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Oprah: I KNEW it!

January 26, 2009 | 2008 campaign,Barack Obama,D.C.,Ethics,Fundraising,Politics,Television

OK. She wasn’t technically on Obama’s short list, but she apparently was on Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s short list. And that’s the next best thing to being there.

Taking his defense to the airwaves rather than his impeachment trial, Gov. Rod Blagojevich lashed out at his accusers Monday and revealed he had considered naming Oprah Winfrey to the Senate.

Posted by Becky @ 11:27 am | Comments  

Come and whisper in my ear, give us dirty laundry

January 22, 2009 | Ethics,Journalism,MSM,Politics

A person close to Kennedy denied her “personal reasons” were concerns about the health of her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, who is suffering from a cancerous brain tumor discovered last summer. The person wasn’t authorized to disclose the conversation between Kennedy and the governor and spoke on condition of anonymity.

So, umm, a person close to Becky at Deep Muck Big Rake wonders why the heck this got published. Someone at AP afraid of a little Gawker?

Posted by Becky @ 10:42 pm | Comments  

It’s like hurricane season, only colder

January 12, 2009 | Barack Obama,Iowa,Politics,Weather,Winter

Much colder.

We’re at the beginning of the second (or is it the third?) blizzard of the season. I’d post a picture, but, well … got a printer? Got paper in the printer? Pull out a piece of that paper and hold it in front of your face. That’s what it looks like out there right now.

The kids spent two hours at school this morning before it got canceled. Then I got stuck at the end of the driveway on my way to pick them up.


Don’t worry. I’m not wishing us back to hurricanes. I’ll never forget having two babies in bouncy seats. Under the kitchen table. In the dark. For at least three storms that took out a couple of trees.

Guess we’re just wacky weather magnets no matter where we live.

We will be layering in the coming week. You know it will be cold when they actually use the word “bitter” in the forecast. That’s just a nice way to not use lots and lots of cuss words. And the folks up here are nothing if not nice.

I better hurry up and call President-elect Barack Obama’s Blackberry (while he still has it) and see if he can add “making winter more pleasant” to his agenda.

Posted by Becky @ 5:12 pm | 2 Comments  

Why do I sense Oprah is on Obama’s short list?

January 6, 2009 | 2008 campaign,2009,Barack Obama,Politics

Because — as Eric Deggans reportedSanjay Gupta is apparently being considered for Surgeon General. You know. Of the United States.

And Leon Panetta? Really?

Posted by Becky @ 9:24 pm | 3 Comments  

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

January 4, 2009 | Barack Obama,Ethics,Fundraising,Politics,U.S. government

Does twice make a trend?

Gov. Bill Richardson withdraws from commerce secretary nomination … blah, blah, blah … pay-to-play.

Posted by Becky @ 4:44 pm | Comments  

Never the twain shall meet?

December 22, 2008 | Books,Politics

I just finished reading Patriotic Grace by Peggy Noonan.

Who knew I’d find similar quotes, opinions and themes to what Studs Terkel wrote in his memoir?

Noonan: Part of what I’m saying has been said, better, by Bruce Cole, the head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in a speech at New York University in the summer of 2002. He warned of “American amnesia,” noted a study of students at 55 elite universities that found over a third couldn’t identify the U.S. Constitution as establishing the division of powers in our government; 40 percent couldn’t place the American Civil War in the correct half century; and two-thirds didn’t know what the word “Reconstruction” referred to. “Citizens kept ignorant of their history are robbed of the richness of their heritage. . . . A nation that does not know why it exists, or what it stands for, cannot be expected to long endure. . . . We cannot expect that a nation which has lost its memory will keep its vision.”

Terkel: Memory. How can we have memory if we don’t have any knowledge? If we have no history, no memory of what happened yesterday, let alone what happened fifty years ago? . . . What happens to all Alzheimer’s sufferers is tragic. What I’m talking about is what I call a national Alzheimer’s — a whole country has lost its memory. When there’s no yesterday, a national memory becomes more and more removed from what it once was, and forgets what it once wanted to be. We’re sinking under our national Alzheimer’s disease. With Alzheimer’s you forget what you did yesterday. With Alzheimer’s finally, you forget not only what you did, but also who you are. In many respects, we have forgotten who we are.

Posted by Becky @ 5:35 pm | 1 Comment  

That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me

December 17, 2008 | George Bush,Iraq,Media,Politics,SNL,Television,U.S. government

That’s what President George W. Bush said after ducking shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi journalist.

See? Everyone’s a comedian. Maybe he’s lobbying for Amy Pohler’s old job on Saturday Night Live.

Posted by Becky @ 9:49 am | 1 Comment  

Dude, where’s my $700 billion?

Banks,Economics,Ethics,Leslie Bennetts,Movies,No clothes!,Politics,SLBTM,U.S. government

Headline of the day. But, then, I’m partial to the whole Dude headline theme. Maybe I should see the movie, eh?

Posted by Becky @ 9:12 am | Comments  

Gandy, Smeal: Maloney should replace Clinton

December 4, 2008 | 2008 campaign,Barack Obama,Colbert Report,Hillary Clinton,Politics

The National Organization for Women sent a press release today, announcing that the NOW Political Action Committee and the Feminist Majority PAC endorsed Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., to replace Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., in the Senate if Clinton’s nomination for U.S. Secretary of State goes through.

The press release quoted Kim Gandy, NOW president, and Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority president.

Hmm. I wonder why they didn’t announce it on Comedy Central.

Posted by Becky @ 6:45 pm | Comments  

Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull.

December 2, 2008 | Campbell Brown,Family,Journalism,Media,MSM,Politics,Television

I’ve seen Campbell Brown on television for years. I watched her (on and off) do election coverage during the campaign, and I saw her “free Sarah Palin” opinion piece.

Then I caught one of her first No Bias. No Bull. shows, where she said she planned to hold President-elect Barack Obama accountable for all the promises he made during the campaign. I thought, yeah, OK, we’ll see. Then I never watched again. Oh, I planned to watch and even programmed the show into my DVR. But I never got around to watching.

Then I caught about three minutes of tonight’s show, where she takes on Gov. Edward G. Rendell, D-Pa., for perpetuating stereotypes about women. He said that Gov. Janet Napolitano, D-Ariz., would be perfect for the job of Secretary of Homeland Security (she’s Obama’s nominee for the job) because she “has no life” and “has no family.”

Hmm. I might have to check out the ones left on my machine.

Posted by Becky @ 11:28 pm | 3 Comments  

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