January 2011

Post-SOTU Thoughts

Like always we had our beer bash after-party for the State of the Union address on Tuesday, but this time around I just wasn't into it. I dunno, I just wasn't in the mood for a rager. This time around, my own words got to me. We've got a lot of work to do and I'm not exactly brimming with confidence that we're going to be able to do it. I mean, the GOP takes the House and what's the first thing they do? They band together to draft a bill to repeal the health care reforms even though it was obvious to anyone who has even the most basic understanding of Congressional law that the gesture was a wholly symbolic waste of time. Someone ought to put together a website that calculates just how much it costs to draft a bill so the taxpayers know how much of their money is being thrown away on frivolities like DOA protest legislation. And all of this is hanging over my head as I'm talking at these people about energy and infrastructure overhaul. Yeah, this year doesn't look so hot.

Doom-And-Gloom Response, and Response

It truly will be a great day when Republicans decide to switch from their scare tactics and fear mongering to something positive or of something worthwhile.  The difference from Democrats was showcased yet again yesterday with the responses from President Obama's State of the Union Address.  The President's message was uplifting, showed a desire of cooperation, and showed hope to resolve our nation's problems.  Obviously one has to be a realist, and these are hard times, but one has to admire him looking at the glass as half-full. 

Mr Obama on the SOTU -- "Good, Reelect Me."

President Obama, Tuesday night, delivered a nice, up beat State of the Union Speech with all the stuff he thinks America wants to hear. The speech as Chris Matthews said was (President Kennedy) JFK-like in style, in so many words, called on Americans reach challenges and to do better for America.

Mr. Obama said in so many words, that America must be prepared for the future. He stressed global competitiveness, proposed increased investments in education, high-speed rails, clean-energy technology. Remembering that Mr. Kennedy reduced the corporate tax rate, Mr. Obama proposed rewriting the tax law to lower the corporate-tax rate.

Obama's State of the Union: Pass the Free Trade Agreement with Korea

As one of his first points in his State of the Union Address, Obama mentioned the South Korean Free Trade Agreement, which still needs to be approved by Congress. The Korean agreement was first initiated under the Bush administration and I am leery about how well we will fare versus the Koreans if the Agreement is ratified by congress.


Cenk's Gig on MNBC

The unfortunate exit of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC has made an opening for Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. Cenk has pinch hitted for vacationing or absent MSNBC on-air people and have made weekly appearances on the Dylan Ratigan Show.

During his MSNBC guest hosting appearances, Cenk wore ties and spoke at a lower octave. On Mr Ratigan's show, the weekly rant feature with Cenk, Cent was his regular young Turk self.

The Deadly Moscow Airport Bombing

Yesterday, Monday, there was an explosion at Moscow's Domodedove Airport, a terrorist attack, a suspected double suicide bombing, and reportedly at least thirty five persons were killed. This event got major coverage around the world, rightly so.Terrorism is the spawn of an inexcusable rotten madness. Causing the deliberate death of innocents is a damnable deed. The doers of such deeds have a contempt for civilization and deserve civilization's contempt.

Fair Trial for An Alleged Killer

Last night PBS News Hour discussed the topic, "Fair Trial for Loughner Poses Big Challenge for Prosecutors.'

On January 8th, in Tucson, at an event, which is now known as the Tucson Massacre, Jared Loughner shot, allegedly, twenty Americans and killed six. Mr. Loughner was caught at the scene of the crime by witnesses and victims. He was caught on camera shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head, in an attempt to assassinate her, and then firing on the crowd that had come to her open-air style town meeting. And now, because of all the publicity, and because of the outrage, the question has been raised, as to whether or not Mr. Loughner can get a fair trial.

Rahm Emanuel Booted


Yesterday, Monday, Rahm Emanuel; who wants to be the mayor of Chicago, got booted from the ballot by two members of a three member state court of appeals who ruled --"We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code's requirement that he have 'resided' in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement."

Glenn Beck's Jewish Problem?

Last night, The Young Turks examined the question of whether or not Glenn Beck has a Jewish problem, or whether Mr. Beck just has a problem with George Soros, the Hungarian-American financier, businessman and philanthropist, who is Jewish and who supports liberal ideals and causes and politicians, and whether its is just Mr. Beck's angry rhetoric that drive him to make remarks and to make use of words and symbols, which draw objective observers to conclude that Mr Beck's attacks on Mr. Soros could have an underlying stench of anti-Semitism.

