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  1. New results;

    Begich, Mark (DEM) 146286 47.56%

    Stevens, (Ted Felon) 143912 46.79%

    Begich is leading by enough now that a recount isn't even mandated, so Sen Felon would have to pay for it, like he actually pays for anything.

  2. THANKS FOR ASKING - we are fine and have not been affected by the California wildfires, except with great sadness. We smelled smoke all weekend, our cars were covered with ashes, and the kids had their P.E. classes cancelled.

    Please donate to the Red Cross -- and any amount would be helpful.

    It's good to donate a monthly amount to the Red Cross as well as to your local Food Bank, Union Rescue Mission and several other children's charities (for homeless and abandoned children — or whatever is dear to your heart.

    More people will be homeless this holiday season than ever before. We are so grateful for the blessings we do have.


    Dick Cheney: INDICTED

    Alberto Gonzales: INDICTED

  4. The Associated Press is reporting that Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales have both been indicted by a Texas Grand Jury on charges over their involvement in using prisons in Texas to house and abuse terror suspects.

  5. Cheney, Gonzales indicted in South Texas county

    By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer Christopher Sherman, Associated Press Writer – Tue Nov 18, 10:18 pm ET

    McALLEN, Texas – Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county

  6. Lydia::
    good to know you are okay...came over to check on you....was worried...take care...and come visit when you can....

    last night....Stevens lost his seat ;-)

    58 and counting ;-)

    ( and the story about Gonzo and Dick indicted in a small texas county- all true...really)

  7. BTW about Palin thank you for writing about her hatemongering...( I think she found her niche and we saw WHO and What she really is....I think that her 15 minutes of fame will end at about the same time as Joe the Plumber...)
    BTW about the Red Cross - I always encourage people to write on the Checks- CALI Disaster...just to be sure that it comes your way....( otherwise they can put it to another state


  8. oooops I just realized you had a direct link to LA Red Cross...sorry...

    ( that is even better..)

  9. Cheney and Gonzales.

    They'll make a fine couple.

  10. One down two to go;

    Stevens concedes in Senate race

    Ted Stevens, longest serving Republican senator, concedes defeat in re-election bid .....

  11. Please read my update and new headline.
    I love Hillary for Secretary of State.

    I hope she hurries and accepts.

  12. I think Hill will do all right as a SoS. She won't be the best one we've ever had, but she damn sure won't be the worst one either; we've got that one RIGHT NOW.

  13. It's time for me to follow Obama's winning success. To get out of my comfort zone and diversify (for me, posting out of my habitual blogs and forums), unlike what McCain and the Republicans failed to do and suffer miserably.

    Yeah, Hillary isn't going to be the perfect Sec. of State and solve anywhere near all of the countries and world's problems.

    But she's better than average at the least, and will make a great SoS at best.

  14. Lydia said...

    I sense that Hillary and Barack would be amazing together on the world stage

    She will be good if she follows instructions and doesn't try and steal his limelight.

    She is a good diplomat and a lot of doors will be open to her due to her husbands international popularity.

    But please, say it right.

    Its not "Hillary and Barack".

    Its PRESIDENT Obama, (or President elect if you like) and Hillary.

    He is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and he takes second place to no one.

    Especially a vanquished opponent who he now graciously is extending a hand of fellowship to.

  15. Joe the Plumber, who is not a licensed Plumber and who is currently unemployed, and who condemned welfare and Social Security only to reveal that he himself has been on welfare several times, is writing a book.

    That will be written in two weeks.

    And its called "Joe the Plumber, Fighting for the American Dream".


    This book ought to be a doozy, considering its about hard work and "bootstrap" ethics, being written by a guy who neither works hard nor pulls himself up by his bootstraps.

    Anyway I found this comment in ThinkProgress, and thought it was so good I am reposting it here for everyone.

    It's by a blogger named Fred, and its the best comment I've read on the issue of Joe the Plumber (and liberal bashing in general).

    Following is the comment.


    Fred Says:

    Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.

    All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.

    He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

    In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

    Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

    He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

    Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.

    If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

    It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

    Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.

    Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.

    He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans.

    The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification.

    He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.

    Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”

    November 20th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

  17. Watch out Rush, Ayman al-Zawahri is after your job.

    by Clif

    Damn now I have seen everything,

    al Qaeda’s #2 is channeling the KKK or somebody,

    “Al-Zawahri says in an audio message, which appeared on militant Web sites Wednesday,

    He calls Obama a “house negro.”

    It’s sort of like when Rush the fat drug addict played “Barack The Magic Negro” on His Show ….

    Or when Sean Hannity had the anti-Semitic loon Andy Martin on his show to spread more distortions of Barack Obama’s message ……

    Tom Delay tried to claim Barack was a marxist or socialist at best …..

    Of course Anthrax Coulter had to go all Godwin on us;

    “With one association after another, that is beyond the pale with Barack Obama, I feel like we are talking to the Germans after Hitler comes to power, saying ‘Oh, well, I didn’t know. I had no idea he was gonna be like this.’ With this guy, Americans ought to know.” …..

    Of course there is Joe Lieberman, he tried to make us afraid of Barack, but it did not work on us,

    al Zawarhi that is a different matter it seems, he seems to fear Obama.

    Who can forget Joe the plumber, we aren’t really sure what he was after … but fame, and making sure he could spread right wing dis-info about Barack.

    Or right wing idiots like Mike Gallagher falsely claiming; “that the Obamas don’t believe in giving their children Christmas presents or birthday gifts.”

    Jonah Goldberg (the clown who can’t tell the philosophical difference between fascism and liberalism) falsely claimed “cannot credibly talk of love of country while simultaneously dodging the word and concept of patriotism.”

    At least in a New York Times Op-ed, columnist Bill Kristol provided evidence that he suffers from Obama Derangement Syndrome … (The symptoms of this syndrome include a pathological hatred of Barack Obama and a willingness to believe any and every lie about him that makes its way into the blogosphere.) … which lead to many many mistakes in his factually challenged word salads.

    Or when the right wing Wurlitzer claimed he was a secret Muslim, (So secret he attends a Christian church for 20 years) talk about deep cover ……

    Or paled around with terrorists …

    Man that must have hurt Ayman al-Zawahri’ s feelings because he wasn’t one of Barack’s supposed terrorists friends.

    Maybe that is why Zawahri is lashing out at Obama even before he assumes the mantle of leader of the free world.

    I guess it is the enemy of my enemy thingie.

    Rush, Delay, Kristol, Libermann, Coulter, Hannity, Martin, Goldberg, Palin, Gallagher, Joe the plumber, … hmm, al Zawarhi sure picks some strange people to ally himself with.

  18. I'm posting an amazing essay by Garrison Kellior which echos my sentiments exactly.

    I think Obama is so dignified, so gracious, such a gentleman. He is a combination of Gregory Peck and Jimmy Stewart.

    So many things have changed already. I now feel we can show our children the world and soak up other cultures without having eggs thrown at us.

    We are no longer "The Ugly American" under a cloud of suspicion.

  19. New blog thread up: Palin's Orwellian Double-Speak: Pardon the Turkey, Kill the Turkey

  20. Please leave comments on new thread.

    And Mike -- I know you don't like my glee over HIllary Clinton for Sec'y of State.


  21. Lydia Cornell said...
    Please leave comments on new thread.

    And Mike -- I know you don't like my glee over HIllary Clinton for Sec'y of State.


    Nothing to be sorry about, i've just been real busy lately...............for the record I like Obama's picks, I think he's surrounding himself with smart people just like he said he would.

    For the record I dont hate Hillary........any contempt or disgust I exhibitted towards hillary was based strictly on her actions and behavior during the primaries........she ACTED like Karl Rove therefore I treated her like Karl Rove...............I TRY to focus on peoples actions and behavior and thus hate the behavior rather than the person.

    Personally I have no problem with Hillary as Sec of state or Gates staying on as Sec of Def...............I think they both have the potential to to a great job and clean up Bush and his Neo Con cronnies foreign policy disasters.

    But at this point I seriously think Secs of Treasury, Health, and energy will play the BIGGEST roles to define Obama's Administration and legacy...............I think renewable energy/public transportation as well as Green job creation and National Health Care will be the legacy Obama rams through and I think he will hit the ground running fast, almost immediately.

    Honestly I think Hillary is sucking up the media attention and dominating the News cycle at Obama's behest to help camaflage Obama's true agenda that he intends to implement quickly.