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Once upon a time, people were attuned to the signs of nature and adapting their lives to them. Instead of cutting mountain tops and digging holes in the oceans, they were paying attention and being inspired.
When they were seeing in the North that the daylight grew shorter, they knew to save their energy those shortest days of the year (except for the shortest one when they celebrated the return of the light)
When sailors this time of year were seeing the first Halcyons building nests on the sea (King Fisher), they knew the seas will be calm for the next 2 weeks, while they were hatching their eggs.
And when they were paying attention to these interesting goings on, they were inspired to make up stories to explain the strangeness.
Once upon a time there were a Queen and King who loved each other very much.
Alcyone was the daughter of Eolus (the winds God) and Ceyx was the son of Eosphorus (the Morning Star). And for some reason, they indulged in a little role playing pretending they were Zeus and Hera – although those two were hardly a couple to be emulated, why him with the cheating and her with the jealousy.
And imitation is not always flattery, not with the vengeful Hera. They decided to punish the blasphemers – and a thunderbolt hit the ship Ceyx was sailing in (thrown by Zeus
who had much to make up for to Hera).
Alcyone’s grief moved them however so they commuted the death sentence into metamorphosis instead.
So, both the dead husband and the grieving wife became very alive birds,
who immediately went on building nests on the sea (where all this was taking place), and started a family.
And since this was a moment of mercy from the gods, the waters calmed down for the duration.
I am sure that at the time the myth was considered a cautionary tale against hubris. But for me it’s still the triumph of love over death (and unreasonable godly wrath).
So, for all those reasons, I like to turn to the mindset of these olden days and not allow the storms of life to touch my nest – at least for the following two weeks, until the sun comes back long enough to help us cope.
So, until that time comes, be cool!
Not even trying anymore
“Please ask him how keeping the tax rate for the richest the same as it has been for a decade creates one single job.”
OBAMA: It doesn’t, which is why I was opposed to it — and I’m still opposed to it.”
So much for the stimulus value of this deal, Obama is undermining his own talking points.
And this is an even better comment – and 2 years ago might have been useful too
5. Let’s see here, UI extension and the middle class tax cuts have passed the House
They have even passed the Senate, though they fell a few votes short of the super majority. This is where the president comes in if he wants to help push HIS campaign promises through. He goes out, hits the bully pulpit, goes into the states of vulnerable Senators and harangues them for their intransigence. Presidents from Clinton to Carter, Johnson to FDR have all done this. Clinton called Gingritch’s bluff on the budget, and Gingritch never fully recovered. Johnson went into the states of vulnerable Senators and brought down fire and brimstone upon the heads of recalcitrant Senators until they gave in and voted for the Civil Rights Act.
But what did Obama do? The two-step, faceplant cave, over two weeks before the buzzer sounds for the end of this fight. That is not leadership, that is cowardice. We need a fighter in the White House, not a folder. Permalink
.In despair, some loyalists call on CDS and race card
……Sure, no one says it blatantly, but a lot of the attitudes against Obama are disturbing considering all that Bill Clinton got away with. Bill Clinton is a white man, so he automatically commanded respect as president. Obama…ehh, not so much.
Someone goes as far as to call poor put-upon Obama “the little slave”
2. or DADT and outsourcing jobs! Suddenly, all Clintons fuck ups are now
Obama’s to solve. Makes you want to knock your head on a fricking concrete pillar!
Bush fucked up for 8 years and the little slave needs to fix them fuck ups within two years. Mind fucking boggling!
Towards the end of a long thread one reacts
94. Why the hell are you trying to turn this on Bill Clinton? To take the pressure off President Obama?
Bill Clinton took more shit on this board than anyone, and for what? Because he found a way to keep the country prosperous and out of war for 8 years? Let’s just hope Obama turns this around and creates a decent legacy for himself, too, because we sure need him to do exactly that or we won’t be winning another WH anytime soon. Permalink
One takes it to the logical conclusion
A few find it unlikely, but most think it wouldn’t add much and even
9. He would still have his cheerleaders here at DU. “It’s just the 11th Dimension of his chess game.”
“Relax, I’m on it.”, and so forth. PermalinkMark
Directly from the Ministery of Truth
And as for Bill Clinton coming to rescue poor put-upon Obama
I find it revolting that firts President Obama “whines” about how he is being treated and then calls in Prresident Clinton to “save” him. This WH really needs to grow up and accept the consequences for its own words and actions.
and another good one
o point that stick back @Obama.
Obama called him there and Bubba came at the President’s request.
So get off that train it ain’t goin nowhere.
Oh and for y’all who said that the Clintons will take over, they both have done everything asked of them and stayed hidden when asked.
