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Seems after so many obvious efforts to fix his own primaries last year. Obama is determined to do away with the whole thing – especially in the Hillary voting New York.

earlier this year he ordered some potential candidates for senate to drop off.

Now he is fixing the primaries for Governor elections. see the Daily News cover

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and their article. Apparently, after going against Obama on Caroline, Paterson was guilty of misusing the race card

More recently, Paterson went on a rant that racial bias was behind his negative coverage and claimed that Obama was the next target, a charge refuted by Obama’s press secretary.

The NYT article makes it clear that only Obama has the right to wield the race card as he sees fit (unofficially, of course)

The situation between Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Paterson has been a complicated one. Mr. Cuomo is still haunted by the fierce backlash he stirred in 2002 when he decided to run in the Democratic primary for governor against H. Carl McCall, the first serious black candidate for governor.

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

And besides that, primaries for the future are being fixed as well even as we speak

Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine has moved several former supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton off a key panel that will determine the party’s rules for selecting a presidential nominee.

After all, as the Daily News announced in the middle of last year’s primary

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And therefore, not mine. Ever since I noticed they were throwing out my primary vote last year.

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It was hard to find one dominant story today, so here’s a mix:

As the pirates demand ransom and Obama avoids answering questions,

WTF?! Where is “President” Obama? Why doesn’t he want to answer questions about this situation? Yesterday, reporters asked him about it, and Obama gave a typically snotty response: “Guys, we’re talking about housing right now.”

we are being reassured by Politico that POTUS is updated on the situation

he White House says the president has received updates on paper and by phone on Saturday. Administration aides met at 8 a.m. and at 2 p.m. to discuss the four-day-old situation off the east coast of Africa.

Whew! For a second there I thought the US captain was in some kind of danger and no one cared….

In the Freedom of Speech rights, we have the news that Goldman&Sachs is gunning for this blogger.

Please help him with any pertinent information – or maybe funds if you can.

The cost of war – that “almost trillion” equal to our deficit

would push the costs of the two wars to almost $1 trillion since the September 11, 2001

The US budget deficit hits almost one trillion dollars in the first half of the current fiscal year,


is visited by LA Times which concludes

If Congress approves the latest funding request, as expected, the Iraq war will have cost about $694 billion, making it the second most expensive conflict in U.S. history behind World War II.

Notably, more expensive than the war in Vietnam

Added to the amount spent through 2008, it would mean the Iraq war will have cost taxpayers a total of about $694 billion. By comparison, the Vietnam War cost $686 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars and World War II cost $4.1 trillion, according to a Congressional Research Service study completed last year.
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Some of that price tag must come – although the article doesn’t make the clear connection from the fact that

U.S. officials in Iraq also have relied heavily on private contractors, used to protect diplomats and defend bases, transport provisions and staff essential services such as providing food.

In other words, the war profiteers made it a much bigger bundle this time around.

And, just to end on a fun note:

As everyone is buzzing about the dog Obama will grudgingly, belatedly, finally maybe getting – I cannot help by being amused by the irony. Mr “no Girlie dog” will get a poodle

yeah, they call it “water dog” rather the German world for it (poodle) and Portugese instead of French, but see for yourselves: This is a Portugese Water Dog


Make no mistake: I adore poodles (as the better part of the mix that is my own girlie dog ).

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Poodles are the second smartest dog around  after the border collies and it’s not their fault that their amazing hair makes owners groomers disrespect them with ridiculous haircuts :

Grooming styles are optional. If mother nature is allowed to prevail, a poodle looks like these two

I don’t know if the Portugese poodle is as smart as its French counterpart, but the irony of the Girlie Dog is delicious.

And speaking of dogs and their givers: Ted Kennedy offering the dog didn’t help with Caroline’s appointment as ambassador to the Vatican. The almost NY Senator struck out again

Vatican sources told Il Giornale that their support for abortion disqualified Ms Kennedy and other Roman Catholics President Barack Obama had been seeking to appoint.

Yet another case of delicious irony, considering how she hesitated to answer questions on her stands on abortion when she was vying for Hillary’s seat

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.

For all Ted Kennedy’s revenge campaign against Paterson for picking not-Caroline for senator, the voters don’t exactly buy it

Blame Caroline Kennedy.

That’s what a vast majority of state voters told the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute during a recent survey on the controversy surrounding her abruptly aborted candidacy for New York’s vacant seat in the Senate.

Forty-nine percent of those polled felt she and her aides were to blame, while 15 percent pointed the finger at Gov. David Paterson and his team. Twelve percent of voters surveyed felt both camps mishandled the situation.

