No matter what happens at the DNC's Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting today, Clinton wins.
I'm not kidding. There'll be gnashing of Obama undeclared delegate teeth (Don't forget that every member of the Rules & Bylaws Committee is a delegate, y'all!), and ALL 4,000+ DELEGATES ARE STILL UP FOR GRABS.
The minute that stupid Jack Johnson, Maryland's now infamous Clinton-pledged delegate, switched to the Obamadarkside, all bets were off. You see, "pledged" delegates are no longer required (per party rules) to vote for their candidate in the first vote on the convention floor; ergo, there's really no such thing as a pledged delegate.
Watch the video while you read the rest...
One more point: "Uncommitted" means just that; it doesn't mean "Votes for Obama."
Got that? If the RBC votes to assign Michigan's uncommitted primary votes to Obama (even though he took his name off the ballot, and so did several other Dem prez candidates), the Clinton campaign's appeal --on behalf of the voters-- will be swift.
A final point: Do you want a candidate who backs party leaders or one who backs the voters all the way?
No matter what happens today, Clinton wins, and Obama looks like the party elders' political appeaser dude... more than willing to honor party process over the voters. What a loser strategy!
This really is my final point, I swear: Even if Obama manages to get 2210 delegates to swear allegiance to him in their own damned blood, they can still change their minds, rendering those blood oaths moot.
Have A Silly Saturday! Look for silliness wherever you go today. Here in DC, there will be much silly huffing and puffing by Obama followers... to no avail. Full of sound and fury and all that jazz. Signifying nothing.
This hatred-spewing priest has been one of Brack H. Obama's spiritual advisers for years, along with Rev. Jeremiah Wright (remember him?) and Rev. Meeks (Google this guy for some eye-opening video weirdness).
One thing I know for sure: America is scared shitless of people like Father Pfleger, and...
America doesn't vote for this shit:
My favorite part: "He needs no introduction," begins Obama's new & improved minister, Rev. Moss... Rev. Wright's replacement.
Walking onstage to chants of “Yes, we can!” and “Fired up — ready to go!” she quickly gets to the heart of her message: There are forces out there who are trying to take away everything Barack has worked for. They — she doesn’t mention anyone in particular but does refer to one “brand name politician” — are trying to win this election for themselves and thereby deny Obama the opportunity to move America to the mountaintop of hope. And they must be stopped.
“We’ve learned that we’re still living in a time and in a nation where the bar is set, right?” she tells the crowd.
“They tell you all you need to do is do these things and you’ll get to the bar — ”
“So you go about the business of doing those things — ”
“Yes — ”
Her husband has been doing just that, Obama explains — raising money, building an organization, winning caucuses, winning primaries, and amassing a large number of delegates. And yet he still hasn’t won, because nothing is ever enough for those unnamed adversaries.
“You start working hard and sacrificing, and you think you’re getting closer to the bar, you’re working and you’re struggling, you get right to that bar, you’re reaching out for the bar, and then what happens?”
“They raise the bar!”
“They raise the bar. Raise the bar. Shift it to the side. Keep it just out of reach.”
“And that’s just what’s been happening in this race.”
How is people not voting for your husband "raising the bar," Michelle?
Hm. Michelle, Honey... presidential primary races are supposed to be hard, Sweetie.
Gee, Michelle. You're acting like your husband is "entitled" to the nomination just because... well, just because.
You make over $300,000 a year, Sweetie... and you're whining about a bar being raised?
Keep talking, Michelle. Tomorrow, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will make sure you don't have to work any harder or wait any longer. In fact, those three are gonna lay that bar down at your feet because --let's face it-- Dems would rather lose in November than be called racists.
Some nobody (like me) had to say it.
Hate is hate. No matter what color your skin is. No matter which pulpit or soapbox you're spewing it from. No matter how many of your doe-eyed followers spin it and defend it.
Ignore the Unity Pony Promises hype, filter the up-the-leg-tingling media buzz, and set aside the Reaganesque teleprompter speech delivery style.
And look at what's always been right in front of you...
CLINTON, Hillary Rodham, (1947 - )
Senate Years of Service: 2001- Party: Democrat
CLINTON, Hillary Rodham, (wife of President William Jefferson Clinton), a Senator from New York; born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois; attended public school in Park Ridge, Illinois; graduated Wellesley College, BA 1969; graduated Yale Law School, JD 1973; attorney; counsel, impeachment inquiry staff, House Judiciary Committee 1974; First Lady of Arkansas 1979-1981, 1983-1993; First Lady of the United States 1993-2001; elected to the United States Senate for term commencing January 3, 2001; reelected in 2006 for the term ending January 3, 2013.
