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California Amber Alert system sends my Metro PCS phone 167 messages (and counting)

Between about 8 o’clock last night and about 7:30 this morning I received at least 73 “Emergency messages” to my Metro PCS phone. I know this because the inbox holds exactly 73 texts and every one of them was the same: Message cannot be displayed.

The mystery emergency phone missive is not a new thing. I’ve gotten these plaintive cries from Planet Zét§öþ° before. Sometimes 2 or 3 in a day, but only in the last couple months. I have no idea what any of it means, or why they need to talk to me in hyperthagonal mobius arrays. But to get maybe 100 of them overnight is a bit odd, I thought. Perhaps they’re under attack. I went on with my day but of course I kept getting more: Message cannot be displayed.

I finally gave up and called Metro PCS. You must utterly give up all hope to call Metro PCS, incidentally. After getting ahold of an Indian call center with barely tolerable agents who kept telling me it was the commercial messaging system, or the emergency alert system, they assured me they themselves had turned off those functions now and the problem was solved (. . MPCS is the only business that texts me and I’ve never gotten any emergency weather alerts, ever. Whenever I pointed this out the line went quiet. Then they returned to the script . .). Since accepting and embracing these solutions, I’ve received about 15 more messages. Which means the two rude agents who immediately hung up on me ended up with the same batting average as everyone else, including yours truly.

Anyhoo, for fun, I decided to check the Amber Alert system online, and whaddyaknow. California’s very first system-wide cell phone alert went out last evening. By my estimates, I have now received 169 171 173 178 Amber Alerts (and counting) where the relevant n’ lifesaving information IS . . Message cannot be displayed. At least that’s what I’m assuming, though I’d be reassured to know all my friends on Zét§öþ° are safe and sound.

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“Sam Bacile” appears to be fraudster Nakoula Basseley Nakoula

Who is Sam Bacile? The man behind the hack film reel portraying Muhammad as a decrepit fool and Muslims as homicidal child molesters and homosexual donkeys? The filmmaker whose “Innocence of Muslims” incensed and inflamed thousands across the Arab world? The man without whom we would not be mourning the death of a courageous American like Chris Stevens?

The Associated Press has apparently found him. It’s a 55 year-old man from Cerritos, California, named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.

Nakoula denied he directed the film and said he knew the self-described filmmaker, Sam Bacile. But the cell phone number that AP contacted Tuesday to reach the filmmaker who identified himself as Sam Bacile traced to the same address near Los Angeles where AP found Nakoula. Federal court papers said Nakoula’s aliases included Nicola Bacily, Erwin Salameh and others.

Nakoula told the AP that he was a Coptic Christian and said the film’s director supported the concerns of Christian Copts about their treatment by Muslims.

Nakoula denied he had posed as Bacile. During a conversation outside his home, he offered his driver’s license to show his identity but kept his thumb over his middle name, Basseley.

Here’s the case for the connection:

1.) Sam Bacile’s cell phone traces to Nakoula’s address. It’s possible this is an arrangement of billing or that they’re roommates. But then . .

2,) Nakoula’s middle name is “Basseley.” Bacile and Basseley are homonyms.

3.) Nakoula tried to conceal the fact his middle name is essentially “Bacile.” He obscured the name “Basseley” with his thumb when he showed his driver’s license to the AP.

4.) He’s a Coptic Christian. In the film clip, Coptic Christians are victims of Muslims.

5.) He’s a man with multiple aliases, including Nicola Bacily.

6.) He’s a convicted fraudster.

Nakoula, who talked guardedly about his role, pleaded no contest in 2010 to federal bank fraud charges in California and was ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution. He was also sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer. . .

It was “basically a check-kiting scheme,” the prosecutor told the AP. “You try to get the money out of the bank before the bank realizes they are drawn from a fraudulent account. There basically is no money.”

Amy Sterling Casil at PolicyMic is betting the “film” is Nakoula’s latest scam:

The casting notice for the film is viewable online, listing Sam Bassiel, Producer, and Alan Roberts, Director. The trailer’s costume designer lists Abanob Nakoula and Sam Basselley as co-producers. There are many Alan Roberts on IMDb, but none are active directors with anything like this film listed.