They have sold Obmas policies and agendas like good soldiers. They deserve respect for being team players.
Picking comments from another thread
17. Obama is hoping that Clinton will save him.
Too bad we didn’t start off with a Clinton when we had he chance, IMHO. Permalink
4. It’s weird! BO just standing next to Bill with a sillly grin on his face.
It’s like he brought his big brother to school to take on the bully. Permalink
Someone obliges with a photo
36. I bet Obama went offstage and threw up. This has got to be so humiliating for him!
67. Totally agree Big Dog has a spine – so does his wife and we could
have had them both in the WH with all their experience and cojones. Unfortunately, we picked Obama.
I left the nasty ones out – because this is my blog and it’s my privilege.
This is a strong contender for a DUdies: I can’t believe I made a mistake, the reality did
I think it is time that we seriously consider the possibility that Obama is under a direct threat from the powerful forces that control this government – military contractors, big banks, multinationals. Nothing in his background – not his upbringing, his academic studies and achievements, his willingness to take his top-drawer legal education back to the poorer streets of Chicago, his legislative record, his record of striving and succeeding, his campaign rhetoric – NOTHING suggested that he would be so monumentally weak and capitulating.
Really? Cuz I could thing of 130 somethings of the top off my head. Back to the fantasy
But his actions lately suggest that HE is a hostage. When he said the GOP were holding something hostage, I think he meant himself and his family. Is he under direct threat? Are his daughters and wife being threatened? Did the money men show him a film of the assassination of JFK from a different angle, as Bill Hicks suggested?
Indeed. Let’s revisit “Barack could be shot on the way to the store” frenzy that started in 2008 until he got secret service , just like Hillary had.
3. So maybe President Clinton is under a direct threat too because of the dual press conference. Maybe
the white house dog Bo! Maybe they’re gonna’ break all the white house china! Hostage my ass. Permalink
Here’s a poll
and a very pathetic defense indeed
20. And Bush rarely did consult previous presidents – even his own father . . .
We have really jumped the shark if we take it as a sign of weakness or ineptness for the person occupying one of the most difficult jobs imaginable to consult with the only living people on earth with a full understanding of the position.
Woa! Remember when Obama was “not-Bush”?
43. Oh no, not the “Chess” shit again. NT Permalink
44. LMAO chess is going to run their azz right off the cliff! Permalink
49. OMG. This is bordering on delusion at this point Permalink
and in the real world
From his interview with NPR yesterday:
NSKEEP: Won’t Republicans argue — and, in fact, won’t reality argue that any cuts will have to be even deeper because this package that you’re pushing for now will mean there’s even less government revenue?
OBAMA: Actually, I think that if you talk to economists, both conservative and liberal, what they’ll say is the problem is not next year. The problem is, how are we dealing with our medium-term debt and deficit, and how are we dealing with our long-term debt and deficit? And most of that has to do with entitlements, particularly Social Security and Medicaid.
Why is he taking to conservative economists anyway? (yeah, I know, it was rhetorical) The poster correctly concludes
So, according to Obama, the problems with our long-term debt and deficits aren’t due to useless wars and lopsided trade imbalances and skewed-to-the-rich tax policies, but rather to the “entitlement” programs (Obama’s choice of word) which have their own separate funding.
He’s lousy at setting priorities. He’s surrounded himself with people who push him in the wrong direction. He’s less than courageous.
It makes me sad, but I am developing real contempt for the President.
some loyalist decrees
9. Calling the President “he” and “his” is derogatory and has no place on DU.
when people ask if they need to call Obama “she” or capitalize pronouns, the outraged O proclaims
0. Call him the President, or Obama.
You know, his actual name and title. Permalink
and someone is quick to notice the transgression
23. You just said “his”!!!!!!
14. “He” could really use some help!
You could start by prying all of the heads out of “his” ass. Permalink
One is humoring
57. Here, I edited it for you:
President Obama is weak. President Obama’s inexperience is evident.
President Obama is lousy at setting priorities. President Obama surrounded President Obama with people who push President Obama in the wrong direction. President Obama is less than courageous.
It makes me sad, but I am developing real contempt for President Obama. Permalink
More ridiculousness from the fans
there’s an exchange that’s especially good here
34. He has dared to “dream”. I doubt that he really believes that he
could get the votes necessary. But, if ones substitutes the concept that it might be possible, then it is well worth eight hours of persuasion. He is not, IMO, in “fantasy land”. He is in cheerleader land and is doing a great job of it.