OBAMA, Barack, (1961 - )
Senate Years of Service: 2005- Party: Democrat
OBAMA, Barack, a Senator from Illinois; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 4, 1961; obtained early education in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii; continued education at Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif.; received a B.A. in 1983 from Columbia University, New York City; worked as a community organizer in Chicago, Ill.; studied law at Harvard University, where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, and received J.D. in 1991; lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago; member, Illinois State senate 1997-2004; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2004 for term beginning January 3, 2005.
My preference is obvious: I choose the one who willingly went after Richard Nuthouse Nixon, knowing that she would forever be the target of vicious rightwing attacks... no matter where she went or what she did.
It's about courage. And the biography demonstrates that quality definitively.
Howard Dean's Obama Voters Are Twice As Equal As Other Voters?
Did you know that the rules to be used this coming Saturday to halve the delegate counts in the critical states of Florida and Michigan are actually NEW RULES?
That's right. These rules are Howard Dean era rules, which vastly benefited Nevada and South Carolina and ended up disenfranchising millions of voters in Florida and Michigan.
Suddenly, "Democratic National Committee Lawyers" have trial-ballooned a memo --mere days before the Howard Dean/Donna Brazile/Barack H. Obama ax chops the proverbial heads off of voters in Michigan and Florida. Said memo reads:
Memo: Fla., Mich. can't be fully restored
WASHINGTON - A Democratic Party rules committee has the authority to restore delegates from Michigan and Florida but not fully seat the two states at the convention as Hillary Rodham Clinton wants, according to a party analysis.
Party rules require that the two states lose at least half of their convention delegates for holding elections too early, Democratic National Committee lawyers wrote in a 38-page memo.
The memo was sent late Tuesday to the 30 members of the party's Rules and Bylaws Committee, which plans to meet Saturday to consider the fate of convention delegates from the two states. The party is considering plans to restore at least some of the delegates to make sure the two important general election battlegrounds will be included at the nominating convention in August.
Whose lawyers are these?
Howard Dean's lawyers, of course.
Who says FL & MI delegates can't be fully restored?
On August 19th the members of the Democratic National Committee adopted the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The Rules govern the development and implementation of a delegate selection process by each state and territorial Party.
Some highlights of the 2008 Rules:
Calendar Last year the Party's Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling issued its recommendations on the 2008 primary and caucus calendar.
The Party recognizes the need early in the nominating process to broaden participation to reflect the Party’s rich racial, regional, and economic diversity by including 2 additional states. Twelve states applied to conduct early primaries and caucuses. We believe that shows the energy and excitement for opening up the process.
The addition of 2 states early in the process will also open up the dialogue to engage a broader range of people to talk about a wider variety of issues. This will enable the Democratic Party to choose the strongest candidate to be our Presidential nominee.
The new schedule is as follows:
* Iowa holds the first-in-the-nation caucus on January 14. * New Hampshire holds the first-in-the-nation primary on January 22. * Nevada conducts a caucus between Iowa and New Hampshire on Saturday, January 19. * South Carolina holds a primary 1 week after the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, January 29
The regular window will open for all other states on the first Tuesday in February -- February 5, 2008.
Presidential Candidate Sanctions on the Window There is a new rule that imposes new sanctions on presidential candidates. If a state, any state, violates the rule on timing/the window, presidential candidates will face sanctions if they campaign in that state. Examples of campaigning include: making personal appearances in the state, hiring campaign workers, and buying advertising and so on.
Currently, the only punishment for states that violate the window was on State Parties. This new enforcement provision recognizes that presidential candidates must also bear a responsibility in enforcing the window or face sanctions.
Internet Voting The 2008 Rules contain a new provision allowing Internet voting under certain conditions. Internet voting can only apply to State Party-run primaries and must be accompanied by in-person voting locations and vote by mail. Additionally, Internet voting must include a comprehensive outreach and education program to reach those who lack access as well as certain security and technical safeguards.
Voting Machine Equipment The 2008 Rules contain a new provision requiring State Parties to take provable positive steps to acquire optical scan voting machines and DRE voting machines that produce a voter verified paper record.
Inclusion Programs The 2008 Rules contain a new provision requiring State Parties to adopt and implement inclusion programs for LGBT Americans and persons with disability to achieve the full participation of these groups in the delegate selection process. Such programs, may as is already the case in a number of states, include setting goals.
Additionally there are new requirements on presidential candidates to use all their best efforts to maximize participation in the delegate selection process.
Who decided to make "new rules?" Howard Dean had to have a hand in this decision.
Why Nevada and South Carolina? Barack H. Obama was one of Dean's original handpicked campaign 2004 "Dean's Dozen" candidates. Duh.
By the way, Obama faced no sanctions whatsoever for airing TV ads in Florida or for holding a press conference after a fundraiser. Double Duh.
Back to that DNC memo...
