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Wednesday’s Open Thread

Rachel Maddow says that Barack Obama is “undermining his own relevance and the relevance of the presidency itself” (!) … Get this: The Alaska Senate race may not be settled anytime soon, even though Joe Miller trails Murkowski by over 10,000 votes … Ah, we thought former Fla. Rep. Alan Grayson would disappear, but no such luck …

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Check out Rachel Maddow on fire over Obama’s cave to the Republicans. From MSNBC:

Rachel Maddow cautions that if President Obama continues to compromise on his own positions and alienate his base of support, he risks undermining his own relevance to the political process and the relevance of the presidency itself.

The look on Maddow’s face cracks me up!

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Maddow is a member of what the media call “Obama’s base.” She and her fellow hard-core lefties have an essential fact missing from their thinking: They assume that Obama actually meant what he said during his campaign.

They still don’t get it that he said what was needed to win, because that was all he cared about. Winning. They still think he has principles from which he has strayed. Nope. To stray from principles requires one to have principles in the first place. And that is not the case with Mr. Obama.

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Good lord. I’d almost forgotten about the Alaska senate race. Can you believe that this is, to the best of my knowledge, the only unresolved race left over from November? Roll Call has the latest news. Joe Miller is one very stubborn man, fighting on although he’s behind by more than 10,000 votes. From “Alaska Senate Race Still Rages In Court“:

The legitimacy of Alaska’s Senate election will go before a state court judge today, but even a quick decision will likely not end the legal battle over the state’s standard for counting write-in ballots or bring the Senate race to a conclusion.

The potential for a drawn-out legal process threatens Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s timely seating and has brought on calls from both parties for Republican nominee Joe Miller, who trails by more than 10,000 votes, to end his challenge.

The Alaska Republican Party, former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman (R) and Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) have called on Miller to concede, but he is moving forward with his lawsuit. Murkowski’s attorneys have argued that Alaska deserves “full representation” and that her seniority ranking would be erased if there is a gap in service.

Team Murkowski thinks the judge will rule in her favor so they won’t have to worry about that.

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Miller, fueled by the tea party to keep going, pushed back Monday against criticism that personal ambition is driving his extended pursuit, saying in a statement, “All we want is for all the votes to be counted in accordance with Alaska Statutes.”

The awkward situation has state Republicans helpless in their efforts to encourage Miller to exit the race so that Murkowski, a fellow Republican, can be seated by early January. Their fear is that the state will not be fully represented for important early votes in the next Congress, but Miller is not listening. …

Now this is NOT what one wants to read about a candidate:

“The people that are around him are the anti-party,” Alaska-based GOP consultant Art Hackney said. “In this insistence, now that he’s doing this for the law and not himself, I think he’s building a pretty deeply felt desire to see him out of politics forever.”

And that’s coming from a fellow Republican.

There’s a lot more detail in the full story: “Alaska Senate Race Still Rages In Court

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Alan Grayson refuses to go quietly into that bad night or wherever he came from. He even merits an article in Roll Call: “As Grayson Considers Political Future, He’s Keeping Tabs on Progressives“:

Defeated Rep. Alan Grayson is giving his supporters a way to continue promoting progressive values in Congress. The Florida Democrat is a favorite on the left for his outspoken views, and liberals have even been suggesting the frequent cable news guest should get his own show on MSNBC. [COUGH!] The Congressman’s spokesman told Roll Call that Grayson is still deciding whether he wants a future in politics, but indications are that he won’t be going away anytime soon.

The Grayson campaign sent an e-mail Tuesday morning encouraging his supporters to send their thoughts to Democratic Reps. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (Minn.), the new chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“I’d like you to get to know Reps. Ellison and Grijalva, and for them to get to know you,” Grayson wrote. “So I’ve set up a webpage — RIGHT HERE — where you can offer a comment, an idea, a suggestion, a hope, or a prayer to these two leaders.” The e-mail takes supporters to a Web spreadsheet where they can give “ideas and advice” to Ellison and Grijalva.

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Despite losing to Republican Daniel Webster on Nov. 2, Grayson has continued to appear on television and to speak about legislation passing through Congress during the lame duck such as tax cuts, unemployment insurance and the DREAM Act.

Well, I’ve been lucky. I haven’t caught Grayson once on television since his loss. I should buy a lottery ticket.