Performers and creative crew for the 14-minute film say they were duped. The casting call is for a film called “Desert Warrior,” and the main male character is named “George.” The 80-member cast and crew has told news outlets they performed in an “Arabic Desert adventure film.” They report that the lines they performed were not about Mohammed or Islam. It is obvious from the film trailer that the offensive and bizarre dialog is poorly-dubbed over the original performers.

Whether it’s Nicola Bacily, Sam Bassiel, Sam Basselley, or Sam Bacile, it’s Nakoula.

Meanwhile, protests at the Sana embassy in Yemen have turned violent:

Groups of protesters nearing 1,000 people thick at certain places have circled the US Embassy, creating multiple demonstrations. The demonstrators managed to breach the area past the main gate at the embassy’s main gate, but were stopped at the security perimeter.

“Smoke is rising, they just flooded the security barriers. [There are] no casualties. [There is] shooting. It’s crazy,” a Yemeni official told ABC News.

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The funny way National Review cares for California

California, that’s us. Unemployment is pegged over 10%, the state government’s poorer than a fruit picker, the mention of the word ‘water’ in polite society starts fistfights, and, beginning about a month from now, the Santa Ana winds will turn greater Los Angeles into gunpowder in a potter’s kiln. There are so many good reasons for the bleedinghearts at National Review to worry about us.

If Californians did not have enough problems already, they are about to be deprived of delicious, fattened liver.

Jesus, now this.

As of July 1, when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2004 “Force Fed Birds” act finally took effect, California became the first state in the nation to ban foie gras.

No more tortured goose organs for you. The fates. They are cruel.

Some, like the newly founded Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards (CHEFS), say the law goes too far. “It would lead to the widespread production and sale of contraband, black-market foie gras that would be dangerous to animal welfare and customers,” the CHEFS website states.

Because CHEFS are all about animal welfare. Similar arguments were forwarded the author by GNASHING BIRD MAGNETO. Now, here’s how the Review tie up this piece. No ma’am, I’m not making this up:

These birds are only the most recent job creators pushed out of the Golden State.

When the attorney general deports the Hell’s Angels, the morticians lobby will collapse.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn parallels in entitlement, criminality

Though they live on opposite sides of the Atlantic ocean, though they once held power over realms as contrasting as California environmental policy and international exchange rates, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn share a common and ugly proclivity: they attack women.

The former action star and California Governor admitted today that, ten years earlier, he fathered the child of a woman on his household staff. The woman was reportedly married at the time, and the Governor was married to Maria Shriver. He was also accused of sexual harassment of or criminal sexual behavior toward as many as 12 women back in 2003, in the run up to his winning the governorship.

During the production of the 1991 mega-blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a producer on that film recalls Arnold’s emerging from his trailer one day and noticing a fortyish female crew member, who was wearing a silk blouse. Arnold went up to the woman, put his hands inside her blouse, and proceeded to pull her breasts out of her bra. Another observer says, “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This woman’s nipples were exposed, and here’s Arnold and a few of his clones laughing. I went after the woman, who had run to the shelter of a nearby trailer. She was hysterical but refused to press charges for fear of losing her job. It was disgusting.”

The current I.M.F. head, Strauss-Kahn, sits in jail:

He is charged with seven crimes, including attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching and unlawful imprisonment, against a 32-year-old hotel maid who had entered his suite at the Sofitel hotel near Times Square at around midday to clean. Conviction carries a prison sentence of up to 74 years.

According to the criminal complaint, Strauss-Kahn shut the door of his hotel room, trapping his alleged victim inside, before grabbing her chest without her consent.

John McConnell, an assistant district attorney said: “He sexually assaulted her and attempted to forcibly rape her,” and when that failed, he forced her to perform oral sex.

Arnold:

Anna Richardson of Big Screen claims that after the cameras stopped rolling for her interview segment, Schwarzenegger, apparently attempting to ascertain whether Richardson’s breasts were real, tweaked her nipple and then laughed at her objections. “I left the room quite shaken,” she says. “What was more upsetting was that his people rushed to protect him and scapegoated me, and not one person came to apologize afterward.”

Dominique:

Tristane Banon was in her 20s and writing a book when she approached Strauss-Kahn for an interview in 2002. In a TV programme in 2007, in which Strauss-Kahn’s name had been bleeped out, Banon allegedly described him as a “rutting chimpanzee” and described how she was forced to fight him off. “It finished badly … very violently … I kicked him,” Banon said. “When we were fighting, I mentioned the word ‘rape’ to make him afraid, but it didn’t have any effect. I managed to get out.”