So much for “Brave Caroline”

As for “nobody likes Gillibrand” – wrong again:

New York State voters polled in the survey approved of Paterson’s selection of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand by a margin of 46 percent to 30 percent. Twenty-four percent were undecided.

Update

Not that the NY Post isn’t trying hard to slime the governor daily

The New Yorker summons Caroline’s friends – some of them pundits to give her side of the story. It’s an 8 pages defense with some very revealing moments . One of the most quoted advocate – and the only named source is Laurence O’Donnell from – where else? MSNBC who starts the ballgame by attacking Paterson

“And when they get into that phrase ‘not ready for prime time’? This is the ‘not ready for prime time’ governor you’re watching.”

We know, Laurence. That’s why your network mocked his blindness on SNL

Meanwhile, her unnamed friends were wondering:

As for Caroline Kennedy’s last-minute withdrawal, her friends were left to speculate. Had she suddenly panicked? Had she realized that she’d be signing on for more and more misery, of which the past few weeks had been just a foretaste? That her days would consist of drudgery—fund-raising phone calls, trudging up to frozen, decrepit towns she’d never heard of? That there would be no more leisurely summers in the Hamptons, no more spontaneous long lunches with friends, no more undisclosed finances? Had she realized, in short, that she wanted her old life back?

We get some highlights of the reception her entitlement got

Representative Gary Ackerman, of New York’s Fifth District, in Queens and Long Island, compared her to J. Lo. “One of the things that we have to observe is that DNA in this business can take you just so far,” Ackerman said, on “Face the Nation.” “You know, Rembrandt was a great artist. His brother Murray, on the other hand—Murray Rembrandt wouldn’t paint a house.”

We get details of her growing up, including “moments of greatness” as seen by her anonymous friends

She had moments of greatness: according to the biographer C. David Heymann, when the police discovered pot plants that her cousin David was growing in her back yard in Hyannis Port, she took the blame.

We get an idea about what her campaigning for Obama was like

Still, while she was campaigning for Obama, she was in control of her time. She wasn’t required to show up anywhere or do anything in particular: any amount of time she gave to him was a gift for which the campaign was grateful.

We get her state of mind before she was prodded to run

Before the Senate opportunity came along, she’d never been inclined to political arguments, never been one to pontificate about an issue. “I thought she understood her place in the culture,” one friend says. “If you asked her opinion on something, she would back off. She was comfortingly self-effacing.” And what if she lost? What if she didn’t get the job? That would be humiliating. Kennedys don’t like losers, Caroline Kennedy especially. “In the case of the Profiles in Courage awards, she’s made it clear in recent years that she doesn’t always want us to recognize people who are political losers,

Al Sharpton, one of the few named sources, thought that betraying Hillary  paid off for Caroline and got her a base – all based on a visit at Sylvia’s

Moreover, by endorsing Obama, at a time when it was not at all clear that he would win the primary, and from Hillary Clinton’s home state, Caroline Kennedy had won the allegiance of a younger constituency on her own behalf.

He said her reception in Harlem was more enthusiastic than Obama’s because people told him

‘No, man, she risked a lot for us.’

And we get a sample of her wonderful ‘sarcasm” with the media

When Wolf Blitzer, of CNN, asked her why Hillary Clinton was not formally vetted by Obama’s Vice-Presidential search committee, of which she was a member, Kennedy interrupted him.

“Boy, you know an awful lot about this, don’t you?” she said. “ ’Cause I’m not telling you anything else, O.K.?”

“But just walk us through that decision,” Blitzer asked.

“No, I’m not going to walk you through that decision!” she said indignantly.

“Why not?”

“It’s a confidential process!”

Of course, I remember how well she did with Brokaw who was pampering her best he could.

The article ends where it started: she didn’t really want it

But in the end, it seems, she could not give away the life she had. Despite all the work that her friends and supporters put into her bid, despite all the behind-the-scenes campaigning, despite all the fuss and the coverage and the lunches and the phone calls and the public-relations consultants, she decided that she would prefer not to.

I believe that. After all, I know it wasn’t her idea any more than W had the idea to go in politics. And I can only fantasize what it would have meant for the country if then too, the media and other unpleasantness would have made that other lazy loafer say: the hell with it, I like my life ad a rich man better…After all, no one asked Murray Rembrandt to paint.

I suppose that, even in the plutocracy we had become, a minimum amount of  drive is required from the very rich. At least from the rich women that is, because elitism doesn’t exactly preclude sexism.

Newsday celebrates

while Daily News is bitter – somehow, Gillibrand is inexperienced while the princess is “brave”. Seems to me, Paterson is anything but indecisive, hence their ire

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