Howard Dean's idea of fairness is to give FL & MI voters the equivalent of HALF HUMAN WORTH in delegates. Jeez! Even the original THREE-FIFTHS COMPROMISE gave more human worth to slaves that Howard Dean's rules will now give delegates in his own party. Damn!
Meanwhile, as usual...
Women will just have to put up or shut up.
Iron your own shirt, Asswipes.
And make your own damned coffee, Howard. While you're at it...
Host your own damned fundraisers.
Stuff your own damned envelopes.
Make your own damned cold calls.
Write and edit your own damned newsletters, direct mailers, and websites.
Organize your own damned caucus plans.
Register your own damned new voters.
Knock & Drop your own silly self.
Write your own damned letters to the editors.
Create your own damned national email blast lists.
Foot-pedal your own damned auto pen machine. Better yet, sign your own damned name on your correspondence.
Compose your own damned talking points on critical issues.
Come up with your own damned press releases and statements in 45 minutes or less.
And count your own damned money and put your own neck on the IRS line, Howie.
'Cause we women --the ones you & Donna & Barack/Barry no longer need-- who've done these campaign jobs for little or no pay are done, damn it.
Hey, Howie! If you still think women can't survive four years of John McCain after eight years of Bush II, think again, Sweetie.
Barack H. Obama didn't celebrate his Oregon primary win in Oregon. And he didn't concede his devastating 2-1 loss in Kentucky...er, in Kentucky.
Nope, Candidate Unity Pony chose to cheer the enlightened Oregonians and lament the bitter Kentuckians... in Iowa.
Just in case you didn't get the Obama email, I've translated it for you here:
The polls are closed in Kentucky (But I'm not there; I'm in Iowa with the handful of smart people who caucused for me) and votes are being counted in Oregon (but I'm not there because I don't want people to think I only appeal to arugula eaters), and it's clear that tonight we have reached a major milestone (not counting Florida and Michigan) on this journey.
We have won an absolute majority (not counting Florida and Michigan) of all the delegates chosen by the people (except for those shut out in FL & MI) in this Democratic primary process.
From the beginning, this journey wasn't about me or the other candidates (Actually, it's always been about me, but I have to say that... here in Iowa). It was about a simple choice -- will we continue down the same road (that doesn't go to FL or MI) with the same leadership (Hm. Sounds like I'm talking about Republicans, doesn't it? Actually, I'm talking about the Democrats who screwed Howard Dean out of the nomination in 2004) that has failed us for so long, or will we take a different path (with my messianic message of superficial hope & change rhetoric)?
Too many of us have been disappointed by politics (like my wife, who's just now proud to be an American for the first time) and politicians (not like the ones of us who who promise hope, change and unity ponies, so don't even go there) more times than you can count. We've seen promises broken and good ideas drowned in a sea of influence, point-scoring, and petty bickering that has consumed Washington (but this never happens in Chicago politics, so stop saying that!).
Yet, in spite of all the doubt and disappointment (Hey! I'm talking to you bitter people!) -- or perhaps because of it -- people have stood for change (and they've swallowed my Deval Patrick schtick whole).
Unfortunately, our opponents in the other party continue to embrace yesterday's policies and they will continue to employ yesterday's tactics (which have been highly successful) -- they will try to change the subject (by pointing out my weaknesses), and they will play on fears and divisions (like my lack of experience, my wife's hateful remarks, and my honorable friends' nefarious deeds) to distract us from what matters to you and your future (until I actually get to govern something besides William Ayers' foundation board, at which time I'll get you to call everyone racists when they complain about me screwing up).
But those tactics will not work in this election (because I know the media will never turn on me; they've been so supportive so far).
They won't work because you won't let them (and we all know how successful Dems have been in fighting the opposition; Oh, well. Just call them racists).
Not this time (it's Obama time, God damn it). Not this year (anno domini Obama).
We still have work to do to in the remaining states, where we will compete for every delegate available (even though I'm in Iowa and not in either KY, OR, FL, or MI tonight).
But tonight (in Iowa, of all places), I want to thank you (and the national Obama media) for everything you have done (including you women who volunteer to make the coffee and stuff the envelopes) to take us this far -- farther than anyone predicted, expected, or even believed possible (except the media, all of whom are salivating like Pavlov's dogs over a general election campaign between a novice sort-of black guy and a war hero old guy).
And I want to remind you that you (except for you bitter men, uppity women, Garlic Noses, Asians, Jews, Latinos, and the rest of you gay losers) will make all the difference in the epic challenge ahead.
Thank you (for being so stupid),
Barack Obama (aka Barry Soetoro, in Iowa)
By the way, did you catch Donna Brazile's CNN answer to why Obama would be in Iowa last night?
"He's not going to IA to declare victory, he's going because he and his wife have fond memories of the state."
You think maybe Obama's handlers had visions of split-screens with news reports of CLINTON WINS KY v OBAMA DECLARES VICTORY?