Banon’s mother, fully aware of who Strauss-Kahn was, counseled Tristane against reporting him to the police:

. . she had dissuaded her daughter from legal action because she believed Strauss-Kahn’s behaviour had been out of character and because of close links with his family. “Today I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter from complaining. I bear a heavy responsibility,” she said.

Don’t feel too bad. Who’s to say anyone would have believed her? California voters knew well the allegations against Arnold, and they voted for him twice.

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This week in Republican racism

Who: Marilyn Davenport. (Apparently there are still people with names like this. Cindie Millington. Dex Fairlight.) She is a “Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party.”

Where: That would be Orange County, California. Birthplace of Dick Nixon.

What: Hilarious e-mail.




Punchline:
“Now you know why no birth certificate”

Excuses:

1.) “You’re not going to make a big deal about this are you?” she asked me. “It’s just an Internet joke.”

2.) “Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”

(Good explanation. She knows it’s offensive, so she didn’t send it to people who’d be offended. She probably didn’t send it to any of her Negro buddies. ‘She’s never burned a cross on my lawn,’ one remarked.)

3.) “I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” Davenport wrote. “In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race.”

Bonus Excuse:

From Tim Whitacre, Orange County Republican activist . . “As a private individual, she is just real big on Birther stuff. One of her passions that drives her is the president’s lack of forthrightness about where he was born. Marilyn believes that nobody knows where he was born and so this picture says a thousand words . . She is known as a pleasant, loving person and it kills me that she is being attacked by this non-story knowing her mindset.”

Apology:

“We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was no meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.”

Reasons Not to Cry:

Michael J. Schroeder, former chairman of the California Republican Party . . “This is a three strikes situation for Marilyn Davenport,” Schroeder said. “She was a passionate defender of former Newport Beach city councilman Dick Nichols who stated that he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because, he said, there were already ‘too many Mexicans on the beach.’ She was also on the wrong side of the fence with the Los Alamitos mayor and his White House watermelon patch picture. Now, she has managed to top both of those incidents by comparing African Americans to monkeys. She has disgraced herself and needs to resign. If she doesn’t, the Republican Party must remove her.”

Fast Facts: Marilyn will be resigning her position, she just doesn’t know it yet. The story broke Friday, and it’s only Saturday.


h/t: R. Scott Moxley at OC Weekly.


ADD: Everybody’s hot to see a pic of Marilyn. I worked to dig a decent one up, but I couldn’t find it. You’ll have to live with this expanded image from her Facebook page:

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Furious Orange County bigots scream at the appearance of Muslims attending a charity event

I only got around to hearing about this today. It occurred at a February 13th Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Relief event in Yorba Linda, California, which is in Republican Orange County. Actually, it’s in Richard Nixon’s Republican Orange County, Dick having been born and raised on Yorba Linda Boulevard.

You’re not likely to see a more hideous display of blind, American bug-eyed hate for Muslims. But it’s an especially ugly clip for all the peaceful, well-dressed Americans attending a fundraiser to support “disaster response & relief, women’s housing, hunger prevention, medical services, family counseling, emergency financial support, and funeral and burial assistance.” See the Facebook page here.

Nonetheless, whatever the setting, the appearance of a group of Muslims was simply too much to bear for Yorba Linda bigots, Tea Party morons and shameless politicians. “BOO!” they shouted directly at virtually every person that showed up. Yes, boo at you, you unknown person who lives around the corner. They also routinely shouted “Go back home! Go back home!” And “USA! USA!” because it was, ostensibly, the Orange County Olympics of racism and bigotry.

But it got even better. “Go home you stupid terrorist!” they screamed. “You beat your women and rape your children!” they yelled. And more:

–”Mohammed was a child molester! Mohammed was a pervert! Mohammed was a pervert!”

–”You beat up your wife, too? Are you a molester? You are, aren’t you? Cuz’ you just sit there and you’re a coward! If there wasn’t a policeman standing right there, you would be . . something else!”

–”Why don’t you go beat up your wife like you do every night? (She probably needs a good beating!) Maybe you oughta go have sex with a nine year old! Marry her!”

–”Take your Shariah and go home! Eat sand!”

–”GO HOME! DAMMIT! YOU”RE NOT GONNA GET ANOTHER CHANCE!”