Beck accuses an intelligent minority of secretly operating a conspiracy, to try to control, to herd the majority. The members of this cabal, according to Mr. Beck, are all Jewish with the exception of the head of the AFL-CIO. See the video.

Keith Olbermann's Show Ends

Tonight's was the last Countdown with Keith Olbermann show. An announcement appeared on the Web that Keith Olbermann and MSNBC; have ended their contract. Within minutes of that news release, Mr. Olbermann began tonight's telecast with an emotional farewell. See the video.

The sudden shutdown of Mr. Olbermann's show and Mr. Olbermann's departure from television have sent waves of regret and a sense of loss through the liberal and progressive community. Whether Mr. Olberman received the boot or whether he left in a huff, may have a measurable the effect on MSNBC.

Tony Blair Says He Regrets The Deaths In Iraq

That lord of liars, Mr. Blair

Britain's Former Prime Minister and one of the biggest liars of modern times, Tony Blair, made a second appearance before the Chilcot inquiry, a British government panel holding a public investigation into the origins of Iraq war. Mr. Blair said that he has regrets for the dead, but no regrets for his part in starting the war Nor did he face the facts that the war was sold to the people of his country on a lie.

Mafia Crackdown -- Kudos to Mr. Holder, the FBI , the DOJ

Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice, the FBI, Kudos

Well, the American people are witnessing on television a real live episode? of the Sopranos? Let's hope this won't be another Sopranos dance.

The FBI, other federal agencies and local law enforcement have busted more than one hundred and twenty alleged mafia leaders, captains, soldiers, thugs, murderers, drug dealers, extortionists, thieves, bribers, corrupters, shake down artists, leeches.

America has and has long had the technology to catch these alleged criminal thugs on camera, doing their wicked dirty, and should have long ago shut down the mafia and other mafia-type criminal gangs, who add nothing to America but misery.

Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?

Historically speaking white male voters have been the bread and butter of the whole voting system. They were the ones who were the ones choosing and running the government - for hundreds, if not thousands, of years in most civilized western countries. Once the race issue got a little more lax, then it was just male voters. Obviously this is not how things are run anymore and it always fascinates me to read articles like The Vanishing Male Voter from Newsweek. I wonder what is happening to all the guys out there who have or are giving up their rights to vote.

Hu Jintao Likes To Brag

All heads of state like to brag about themselves and about their countries, especially to other heads of state. It's not that we're all self-involved, immature and insensitive, it's just that it becomes a sort of compulsive thing once you take office. I said I wasn't going to do it myself but the very first time I met with another world leader it was like my instincts went into overdrive. I couldn't help but tout some new military vehicle I had honestly only heard about the day before. That didn't matter, though. As far as I was concerned in that moment, the vehicle was a symbol of American military prowess and a sign of the forward-thinking ingenuity my tenure in office would embody. God, I felt like an ass afterward. The damn thing was just an armored meal truck that kept hot foods hot and cold foods cold while being 5% more fuel efficient than the previous model of meal truck. That's not what Sarkozy heard, though. Hu Jiantao of China is the worst about that kind of stuff. Guy shoots his mouth off with almost no prompting at all. This week has been hell as a result.

Rep. Steve Cohen Called Out the GOP

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee did a little plain honest speaking on the floor of the House, when he compared the Republican claims regarding the Health Reform Law to the kind of lies that Nazi Propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels used, that resulted in the evil of the Holocaust. Mr. Cohen didn't call Republicans nazis. Republicans are not nazis. He said the GOP propaganda machine was spinning out lies in the same way that the nazi machine did, by twisting and distorting non-facts, transforming them into big lies.

A Great Birthday

Wednesday, January 19th
3:00 pm

Dear Diary,

My birthday brought all of my favorite people together. It is so strange to me that I am almost 47 - I don't feel (or look) a day over 30. It was great to be able to celebrate my birthday on one of our nations most important National Holidays - Martin Luther King Day. I wonder what these next few years will bring. I am truly blessed.

I wish I had more time to write but this country will not run itself!

Thanks for listening,


Meeting the Chinese Vice President

Wednesday, January 19th

Dear Diary,

I am so excited that I will have the opportunity to meet the Vice President of China. I hope me and Hu Jintao can be friends. This is the guy who will one day - around 2012 - be the President of the whole country. Oh man, it would be great to find someone who is just like me - professionally, anyway. I wonder what this meeting will bring. I am hoping that with our friendship we can create a coalition to prevent Global Warming, but, we will see.

Until next time,

Joe, the most powerful person in the world next to Obama.