Obama: No victory declaration Tuesday
MILWAUKIE, Ore. — Concerned about appearing presumptuous or antagonistic towards Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama will not declare victory in the Democratic nomination fight Tuesday in the event he wins enough pledged delegates to claim a majority.
Rather, he'll tiptoe right up to the line, without explicitly asserting the race is over.
While it may sound like an exercise in hair-splitting, the conscious decision not to declare victory is a revealing measure of the sensitivity surrounding overtures that appear to disrespect Clinton and her supporters.
As for that "never-before, absolutely astonishing" Obama inspired 75,000 crowd in Oregon...
How quickly Dems forget:
Clinton Campaigns With Kerry in Philadelphia By Jeralyn, Section Elections Posted on Mon Oct 25, 2004 at 01:34:02 PM EST Tags: (all tags) Share This: Digg This!! StumbleUpon del.icio.us reddit reddit
Looking good, sounding better...former President Clinton "rises from his sick bed" to campaign with John Kerry in Philadelphia today.
Check out the size of this crowd. Estimates are 100,000 and higher.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The media wants to cover a general election between the "first black" candidate and the "aged, maverick" war hero. And they'll stop at nothing to ensure this scenario.
But the media never considered the backbone of the Democratic party rebelling.
Neither did Obama's handlers.
I've also said this before: If Obama thinks women can't survive four more years of Republican rule, he needs to take some history classes.
Get this: Obama plans to declare MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (not counting over 3 million votes cast in FL & MI) tomorrow night... In Iowa.
Why not Kentucky?
Obama's not going to win Kentucky tomorrow night.
Why not Oregon, where Obama is supposed to win tomorrow night?
Sorry, Oregon. You're not important enough. You're chock-full-o-farleftie, Birkenstocked latte sippers. And you're just not Rockwellian enough, damn it.
Iowa, however, is Obama's idea of cornpone-fed, downhome rural whitefolk country, where the hicks, Jews, women, and Garlic Noses first anointed Him (no typo)... long before He defended His whacko preacher and threw His "typically white" grandma under the bus.
Obama, who has faced criticism for his perceived weakness among working class white Americans, frequently invokes his success in Iowa as evidence that his message resonates in one of the whitest states in the country.
Although he is expected to win the largely white state of Oregon Tuesday, polling indicates that Obama may lose Kentucky for a lack of support among Caucasians who earn less than $50,000 per year. He may hope that his appearance in Iowa will keep his perceived weakness among such voters out of the news in subsequent days.
Despite his expected loss in Kentucky, the Obama campaign expects to clinch a majority of pledged delegates Tuesday. They will use the event in Iowa to signal a shift in the campaign from the primary to the general election.
Obama must figure that Iowa voters are too damned stupid to figure out how they're being used as a backdrop for a poser.
What remains to be seen: Will Iowa fall for Obama's positively Bush-like "mission accomplished" crap?
... the god of Abraham, apparently, created space aliens and just neglected to tell anyone about it.
Good news for Agent Scully. The Vatican's top astronomer says it's OK to believe in life on other planets.
As ''X-Files'' aficionados know, Scully is the skeptical half of the FBI team that investigates alien abductions and other paranormal events. She is also Catholic, a faith that holds man is created in God's image and is, presumably, unique in the universe.
But in an interview published Tuesday in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes says rejecting the notion of extraterrestrial life outright would mean ''putting limits on God's creative freedom.''
In files released yesterday, Britain's Ministry of Defense has dismissed 90% of UFO reports as having mundane explanations, and has given the other 10% a big, fat question mark.
As for the Catholic community, well, there's now some good news.
The Vatican's top astronomer, and scientific adviser to The Pope is now saying that it's OK to believe in space aliens.
Conclusion: As long as these aliens aren't gay, it's now OK for Catholics to encounter them.
Thus endeth today's sermon.
Go forth today and consider not just this truly historic Vatican statement of belief in the possibility of space aliens... But also consider the fact that The Pope has an official astronomer/science advisor.
Proving, once again: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
“Barack Obama has always believed that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the law, and he will continue to fight for civil unions as President. He respects the decision of the California Supreme Court, and continues to believe that states should make their own decisions when it comes to the issue of marriage.”
Same-Sex Couple- Should be obvious, but why not refer to these citizens as plain old couples? Well, if you do that, it sounds really stupid to deny them the right to marry in a church, doesn't it? The Unitarian Universalist Church will marry any couple any time... When it becomes legal. They've offered civil ceremonies for decades, but these are not marriage ceremonies. The feds would be all over them if they actually married couples who aren't Barbies & Kens.
Equal rights under the law- Does Obama really believe that's the case --or even a remote possibility-- for anyone who's not a Bush appointee? If so, he's dumber than I thought he was.