But then this, this was the topper. And it didn’t come from some anonymous, slobbering yahoo behind the barricades. This came courtesy Villa Park’s councilwoman Deborah Pauley, who set the tone for the evening when she said this:

“We’re in the heart of Conservative Yorba Linda. That’s no mistake that they come here on a peaceful Sunday evening to instigate trouble.”

And then off she went to her rabid Tea Party protest. Pointing at the ICNA attendees, Deborah warned . .

“Let me tell you, what’s going on over there right now? Make no bones about it, that is pure unadulterated evil.”

Oh, really? Yep, they oughta die:

“I have a wonderful 19 year old son who’s a United States Marine. As a matter of fact, I know quite a few Marines who’ll be very happy to help these terrorists to an early, uh, meeting in paradise.”

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Why is Rachel Marsden so bizarre? And illiterate?

Not that Marsden is any different now. Hadn’t really checked in on her for a while, but now I remember why: Rachel is one illiterate weirdo.

Here’s an anti-Proposition 19 (California marijuana legalization) piece she wrote just before the midterms. And, holy cow, why does she even bother? I only wish it were funnier, it’s mostly gibberish:

George Soros: Smoke a Bowl for California
Rachel Marsden | Human Events

The international financier who poured millions of dollars into unsuccessfully blocking George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, and who delayed the creation of the Euro eco-nomic zone in 1992 by exposing the British Pound Sterling as stuffing its bra, has now reportedly found a million dollars between his sofa cushions to support the Proposition 19 campaign to officially legalize marijuana via the November 2nd ballot.

So, of Soros: he opposed George W. Bush, he exposed the Pound as a flat-chested woman, he found a million dollars in his furniture and put it under Proposition 19:

George Soros apparently put the blood of virgins to fine embossed paper made of yak’s eyelids and exposed himself to The Wall Street Journal this week. To sum up his argument, “California’s a-broken. Time to get tokin’!”

He threw the blood of virgins on some paper, he ripped the eyelids from yaks, he took off his clothes in front of the Wall Street Journal, and then he argued “Let’s get stoned!” I’m feeling pretty stoned myself.

I live in California, so I can tell you that this post is a lot like watching a documentary film. Unfortunately, it’s a documentary on psychopathic autism called “Rachel Marsden.” Who reads this stuff? Who can read this stuff?

The new law would legalize pot smoking in designated areas and at home and would grant the freedom to grow a limited supply for one’s own use. Anyone who truly believes that that is where the legalization will end in practice has obviously never taken public transit or walked down a sidewalk.

Because if you had walked down a sidewalk, that that would make you truly believe people will grow an unlimited supply. If you’d taken public transit, that that would make you truly believe people will smoke it in undesignated areas or not at home. Didja get all that? Or a migraine?

Every day, as a non-smoker, I’m subjected to smokers of both legal and illegal substances lighting up in various banned locations. Why not just urinate on people in public, while you’re at it?

I assume Rachel is being facetious here. But just in case: let’s not urinate on each other in banned locations, k? Thx.

When Soros laments the violation of “rights and civil liberties,” economic principles dictate that he take the side of those who are imposing toxic fumes on the general population. He couldn’t care less about those who have to contend with the resulting toxicity. By this same argument, he should be backing gas-guzzling diesel trucks.

Or, better yet, diesel-guzzling diesel trucks. I have put gas in a diesel truck, and I can tell you the guzzling is short-lived. My job was nearly short-lived. My shirt was very, very short-lived. The useless gas/diesel mixture — now there’s something that will last forever. Let’s be backing the diesel/diesel thingie because explosively short life-spans can be a practical blessing.

Racial inequality, according to Soros, is also fostered by arrests for possession of pot because while blacks smoke it in equal proportion to whites, they’re caught more often. Presumably, Soros imagines that if pot only were legal, blacks would finally be arrested on a par with whites, ending such racial injustices once and for all.

YES RACHEL WE PREFER THAT BLACKS AND WHITES BE ARRESTED AT THE SAME RATE FOR THE SAME CRIME.

How bizarre a person do you have to be to poke fun at that? “Soros thinks that if he can just end this one racial injustice, then . . uh . . it will have ended.” Gee, Rachel, you’re so snit-fitty and wise.

People who try to stop these things, the rich ones with their stupid furniture cushions and journals fashioned from ruby-hammered yak hide, they’re all, like, “Dopedy-doopsey, look at me.” You tell ‘em, Rachel.


