strong-arming, judging by their headline

It seems the answer is in the hands of the Chicago mob.

“I have not talked to the president about this, but it’s safe to say that anybody that read these articles, believes at a minimum, he made the right decision.”

“These articles” only exist because of this

Reminds me of the 2008 campaigns where “scandals” were mailed to a subservient media then quoted as arguments “because they are in the media”

The one headline missing from all papers in the nation (that have been posted on Newseum as of now) is this one:

Obama signs one-year extension of Patriot Act

Remember the awful civil liberties law passed under the cover of “September the 11”? I am talking about W’s Patriot Act.

While we were all tallking about healthcare,

the House voted 315 to 97 Thursday to extend the measure.

and also

The Senate also approved the measure, with privacy protections cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them. Thrown away were restrictions and greater scrutiny on the government’s authority to spy on Americans and seize their records.

and without further ado

Obama signs one-year extension of Patriot Act

So there, Now

Three sections of the Patriot Act that stay in force will:

_Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones.

_Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations.

_Permit surveillance against a so-called lone wolf, a non-U.S. citizen engaged in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group.

Looks like this was timed to come out in Saturday news dump. Either that, or maybe because

The provisions were set to expire by Sunday

Another thing expiring on Sunday: unemployment benefits. Those were not extended – a matter of priorities.

More from this source

The Senate approved the one-year extension Wednesday by a voice vote and without any debate.


The media has largely attributed the Democrats’ support for the renewal of the Patriot Act provisions and the scrapping of any attempt to amend them as an attempt to avoid any debate that would allow the Republican minority to portray them as “soft on terrorism” in the run-up to the midterm election.

concluding that

The Obama White House is continuing to build up a police state not for use against some ubiquitous terrorist threat, but to counter the inevitable growth of mass struggles by the American working class

this is the House roll call

I remember hopes and promises that this law will be done with. In fact Obama promised last year to make some changes

President Barack Obama

Signs a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act,

Without an iota of reform,

Preserving every element of policy to which Senator Barack Obama objected in 2005,

Now, let’s hear Krugman’s et al argument about the HCR turd that will be improved in the future. Like we improved Patriot Act, 9 years after the 9.11 hysteria has died down. So, Paul, if the Democratic supermajority couldn’t move an inch from Bush’s Patriot act , who exactly will improve the anti-women boondog to insurers that this so called HCR is?


I saved this enthusiastic cartoon for irony effect – I think it’s a good time to post it

Having bagged a second governor in 2 years, NY media is strutting its stuff in our face

yells The Daily News, it being understood that what they say is an order that must be obeyed

NY Post has the same attitude, only snarkier

whole the NY Times pretends to take the high road by promising the same scrutiny to Obama’s designated Cuomo. What they forget is that they went way beyond watchdog and became kingmaker, judge, jury and executioner – all as Obama’s flunkies of course.

I am old enough to remember when voters had a say in those matters.

Here’s another headline from last September, to make it clear what this is all about


Not Your Sweetie

February 2010