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    JUST FOR LAUGHS #2:

    “THE BOYZ ARE BACK IN TOWN – YOU DAWG”

    http://www.michellesmirror.com/2010/12/boyz-are-back-in-town-you-dawg.html#comments

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    JUST FOR LAUGHS #1

    The Pope visits Alaska to better understand Republicans and Democrats

    Posted by kevindujan01
    HILLBUZZ.ORG

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    Saturday, December 11, 2010Obama has left the building

    Remember when Newsweek speculated that maybe the president’s job was just too big for any one person? That Big Guy could use some assistance? Well, we took their critique of the job to heart, and have been searching for someone qualified to pinch hit for the Won.

    We needed someone capable of buttressing our historic, transformative leader. Someone with deft political skills as well as experience and maturity.  Someone with presidential ability, but no active presidential aspirations.

    Someone like Bill Clinton…hey, why not Bill?!?

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    ITALY GIVES ISLAM THE BOOT: WILL NOT RECOGNIZE IT AS LEGIT RELIGION

    Posted by ApolloSpeaks  
    Townhall.com
    December 07, 2010

    During a segment on O’Reilly several weeks ago I learned that the citizens of Murfreesboro, Tennessee who are waging a well publicized court battle with the state to stop contstruction of a local supremacist mega mosque similar to the one at Ground Zero are doing so on the seemly absurd grounds that “Islam is not a recognized religion covered by the First Amendment.” Opposing the suit were Federal attorneys who offered legal proof in court that Murfreesboro was completely wrong and that Islam was indeed “a recognized religion entitled to constitutional protection” and that the charge that it wasn’t “isn’t supported by any authority whatsoever.”  
     
    True enough. Despite the derogatory opinion held about Islam by Franklin, Jefferson, Adams and other freedom loving Founders (Islamophobes by today’s PC standards, see) there are no recognized authorities in this country past or present who have challenged or denied Islam’s status as a legitmate religion and way of worshiping God. But outside this country such an authority has emerged.   
     
    Indeed, agreeing with the “ridiculous” anti-mosque opponents of Murfreesboro is the government of democratic Italy.  For the “religion of peace, justice and love” is not regarded as such by Italy’s coalition of center-left/center-right ruling politicians.

    READ THE REST:
    http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/default.aspx

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    ITALY GIVES ISLAM THE BOOT: WILL NOT RECOGNIZE IT AS LEGIT RELIGION Posted by ApolloSpeaks  December 07, 2010 During a segment on O’Reilly several weeks ago I learned that the citizens of Murfreesboro, Tennessee who are waging a well publicized court battle with the state to stop contstruction of a local supremacist mega mosque similar to the one at Ground Zero are doing so on the seemly absurd grounds that “Islam is not a recognized religion covered by the First Amendment.” Opposing the suit were Federal attorneys who offered legal proof in court that Murfreesboro was completely wrong and that Islam was indeed “a recognized religion entitled to constitutional protection” and that the charge that it wasn’t “isn’t supported by any authority whatsoever.”

    True enough. Despite the derogatory opinion held about Islam by Franklin, Jefferson, Adams and other freedom loving Founders (Islamophobes by today’s PC standards, see) there are no recognized authorities in this country past or present who have challenged or denied Islam’s status as a legitmate religion and way of worshiping God. But outside this country such an authority has emerged. 

    Indeed, agreeing with the “ridiculous” anti-mosque opponents of Murfreesboro is the government of democratic Italy.  For the “religion of peace, justice and love” is not regarded as such by Italy’s coalition of center-left/center-right ruling politicians.

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    ITALY GIVES ISLAM THE BOOT: WILL NOT RECOGNIZE IT AS LEGIT RELIGION Posted by ApolloSpeaks  December 07, 2010 During a segment on O’Reilly several weeks ago I learned that the citizens of Murfreesboro, Tennessee who are waging a well publicized court battle with the state to stop contstruction of a local supremacist mega mosque similar to the one at Ground Zero are doing so on the seemly absurd grounds that “Islam is not a recognized religion covered by the First Amendment.” Opposing the suit were Federal attorneys who offered legal proof in court that Murfreesboro was completely wrong and that Islam was indeed “a recognized religion entitled to constitutional protection” and that the charge that it wasn’t “isn’t supported by any authority whatsoever.”

    True enough. Despite the derogatory opinion held about Islam by Franklin, Jefferson, Adams and other freedom loving Founders (Islamophobes by today’s PC standards, see) there are no recognized authorities in this country past or present who have challenged or denied Islam’s status as a legitmate religion and way of worshiping God. But outside this country such an authority has emerged. 

    Indeed, agreeing with the “ridiculous” anti-mosque opponents of Murfreesboro is the government of democratic Italy.  For the “religion of peace, justice and love” is not regarded as such by Italy’s coalition of center-left/center-right ruling politicians.