Add: I got tired of reading her gobbledy-goo, so I stopped. I missed this bit:

. . I grew up in Vancouver, BC, the world mecca for pothead snowboarders, activists, and academics. During one of the criminology classes I took at university, I even heard a pro-pot cop lecture on the benefits of pot and the evils of criminalization. (Incidentally, he is now dead from a massive abdominal tumor; coincidence?)


Niiiiice.

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ idiot Pat Sajak: maybe we should strip America of its democracy

This is an absolutely disastrous post. So shockingly stupid and un-American.

Pat Sajak? Yes, the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ airhead, Pat Sajak, he’s a Conservative. I’ve come across previous posts of his, like these scrapes of dung. It’s typical of him to chastise liberals as being arrogant, of baselessly accusing his people of being ‘dumb,’ and then go on to write about the ‘Voting Rights Act of 1964.’ Meaning either the Civil Rights Act, or 1965. Or oops.

Well he’s back, and you’re barely going to believe who’s sufficiently impressed of his intellect to host him: The National Review. Good lord, I’ve put my fingers in my ears for William F. Buckley spinning like a screaming, white-hot drill bit:

Public Employees and Elections: A Conflict of Interest?
October 13, 2010 1:03 P.M. | By Pat Sajak

None of my family and friends is allowed to appear on Wheel of Fortune. Same goes for my kids’ teachers or the guys who rotate my tires . . In nearly all private and public endeavors, there are occasions in which it’s only fair and correct that a person or group be barred from participating because that party could directly and unevenly benefit from decisions made and policies adopted. So should state workers be able to vote in state elections on matters that would benefit them directly?

Great. Googly. Moogly.

. . if, for example, a ballot initiative appears that might cap the benefits of a certain group of state workers, should those workers be able to vote on the matter? Plainly, their interests as direct recipients of the benefits are far greater than the interests of others whose taxes support such benefits.

Stripping people of their voting rights. Blocking Americans from voting. So a state construction worker can’t vote on an initiative to build a bridge, a highway or a school.

Wow — this ‘conflict of interest’ idea is what the National Review wants to kick around? Alright, comrades.

The value and the selling point of democracy is that you, finally, get to say what you want. And when enough people feel the same way, the state must meet your demands. You are supposed to be conflicted — you know what benefits you best, and so you vote accordingly.

This trumped any previous political system where, say, kings and queens decided what was best for you. They really only did what benefited them because they were selfish and conflicted. Or where the landed gentry, the rich, decided what was best for you but did what was best for them because they were selfish and conflicted.

Instead, democratic voting gave you the opportunity to be as selfishly involved in your own well-being as only the aristocrats and the rich had been before. It ain’t a system trafficking in blind equity, as a justice system should be, with judges recusing themselves to avoid making bad decisions. It’s a system trafficking in your wants and needs. And congratulations!

To see how patently anti-democratic Sajak’s gambit is, let’s extend his no-conflict idea. One of the great Conservative initiative victories of all time — maybe the greatest — was California’s Proposition 13 in 1978. It amended the state constitution to roll back and cap property taxes and to demand a 2/3 majority in the legislature to pass any new taxes. Prop. 13 won big: it dropped property taxes around the state, and it touched off a nationwide ‘taxpayer revolt’ that helped sweep Ronald Reagan into office.

But given Sajak’s worries over conflicts of interest, property owners should have been barred from voting on it. After all, they were just hungry to score a few hundred or thousand bucks out of the deal, which they did. Because they were selfishness dressed as politics, the great American tax rebellion and the drafting Reagan revolution should never have happened. Okay.

It gets even more ridiculous when you consider voting in your defense, which is in your self-interest in the extreme. The “You Mormons Will Build Us a Football Stadium” initiative of 2012? Mormons can’t vote on it. “Everybody Burn Your Money (Except Me)”, the curious proposition written by a foul-mouthed blogger? Only I get to vote on that one. I have my absentee ballot right here . . and . . look, you lost. But the burning’s all for the best, I think. We can both admit you wouldn’t have done it otherwise because you’re selfish, right?

This National Review thing is the most ragingly un-American stuff I’ve read in a month. Pat Sajak is one of our democracy’s most famous detractors.

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The trillionth gay Republican . .

For some audio, click in at 4:07.