Civil Unions- limited rights, compared to heteros' rights (medical and legal powers-of-attorney)
States should make their own decisions- Sounds positively Repubicanesque to me.
And before he started sounding downright Republicanesque, Obama simple refused to take a stand.
HB 581 (2003)
Allows domestic partners to be allowed to assume the rights of a spouse or survivor with regards to pension benefits under the Chicago Teacher's pension system.
FactCheck: Yes, Obama cast 130 "present" votes in IL Senate.
Such a champion of (nowhere near all of) the people!
* Sexual comments, jokes, gestures, noises, propositions. * Referring to an adult as "honey”, “sweetie”, or “babe”. * Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history. * Making sexual comments about a person’s clothing, body or looks. * Display of sexual pictures. * Letters, email, posters, gifts, and/or materials of a sexual nature. * Invading a person’s body space, standing closer than appropriate or necessary. * Unwanted physical touches. * Deliberate sexual touching or brushing up against, or leaning over, or pinching. * Tearing, pulling, yanking, a person’s clothing. * Exposing herself/ himself.
And this guy, if elected, plans to work with Republicans, too. You know, those Republicans who've called women "Sweetie" (and worse) all these years? The ones whose clocks we're supposed to be cleaning this year because of their horrible treatment of anyone who's not one of them? Yeah, those guys.
Do you think Republicans will be calling Obama "Sweetie" any time soon?
What happened to cold and calculating? Treacherous and evil?
Oh, yeah. Clinton won WV last night with 71% of the female vote.
Of course, that makes (according to Matthews) women the new Obama "Clinging to" demographic. You know, the women who've given him the benefit of the doubt for months and now find him lacking in character, experience, judgment, and electability? These women can't possibly be making intelligent decisions, can they? Naaah. Must be a visceral reaction.
visceral- characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect: a visceral reaction characterized by or dealing with coarse or base emotions; earthy; crude
How do I know my reaction to Obama is visceral, and not based on my analysis of the candidates' plans, powers of persuasion, and/or the November electoral possibilities?
Chris Matthews says so...
The visceral part:
Matthews: If you talk to people, older women, and you talk to them. . . older women. . and they get really angry at me, of course .. How do you get those older women – I think that’s the strongest constituency for Hillary – the strained women, the woman who maybe works hard, maybe was a hard working woman, maybe her marriage wasn’t the greatest thing in the world in terms of economics, in terms of . . her life wasn’t that great and they look at Hillary as their champion that’s gonna save them and pull them out of this rut they’ve been in for 30 or 50 years or 60 years.
How do you move them, after all this visceral attitude toward Barack Obama, to him, if that has to happen. . . I talk to visceral!! These people have a visceral attitude about Barack Obama and against him. It is so deep. . . A woman said to me… a rather well turned out woman [for Hillary] said to me last night… I’m voting for McCain.. . Now I’ve heard that from women of all walks of life.
I've got a sister-in-law like that. She’s a very feminist woman. . Eileen Kennedy, [she’s for Hillary but she’s going to vote for McCain] .. . I’ll hear about this later. . . Even though it will run against every one of her principles, in terms of the Supreme Court and women’s rights and everybody’s rights.. I mean it’s so visceral. . .
My favorite part: "Their lives weren't that great for 30 or 50 years or 60 years."
Take a damned history class, Chris.
Whose reaction to whom has always been visceral, Chris?
Believe it or not, the female lifestyle depicted in that painting represents a long history of women's progress.
At least, those women didn't have to worry about being sacrificed to Priapus.
And every day that passes, life for women gets a tiny bit better and safer...
... and a little more worrisome for men like Matthews.
So, Chris... If 71% of women don't support an unaccomplished, religious wingnut-loving, anti-gay, abortion-rights-waffling waffle eater, their reaction is visceral?
The inconvenient truth Obamaphiles may be missing?
If Obama is handed the nomination, the Clintons could choose the enviable path of good works and happy private lives (Like Adlai Stevenson, Jimmy Carter, and Al Gore) after giving the Democratic Party their all for so long.
Obamaphiles offer no reason whatsoever for the Clintons to continue their current level of Dem Party efforts, including their exhausting schedule of commitment to party obligations and their lucrative money-raising activities for fellow Dem candidates.
Fact: The Clinton Foundation is making vital progress in environmental initiatives, HIV-Aids drug cost reduction, economic opportunity expansion and health care improvement.
With Hillary Clinton proposing and fighting for these and other vital initiatives in the US senate and President Clinton running the foundation, why would they continue to subject themselves to the vile, Republican-created echo chamber attacks from Obama's new & improved Democrats?
Obamaphiles' dreams don't even go there, do they? They assume that the Clintons will always be around, fighting for whatever Dean-instigated mutation the party evolves into... no matter how they're treated.