  • FLDemFem

    Our night temps are in the 20′s and low 30′s and have  been since the cold snap started. We have another couple of weeks of freezing nights ahead of us according to the weather forecast. The horses are in at night for the duration, tucked up with alfalfa hay to keep them warm. The barn cats are either piled into a pyramid on the porch chair or tucked in under the black plastic that is covering the well and the light bulb that is keeping the well from freezing up. We have even had ice on the road, in puddles that didn’t drain. Totally freaks out my neighbors who were born and raised here…doesn’t bother me much, I moved here from PA and am used to ice and snow in winter. No snow here yet, though, just some ice until the sun comes up and melts it. One nice thing about the daily frosts, no more bugs. They all froze to death. Love having fly free time!

  • Geoff C.

    You can dress her up but you can’t take her out . She should have said excuse me while I take off my glove, and then carried on with reading. No class again.

  • Geoff C.

    He can stick his pluralism right up his islamism.

  • Geoff C.

    another all hat and no cattle guy, trying to strattle the fence.

  • Justine

    Poor Sarah just can’t win:  if she’d not shot the caribou, people would say she’s a quitter; since she did, they say she’s heartless.  Poor girl just cannot be left alone!
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  • TeakWoodKite

    Major Major?

    $39.5 billion ? I think that is a conservative estimate because it creates more stress on the bonds that state and local municipalities are using.

    Good article.

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    misstickly Says:
    December 9, 2010

    For those interested in the ongoing COLB ‘seal’ story….
    MORE incredible discoveries:

    My last two posts point directly to Factcheck.org’s activity in actively covering this up AND also Congressional complicity based on a direct quote made by Arlen Specter.

    http://obamasgarden.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/factcheck-org-a-request-for-a-retraction/

    http://obamasgarden.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/what-did-congress-know-when-did-they-know-it/

    Enjoy! And please help me start demanding answers!

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    patti Says:

    December 9, 2010

    Barbara Walters is EVERYWHERE saying
    Sarah is ‘uninformed’ and her being
    President is ‘scary’…

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2010/12/09/barbara-walters-slams-uninformed-sarah-palin-many-find-idea-you-pres

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    FROM HILLBUZZ:

    ahorsenamedbo Says:
    December 9, 2010

    A conservative group is going to counter protest – I think from what I’ve read and quote below that they are going to try and prevent a disruption of the services:

    http://randysright.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/action-alert-westboro-baptist-church-plans-to-protest-elizabeth-edwards-funeral-randys-right-patriot-guard-triangle-conservatives-unite-will-counter/

    “We will not stand by and allow these monsters to disrespect Ms Edwards life or her family. Randy’s Right, Patriot Gaud, NC freedom and Triangle Conservatives Unite will be there in numbers with American Flags for only one purpose. To prevent Westboro Baptist Church radicals from disrupting funeral services or harassing the Edwards family. This is the first protest the radical Westboro Baptist Church has done in North Carolina. We must make sure that these folks are aware they are not welcome in our state.

    It is sad we have to do this during a funeral, but for evil to reign is when good women and men remain silent.

    Please only bring American flags. Our groups will remain silent and please no shouting, even if provoked by the members of Westboro Baptist Church.

    Randy’s Right aka
    Randy Dye”

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    lisette05 Says:
    December 9, 2010

    Obamacare has stopped discount drugs to childrens’ hospitals:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/12/09/obamacare-kills-discount-drug-deals-to-childrens-hospitals/

    I’m trying to keep calm, but this is appalling.

    The worst bit is that they’re claiming that it was a mistake in drafting the law. You know something is bad (and the people involved know it) when they’d rather you thought they were incompetent idiots than doing something deliberately.

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    llauren11 Says:
    December 9, 2010

    insightful article about sarah in the new Time..and do check out the beautiful pics of her wardrobe..hope this link works.

    http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1853356_1785315,00.html

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    patti Says:
    December 9, 2010

    What enemies of America will dangle on
    Obama’s Christmas tree this year?

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/12/what_exciting_enemies_of_ameri

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    Carolyn Says:
    December 9, 2010

    “Uncoverage” website has this article on “Pigford”. Yes, it’s certainly getting interesting, to say the least.

    http://tinyurl.com/2dfss9c

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    FROM HILLBUZZ:

    lisette05 Says:
    December 9, 2010 
     
    Obama is planning to raid Social Security – by forcing it to run at a deficit and then taking it over.

    http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2010/12/obama-opens-door-to-raid-social.html

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    LilyBart has commented

    Photographic evidence of the glove manuver – classy!  
     
    http://www.daylife.com/photo/09cVal6b6Y4SJ?q=michelle+obama