Conservative California state senator comes out

California State Sen. Roy Ashburn, a conservative Republican with a solidly anti-gay voting record, came out as gay today on a Bakersfield radio station talk show. Ashburn’s sexual orientation had been the talk of Sacramento since the legislator was arrested for drunk driving after leaving a gay bar in the state capital last week.

“I am gay. Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long. It is something that is personal, and I don’t believe I felt with my heart that being gay would affect how I do my job,” Ashburn said.

Asked about his anti-gay voting record, Ashburn said, “I felt my duty, and I still feel this way, is to represent my constituents . .”

“I don’t know how else to ask this, but are you going to live this lifestyle now in the district?” Barks asked . .


Nice interview, great journalism. Straights are good to ‘live this lifestlye now in the district’, but for gays it’s an issue worthy of public scrutiny. Beautiful.

And neither of them understands the attention and scorn? When you appease people who fundamentally hate, deride and mistrust you, you’re a loser. When you go to terrible lengths to hide who you are in order to appease these nasty people, it’s even worse. When you actively promote their hate through legislation that will make your life (and the lives of other gays) worse so that you can continue to hide who you are in order to appease these nasty people, it’s really bad.

This ‘I just want to represent my constituents’ dodge is bullshit — who would run for office just to represent people that would ruin your life? These Republicans are insane.

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I’ll tell you this: We sure as hell don’t need more cowards, Dianne Feinstein

Feinstein: “slow down” on health reform; Mass election part of a “sweep across the country.”
January 20, 2010 1:18 PM

“. . . I can tell you the situation has changed dramatically. And I think it’s a sweep across the country and I think that the (White House Economic Adviser) Larry Summerses of the world have to see it, the administration has to see it and we have to see it. And therefore everything is jobs and the economy and education. People are worried about education,” she said.

dianne feinstein2“You see anger. People are worried. And when they’re worried they don’t want to take on a broad new responsibility,” like health care reform, she said . . .

“I think we do go slower in health care. People do not understand it, it is so big it is beyond their comprehension. And if you don’t understand it when somebody tells you it does this or it does that and it’s not true, you tend to believe it, even though it isn’t true . . .”


Good goddamn. It’s already passed, you moron. Feinstein is the sort of spineless oatmeal that the Democrats have served up for too long. She makes it impossible for Democrats to ever be anything but non-winners. Let’s do what the opposition wants, great idea. Matthew Yglesias:

Do House Democrats Realize They Already Voted for Health Care Reform?

What’s baffling to me about the collective health care freakout happening on the Hill right now is that House Democrats don’t quite seem to be grasping the implications of the fact that they already voted for health reform back in November . . .


Enough. Now, do whatever you have to do, get it done. It’s what’s best for the country, Diane. Last and not least, ever, Paul Krugman:

He Wasn’t The One We’ve Been Waiting For

. . . Maybe House Democrats can pull this out, even with a gaping hole in White House leadership. Barney Frank seems to have thought better of his initial defeatism. But I have to say, I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.

Yep.

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Former eBay CEO and billionaire Republican running for CA Gov, Meg Whitman, doesn’t vote

After having an actor-politician, a guy who merely looks the part, will California be interested in a politician who actually hates politics? From what I can tell, this business-woman first voted in a Presidential election last year. Maybe.

Whitman grapples with spotty voting record

At the unofficial kickoff Saturday of the 2010 Republican primary campaign for governor, former eBay CEO and political neophyte Meg Whitman struggled to explain her abysmal voting record.

A year ago, The Chronicle reported that Whitman, 53, had not registered as a Republican in California until 2007 and had a spotty voting history for several years in the state before that. Last week, a Sacramento Bee investigation found no evidence of Whitman’s voting before 2002 in several other states where she lived previously.

On Saturday at the state Republican Convention, Whitman – who has never held nor sought political office – did not dispute the report and offered her past response to questions about her voting: “There is no excuse for my voting record. I didn’t vote as often as I should.”

She repeated variations of that response as reporters continued to ask why she hadn’t voted for so many years – especially in light of passages in her speech to the convention.

“I care deeply about this state,” Whitman told the gathering of GOP activists, adding that among voters there is “a profound hunger for change, for leadership and for authenticity. Californians want to trust their leaders again.”

Finally, she simply refused to take further questions about her failure to vote: “That’s all we’re going to say about it,” she declared…

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