Thanks Senator for your efforts and your meaningful speech that in itself was worth the 8 hrs. The
transcript of your speech, as recorded in the Congressional Record will be a political science standard, studied for years in our Universities.
37. Well, he has the luxury to give 8 hour speeches. Obama is the President and has a lot of things
to deal with. Permalink
which gets properly slammed
1. yeah — that party he blew out of the presser was so very much more important to do
Give it a rest.
He’s partying while the real representatives are trying to save our necks. Permalink
A bit more race baiting
After the quote about this story, the poster concludes
They wouldn’t be doing this to a white president.
and this is an interesting twist
9. Funny. Rush was claiming the left are racists for challenging the President, too.
what a coincidence. Permalink
Well, in that case….
A little educational poll on Obama RW talking points on Social Security
while only 2 people insist they are accurate
Poll result (64 votes) Accurate statements (1 votes, 2%) Vote Inaccurate statements (62 votes, 97%) Vote Other (1 votes, 2%) Vote
some challenge the truth that Obama made those statements
Not sure if this is sarcasm or not (hard to say there), but it’s a template anyway
and for proof that this is true, I offer you quotes from anyone who agrees with him on a particular issue. if they disagree with him on any other issue, i will mock them and mercifully call them stupid but let’s face it, at times they are geniuses when they have the intelligence to agree with him.
and here’s an illustration
There’s an ancient Chines proverb that says there are two ways to do in your opponent. You can dig a hole and wait for him to fall in or you can perch him on top of the mountain and wait for him to fall off. Our great leader did the latter. By catering to the Republican’s greed he let them sow the seeds of their own destruction.
We ate the Republican’s lunch and they don’t even know it.
The Grand Compromise will juice the economy, raise people’s spirits, bring down unemployment to more manageable levels, and ensure his reelection in 2012.
Muah, Mr. President
I will imagine the “muah” is the kiss planted on Obama’s ass. Some doubts
30. Right. Just like the original tax cuts led to an explosion in job creation
–oh, wait………. Permalink
And while Os are supposed to be sad about the last news about Obama’s “signature piece”, the most popular discussion today is
And the DUdie goes
for the new rule of addressing Obama – no pronouns please
He’s lousy at setting priorities. He’s surrounded himself with people who push him in the wrong direction. He’s less than courageous.It makes me sad, but I am developing real contempt for the President.
some loyalist decrees
9. Calling the President “he” and “his” is derogatory and has no place on DU.
This concludes today’s DUdies
See you on Friday!
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The sneeze comes from this headline I saw at DU
Some Democrats had objected to the bill because it is funded in part by stripping $2.2 billion from the federal food stamp program. Congress also voted over the summer to take money from the program to fund legislation sending money to cash-strapped states to avoid teacher layoffs.
What was missing was the adorable banter from Teh Ones as they accomplished this
“Had I not been able to get this bill passed, I would be sleeping on the couch,” the president joked shortly before signing the measure into law.
“We won’t go into that,” the first lady said. “Let’s just say it got done. Don’t have to go down that road.”
Whew! Aren’t you all relieved? It only cost 2.2 billion for Obama to avoid sleeping on the couch.
(although I think after the disastrous effect of the latest “I don’t want Michelle to get mad at me” he’d cut on those)
Menwhile on DU, they are scrambling for defenses – seems the food stampers had way too much money, they were begging for a trim
98. Administration raised Food Stamp program from $37B to $68B Permalink
209. it’s not the point
he should be cutting the WARS, not FOOD STAMPS during THIS ECONOMY Permalink
and more in depth
178. What a crock of a rebuttal. The OP is at least being honest.
The OP says 2.2 billion was cut. That is money that will not be available to people to feed their children. The fact that it will feed some other children doesn’t make it right.
Why did this administration raise the funding for food stamps? Did they think the increase was a good thing? Did they think it was $2.2 billion too much of a good thing? Why can’t Obama ever find the money for his pet projects someplace other than the poor? Couldn’t he have “negotiated” and “dealt” with the republicans to get that $2 billion, which you call a “small portion” from some place else. How about one fifth of one percent of the money he just traded away to America’s millionaires?
Why was it necessary to cut one good program for another? I know a man who needs a car to go to work. I’ll take yours. Then he can get to work. See? That sounds good, right?
Do you know how many people won’t be eating because of this? Do you know how many families $2.2 billion dollars feeds? Don’t you care that those families will now do without? Permalink
One thing they didn’t defend was the 6 c per meal this bill would add. Would this cover a SpongeBob napkin?Who cares? Michelle got her moment in the limelight so STFU!.
Ironically, the bill is called “The Healthy-Hunger Free Act”.
It only needs a tweak: The Hungry Free act.