Think again, Obamaphiles. You claim you're creating a new & improved Dem Party. Would that be the party of Blame Clinton If Obama Screws Up? The party of It's Clinton's Fault If Obama Looks Weak? The party of You Just Aren't Capable Of Understanding Obama?
The Clintons don't have to take whatever you throw at them, now or in the future. And I hope® they don't.
By the way... If the Clintons cut back drastically on party involvement, I'm with them. And I know I'm not alone. The money I normally donate to the national party will do much more good in the hands of President and Senator Clinton.
Take note, Obamaphiles: You're making your own bed now.
But I'm just not ready to back an empty suit, who's new nickname is GWBush 2.0, with a résumé so slim that it would have to run around in the shower to get wet.
To those of you who keep submitting comments on Hillary Clinton being a "witch," a "ballbreaker," a "Communist," a "Republican" and a "crazy bitch": Keep trying; and know that I delete your comments daily.
And know that there are millions more just like me. Can you win without all of us?
Today's Sermon: When Incense Is The Perfect Mother's Day Gift...
How do you celebrate Mother's Day after Mom is arrested for her seriously weird religious belief in resurrection?
Two charged after deputy finds dead woman
Two people have been arrested after a Juneau County sheriff's deputy found one of them and her two children living in a home with the body of a 90-year-old woman decomposing on the bathroom toilet.
Tammy D. Lewis, 35, and Alan A. Bushey, 57, both of Necedah, are each charged with two felony counts of causing mental harm to a child, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. Lewis also faces one count of obstructing police.
According to the criminal complaint:
The sheriff's office was asked on Wednesday to check on Middlesworth's welfare by the woman's sister, Bernice Metz, because Metz had not heard from her in "some time."
When a deputy arrived at the home, Lewis initially claimed Middlesworth was on vacation, but after her body was discovered told the deputy that she had been dead for about two months.
Lewis said she had been helping Middlesworth put on an undergarment when she passed out in her arms and she had left her propped on the toilet after Bushey, whom she referred to as her "superior," said to leave her on the toilet and pray.
Lewis told the deputy that "God told her Alvina would come back to life if she prayed hard enough." Bushey told the deputy that "Lewis was obedient and served the Lord just as she should."
The 12-year-old boy later told investigators that after Middlesworth died, Bushey told him her appearance "was the result of demons attempting to make it appear that Alvina would not come back to life." The boy also reportedly said that Bushey told him that if Middlesworth's death was discovered, he and his sister would have to go to public school and get jobs because the woman, whom the boy referred to as his "grandmother," was paying the bills.
The girl made similar statements to investigators, the complaint says.
Both children are in protective custody, Oleson said, and physically healthy. In court appearance Friday, Lewis and Bushey were ordered to have no contact with the children or each other and their bonds were set at $50,000 each.
The complaint states that incense was used to cut down on the stench in the home and that Lewis said she and her children were using a bucket in a closet as a bathroom.
Thus endeth today's sermon.
Go forth today and celebrate your mother's (or surrogate mother's) life with an appropriate gift. Even if she has some weird religious beliefs... or no religious beliefs at all. She's still your mother. No matter what.
In today's edition of WORM (What Obama Really Meant)...
Obama tries to explain his weird "I've visited 57 of the states" and "100 million people in Burma" (Scroll down this page for the video) statements:
At a later stop Obama was talking with reporters and expressed concern he’d also mis-stated the number of potential cyclone victims in Burma. He said, "I hope I said 100,000 people the first time instead of 100 million. I understand I said there were 57 states today. It’s a sign that my numeracy is getting a little, uh." At that point, an aide cut him off and ushered journalists out. Before he could mis-speak again?
Shades of Reagan?
Hey, that would certainly explain why Obama feels he has to climb to the top so fast and furiously, wouldn't it?
Instead of getting some important legislative accomplishments listed on a seriously thin resume and taking the time to develop in-depth policies, Obama is hell-bent on becoming our president now.
Ever wondered why?
Ever wondered why his supporters keep insisting every day that Clinton quit now? Now, damn it. Now. Quit now.
Why? Is there something Obama doesn't want you to find out? What would that be? What's the hurry?
Think about it.
And watch his bizarre behavior patterns as the primary race wears on.
Not-So-Silly Saturday: Obama's Latest Dan Quayle Moment
You know what's really sad about Obama claiming that he's visited 57 states and would like to visit them all?
He appears to be reading from prepared notes.
What am I supposed to deduce from Obama's weird count of states?
That Obama is hiding either a physical or mental problem?
That Obama is an idiot?
Color me confused.
Some other Obama Dan Quayle moments...
"Now that's my phone buzzing there. I don't want you to think I'm getting fresh or anything." --posing for a picture with supporters in Indiana, when he apparently felt his phone start to vibrate in his pocket, against which one woman was closely pressed
"They say I need to be seasoned; they say I need to be stewed. They say, 'We need to boil all the hope out of him -- like us -- and then he'll be ready.'"
