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It’s Murdcoh vs Murdoch as we are told the two tales of Rahm today.

One comes from Murdochs UK paper

Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

and has the funniest subtitle

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the “idealism” of Barack Obama’s inner circle.

Thank goodness for the quotation marks or my head would have exploded.

But then Murdoch’s Faux dismisses the first story

White House Dismisses Emanuel Quitting Report as ‘Ludicrous’

and abundently quotes the original piece that it discredits.

Me, I am stuck with the “idealism” thinghy and the sound of 1000 b0bot heads exploding. (If Rahm left, who would be the bad guy holding poor little Obama prisoner and restraining his “idealism”?

Hmmm…what is idealism? How can I picture it? My brain is clogged by the sheer enormity of it

And suddenly, Steve Martin helps me flush my brain with his

Holiday Wish

to explain such idealism to me. For those of you too young or too forgetful, a dreamy misty eyed Steve Martin sitting by the Christmas tree started his  evolving wish list  like this:

If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be that all the children to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace.

Very likely because of Rahm Emmanuel, he continued like this

If I had two wishes I could make this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace. And the second would be for 30 million dollars a month to be given to me, tax-free in a Swiss bank account.

By the time he gets to the end Rahm Emmanuel makes him come with this revised list

No, no, the kids, the kids singing would be great, that would be nice. But wait a minute, who am I kidding? They’re not going to be able to get all those kids together. I mean, the logistics of the thing is impossible, more trouble than it’s worth! So — we reorganize! Here we go. First, the sex thing. We go with that. Second, the money. No, we got with the power second, then the money. And then the kids. Oh wait, oh jeez, I forgot about revenge against my enemies! Okay, I need revenge against all my enemies, they should die like pigs in hell! That would be my fourth wish. And, of course, my fifth wish would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace. Thank you everybody and Merry Christmas.

And that would sum up the idealism of the inner circle of the Obama administration.

Now, off to the whaling summit, those whales won’t kill themselves and BP needs a little help making room for its oil.


From CNN, comes this headline

Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to stop oil disaster

State senators designated Sunday as a day for citizens to ask for God’s help dealing with the oil disaster.

“Thus far efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail,” state Sen. Robert Adley said in a statement released after last week’s unanimous vote for the day of prayer. “It is clearly time for a miracle for us.”

The resolution names Sunday as a statewide day of prayer in Louisiana and calls on people of all religions throughout the Gulf Coast “to pray for an end to this environmental emergency, sparing us all from the destruction of both culture and livelihood.”

Something here seems amiss… Oh, that pesky separation of state and church again.

Something here seems insane. Oh, yeah, that magical thinking again.

Something here seems familiar. Where did we hear – 6 paragraphs out of 32 speech on this?

Apparently B0bots forgot that part because they are all jumping on this.

A few great lines too

As a friend noted yesterday

“Does this mean they think that God wanted this to happen to begin with?”


10. I wanna help god

Where do I send my money?

But no one remembers the six paragraphs in teh speech. You know, the stuff that made Andrew Sullivan’s father cry

And while I approve of prayer as  as much as I approve of yacht racing for stopping the oil, the state legislators were no more removed from reason than Obama  in his speach to the nation.

So, if we’re going to mock, let’s give credit where credit is due.


As per Rahm’s plans, BP’s Tony’s Hayward Yacht racing is on all covers. Even NY Post

.Far from me to try to defend Tony. It’s just that he’s been replaced from oil-kill duties.

Not so Obama.

Priceless headline in Alabama: OBAMA WANTS HIS PRESIDENCY BACK FROM THE OIL SPILL. Well, then maybe he should stop it with the golfing and baseball games and be President

Here’s a provocative cover photo – and you flag defenders rest assured – it wasn’t photoshopped or  staged

More optimism from Mississippi

and Florida

and from LA we find how useful Obama’s “spill panel” really is

Oh, and in case everyone forgot, we’ve got two wars going. One (at least) ain’t doing all that well. I wonder if Obama wants his presidency back from wars too. Economy?

Should I find more interesting NY covers outside, I’ll update here.

And Happy Father’s Day!



There was a lot of relevant, good stuff written about Elena Kagan – I‘ll just refer you to the Big Pink for those.

I’ll just limit myself to the “STFU GLBT, you got all you were even going to get from us” angle.

In picking an openly gay candidate, Obama didn’t intend to make a statement of support of gay rights. We know this from the way they attacked a blogger and CBS for chronicling the fact that Kagan was openly gay

A White House spokesman, Ben LaBolt, said he complained to CBS because the column “made false charges.”

That was awkward enough that a highly publicized empty gesture – a memorandum about gay  couples hospital visitation was quickly devised.

The Obama media quickly ran with the meme accusing the “R”s of spreading the rumors

Elena Kagan ‘Gay’ Whisper Campaign Enrages Rights Groups

Leading gay rights group are accusing Republicans of trying to rile up their conservative base by launching a whisper campaign against potential Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan — suggesting the current Solicitor General is a closeted lesbian even though she’s not.