Whatever the reason, Obama's not ready for prime time.
BRAZILE: Well, Lou, I have worked on a lot of Democratic campaigns, and I respect Paul. But, Paul, you're looking at the old coalition. A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don't have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics. We need to look at the Democratic Party, expand the party, expand the base and not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
How freakin' insulting and seriously stupid is that?
And Paul Begala was justifiably insulted:
Begala: When people say things -- I love Donna and we go back 22 years. We've never been on different sides of an arguments in our entire lives. But if her point is that there's a new Democratic Party that somehow doesn't need or want white working-class people and Latinos, well count me out.
And guess what Donna said next!
DONNA BRAZILE, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Paul, baby, I did not say that.
Yes, you did, Donna.
Yes, you did.
A few examples of the new & improved retelling of the story's origin:
Obama 2001: "Ayers Is My Benefactor" v Obama 2008: "I'm Appalled By Ayers Stomping Flag In 2001"
Psst. That's William "Serious Daddy Issues" Ayers (on the left, stomping on the American flag).
Even die hard hippies hated this guy and soundly condemned his "Kill all the rich people" bombing rampage back in the day.
Not a movie hero in anyone's book. Speaking of movies... Bear with me for a moment.
Barack H. Obama reminds me of the John Heard character in that Goldie Hawn movie, Deceived. That character meets, marries (sometimes simultaneously) and kills women who get in the way of his art forgery business. Oh, by the way... he also assumes different identities for... um, what he believes to be practical purposes. That's where the Obama similarity comes in.
In 2001, Barack H. Obama worked closely with unrepentant home-grown terrorist bomber, William Ayers, in Chicago.
Barack Obama is not just “associated” with Bill Ayers. They have a relationship. Bill Ayers co-founded a foundation in Chicago and named Barack the Chairman. That is more than an association. It is a relationship that started in 1995 and Barack stayed in that job for eight years. Bill Ayers and his wife helped Barack plot how to oust a longstanding state Senator, Alice Palmer. That is more than just stumbling into each other at Starbucks. Bill Ayers helped raise money for Barack’s campaign. And then Barack and Bill Ayers sat together on the Woods Fund board.
“Senator Obama is appalled by this disrespect of a flag we love and that so many have fought and died for. There is no excuse for anyone to treat that which we hold so dear with so little regard. But from the important challenges facing the American people,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.
That Ayers picture is from a Chicago magazine article in 2001. That is the same time Obama and Ayers served together on the board of a philanthropic organization called the Woods Fund. It is also around the same time that Ayers donated to Obama’s state Senate campaign.
The Chicago Tribune reports Obama held a campaign event at Ayers’ home in 1995 as he began his political career.
Obama has known Ayers since 1995, and he's only now "appalled" by the photo of Ayers stomping the flag?
Of course, he is. That's what comes next in a long line of things Obama has to do to placate the lustig masses. Or so he thinks.
Cue John Heard/ Barack H. Obama:
I don't want to hurt you, Adrienne. I never wanted to hurt anybody! But when I have to do something, I do it. I always do whatever comes next, no matter how difficult it is. If I have to do something then I do- I always do whatever comes next! No matter how difficult it is!
Like that John Heard character, Obama (right on cue) is just "doing what comes next."
Just as mid-term exams are indicators of students' study skills, class involvement, and mastery of the material necessary to do well on the final exam, Today's New York Times Dem primary poll indicates that Barack H. Obama's final exam grade (aka the Nov. 2nd election) could be... um, less than stellar.
WASHINGTON — A majority of American voters say that the furor over the relationship between Senator Barack Obama and his former pastor has not affected their opinion of Mr. Obama, but a substantial number say that it could influence voters this fall should he be the Democratic presidential nominee, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.
In February, 59 percent called Mr. Obama the stronger candidate, compared with 28 percent who named Mrs. Clinton. In the latest survey, the two were essentially tied.
Mr. Obama would defeat Mr. McCain by 51 percent to 40 percent among all voters, the poll found, and Mrs. Clinton would defeat him 53 to 41.
While just 24 percent of voters said they thought the Wright issue would matter a lot or some to them in the fall, 44 percent said it would matter a lot or some to “most people you know.”
Fifty-eight percent of respondents said Mr. Obama was “tough enough to make the hard decisions a president has to make.” Seventy percent said the same of Mrs. Clinton, and 71 percent of Mr. McCain.
Something else to think about...
When was the last time you heard of a student acing a final exam by wishing and hoping?
The Koufaxes (or "the Sandies") are like the SAG or Golden Globe awards, while the Webbies are comparable to the Oscars. Getting a Koufax denotes being a class act while getting a Webbie, while certainly an honor, takes a little more politickin' than most of the celler-dwelling idealists who blogviate are up for. From The Official Koufax Award site...
The Koufax Awards are intended to help forge a sense of community among bloggers and their readership. We hope to make introductions of bloggers to each other and to readers. We also hope to create a sense that we all live in the same virtual neighborhood and that it is a very nice neighborhood indeed.
A Scrivener's Lament is officially your go-to scrivener for the next big electoral college showdown. In this case Scrivener Delilah Boyd is keeping an eye on the Electoral College of Cardinals, who Scriv thinks may at any moment be called upon to fly off to Rome (that's as in fly by airplane; only nuns can fly for real) and pick a new pope.
But his Holiness is doing better, you must be thinking. Well, the Scriv ain't so sure and even has actual photographs (you'll have to scroll down a bit) of the Holy Father getting viciously attacked by (assumes Scriv) the Lord's messengers of vengeance - apparently to the delight of little children.
Anyhoo, the Lament has been keeping files on top candidates for the next Bishop of Rome so that when the sad day comes, you'll know where to turn for all the horserace action. I mention this only because A Scrivener's Lament has been nominated for a Sandy Award in the Most Humorous Blog category.
At A Scrivener's Lament, Delilah Boyd offers a little sigh over the sudden announcement that the Bushies aren't gonna look for WMDs in Iraq anymore. Then the Scrivener offers a useful list of quotes from the administration hornswaggling the country - oops, I mean being sadly misled by the entire intelligence community - about the possibility of weapons stockpiles in Iraq. Maybe Delilah needs to offer to do some volunteer archiving for large media networks. Apparently NBC, CBS, & ABC's news operations are too cash strapped to afford to hire researchers to dig up obscure, unknown quotes likes these for when the yellowcake hits the fan (or in this case fails to).
Ammunition In Bill O'Reilly's War On Christmas
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 5th December
RE: Christmas Party
I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take
place on December 23rd, starting at noon in the private function room
at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks!
We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...please feel free
to sing along. And don't be surprised if the Managing Director shows
up dressed as Santa Claus!
A Christmas tree will be lit at 1.00p.m.. Exchange of gifts among
employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over
$10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets. This
gathering is only for employees! The Managing Director will make a
special announcement at the Party.
Merry Christmas to you and your Family.
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 6th December
RE: Holiday Party
In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish
employees. We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which
often coincides with Christmas. However, from now on we're calling it our 'Holiday Party.' The
same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians. There
will be no Christmas tree or Christmas carols sung. We will have
other types of music for your enjoyment.
Happy Holidays to you and your family,
FROM; Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 7th December
RE: Holiday Party
Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous
requesting a non-drinking table...you didn't sign your name. I'm
happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table
that reads, "AA Only," you wouldn't be anonymous anymore!!!! How am I
supposed to handle this? Somebody?
Forget about the gift exchange, no gift exchange allowed now since
the Union Officials feel that $10.00 is too much money and Management
believes $10.00 is a little cheap. NO GIFT EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 8th December
RE: Holiday Party
What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20th begins
the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking
during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can
appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate
our Muslim employees' beliefs, perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal
until the end of the party - or else package everything up for you to take home in a little foil
doggy bag. Will that work?
Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit
farthest from the dessert buffet, and pregnant women will get the
table closest to the toilets. Gays are allowed to sit with each
other, but Lesbians do not have to sit with gay men: each will have their
own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangements for the gay men's
To the person asking permission to cross dress - no cross dressing
allowed unless the Supreme Court intervenes before the 23rd.
We will have booster seats for short people. Low fat food will be
available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the
food. We suggest those people with high blood pressure taste the
food first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for Diabetics, but the
restaurant cannot supply "No Sugar" desserts. Sorry! Did I miss
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All F****** Employees
DATE: 9th December
RE: The ******** Holiday Party
Vegetarian pricks! I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep
this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can
sit quietly at the table furthest from the "grill of death," as you
so quaintly put it; you'll get your f****** salad bar, including
organic tomatoes. But you know tomatoes have feelings, too. They
scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing the
scream right NOW!!
I hope you all have a rotten holiday! Drink, drive and die, Jesus-hating Scum!
Pauline (AKA "That Bitch in HR")
FROM: John Bishop - Acting Human Resources Director
DATE: 12th December
RE: Pauline Lewis and Holiday Party
I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Pauline Lewis a speedy
recovery, and I'll continue to forward your cards to her. In the
meantime, Management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and,
instead, give everyone the afternoon of December 23rd off with full pay.
A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand. He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript.
So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up. In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.
The head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son." So, he goes down into the dark caves...
...underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years.
Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot. So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him.
He sees him banging his head against the wall, and wailing, "We forgot the "R", we forgot the "R". His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?"
With a choking voice, the old abbot replies, "The word was celebrate."
Psst! Only first-time visitors are counted, y'all!