Considering that she actually is a lesbian, and not at all closeted, the question remains – why does the White House consider that being gay is a “charge”?

The question came back today

We are going to defend the nominee that the president has chosen,” Gibbs said when asked if he thinks the rumors will be brought up during the confirmation process.When asked what the White House was defending Kagan from, Gibbs said: “That’s just a broad answer.”

So, we don’t think she committed the crime of being gay, but if you’ll say it we’ll defend her, much as we don’t even know what that is….

Which brings me to the shocker of the day: Andrew Sullivan makes sense.

Yes, I know, the baby Bristol alien plot Sullivan, like the proverbial broken clock figured it out.

His title is trying to cut through the hypocrisy

So Is She Gay?

.and his conclusion (formulated as a question since he hearts Obama so much) is right

To put it another way: Is Obama actually going to use a Supreme Court nominee to advance the cause of the closet (as well as kill any court imposition of marriage equality)? And can we have a clear, factual statement as to the truth? In a free society in the 21st Century, it is not illegitimate to ask. And it is cowardly not to tell.

Well, Andrew, way to late to figure it out, but yes, Virginia, that’s precisely what Kagan is meant to do.

Just like Hispanics are supposed to swallow the immigration ID card because they have Sottomayor.

Just like women are supposed to enjoy Jane Crow because they have two women in SCOTUS.

And on this note this just in

Kagan in ’97 urged Clinton to ban late abortions

Kagan means STFU GLBT – or as you put it – advancing the cause of the closet.

Now live with it, as you did your best to make it happen.


The story is not over – with the White House still “defending Kagan on unspecified charges”.

Here’s the White House bristling at a Wall Street cover yesterday

Softball question

.for having Kagan on the cover playing softball

.To the protests that this is an allusion to her sexuality, the WSJ editors responded

“If you turn the photo upside down, reverse the pixilation and simultaneously listen to Abbey Road backwards, while reading Roland Barthes, you will indeed find a very subtle hidden message,” said Journal spokeswoman Ashley Huston.

and gays and lesbians on the other side of the political spectru, had fun with this too

“I fully expect the White House to push back and claim Kagan never  played softball and that it’s a smear to insinuate she did,” emailed a founder of the conservative gay group GOProud, Chris Barron.

So Politico follows “the fight” with another salvo

Kagan’s friends: She’s not gay

with a Seinfeldesque “not that’s anything wrong with that”

But Kagan’s friends’ desire to “out” her as straight has been complicated by their hope to avoid offending gay friends by implying that there would be any problem if she were a lesbian.

A bit late after the White House fought so hard against the “charges”

Oh, and Sullivan already turned around, praising Obama for his shrewdness

The third is that she is a highly cautious political lesbian who has drawn a line around her real life in order to prevent her orientation being used against her – especially by the Christianist right.

So what if the third option is correct and Obama is actually being extremely shrewd?

And so his jujitsu becomes a triumph for gay rights, and his nominee, who I suspect is far more left-liberal than anyone now believes, helps shape the court for a generation.

So we’re back to multi-dimensional chess. OK, Sullivan, I withdraw my compliment from yesterday, as you withdrew your glimmer of lucidity.

I was considering buying an IPad – to read books, mostly. I was waiting to get the money together. Now, after the NY Post headline, I’ll rush and buy the damn thing

.It seems that the candidate that was so cool, he was texting his VP to his adoring fans is not turning against technology which he doesn’t even know how to use

iPad is iBad for democracy, Obama tells graduates

.That was the NY Post headline. Two things did strike me from that commencement address Obama gave. First that he told students

“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation,”

NY Post notices the contradiction too

Obama — whose election was credited, in part, to his skillful use of modern media, from smart phones to Twitter to Flickr — yesterday told college graduates that high-tech gizmos and apps are straining American democracy.

“With so many voices clamoring for attention on blogs, on cable, on talk radio, it can be difficult, at times, to sift through it all; to know what to believe; to figure out who’s telling the truth and who’s not,” Obama said.

“Let’s face it — even some of the craziest claims can quickly gain traction. I’ve had some experience with that myself. Fortunately, you’ll be well positioned to navigate this terrain.”

Translation: information is only good when I control it. Every other source is bad for you. Too many voices – bad for democracy. There should be only one – mine!

And while NY Post for some reason zooms on IPad in its headline – I wonder – what will those words to young people do for the sales of I-Pad and all the other new fangled gizmos Obama can’t even use?

Here’s a hint:

A South Park episode had a Japanese animation craze mesmerize the children

All methods to snap them out of it were tried, but finally it was the parents joining in and saying they were cool that turned the kids off instantly.

In aspiring to become Big Brother, Obama just made himself into a fuddy duddy, and this kid is heading to the Mac store today!

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