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January 20th, 2010

Nobody ever brings chewing gum to a Twins game. There just wouldn’t be enough for everybody; no Minnesotan wants to be the nasty person who has to say, ‘That’s all I had, sorry’. Much nicer to not bring gum in the first place, and sit there nicely, keeping to yourself.

I agree with Josh

See http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/01/whats_the_prez_made_of.php

I’m not sure how much polish is needed. I think today’s ordinary citizen would like straight talk with sincerity, and sincerity is best conveyed briefly and in plain words.

"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't serve both God and Mammon. Therefore, I tell you, don't be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothing? See the birds of the sky, that they don't sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you of much more value than they?

"Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan? Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin, yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won't he much more clothe you, you of little faith?

"Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient."

PM Carpenter points the way forward

See http://blog.buzzflash.com/carpenter/587

‘Populism’ is a euphemism for ‘rabble’ or ‘hoi polloi’. Well, there are targets of the rabble’s wrath that are deserving, and we are not on the verge of a boneheaded political revolution, so let’s go do it.

What I want to know

You have people like Anthony Weiner out there talking, from what I read, like healthcare reform is dead now. Okay, let me get this straight. You have 58 senators in the Democratic caucus. One more eventually is seated, and then – SURPRISE! – one crosses the aisle and you have 60. The 60-seat majority wasn’t something we expected. So, if healthcare reform is dead now, why were you bothering in the first place? Even worse, people like you, Weiner, were signing stupid threat letters designed to make healthcare reform harder to obtain (and encouraging the likes of Dennis Kucinich to refuse to eat their greens). Why did you drag this out with phony demands as part of a phony effort to phony provide healthcare reform?

Go vote for the freaking Senate bill that you’ve help stick us with by feigning fortitude and not just getting this matter out of the way so you could have attacked the next of the many problems the Bush years have left us.

The great orator?

Obama: I would advise that we try to move quickly to coalesce around those elements of the package that people agree on. We know that we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking advantage of people. We know that we have to have some form of cost containment because if we don't, then our budgets are going to blow up and we know that small businesses are going to need help so that they can provide health insurance to their families. Those are the core, some of the core elements of, to this bill.

Josh Marshall: I went to lunch about an hour and a half ago and came back to learn the president has decided to throw in the towel. I guess we have our answer.

Obama is many good things, but he is not yet what he will have to become.

Effects of Hopium

Endorphins are endogenous opioid polypeptide compounds. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during strenuous exercise, excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food and orgasm, and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being. Endorphins work as "natural pain relievers."

The term "endorphin" implies a pharmacological activity (analogous to the activity of the corticosteroid category of biochemicals) as opposed to a specific chemical formulation. It consists of two parts: endo- and -orphin; these are short forms of the words endogenous and morphine, intended to mean "a morphine-like substance originating from within the body."

The term endorphin rush has been adopted in popular speech to refer to feelings of exhilaration brought on by pain, danger, or other forms of stress, supposedly due to the influence of endorphins. When a nerve impulse reaches the spinal cord, endorphins are released which prevent nerve cells from releasing more pain signals. Immediately after injury, endorphins allow humans to feel a sense of power and control over themselves that allows them to persist with activity for an extended time.


( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endorphin )

One lousy, stinking roll call vote

I mean, duh: http://www.tnr.com/blog/the-treatment/breaking-hard-do

Just get this issue out of the way, like you should have done months ago.

Something I just realized

People voted for the guy who used Bill Clinton’s buzzwords, and then were surprised when he surrounded himself with Clintonians.

Bad news

Amazing: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/01/placing_a_call_part_ii.php

This is confirmation of a stereotype of the Left, and demonstrates why I am more afraid of the Left than the Right killing a serious attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. We can’t rely on each other.
As Adrian Monk’s obsessiveness helps him solve crimes, so does my obsessiveness keep me closely tuned to, well, the ways in which the human organism can operate at less than its full potential.

It is my obsession, or one of them. I think about it all day. I dislike going to sleep, because then I can’t think about it.

I think about other things, too. All day.

This is me under treatment. Not under treatment, I obsess about less useful things.

Here we go again

Anonymous Senate staffer: ‘The worst is that I can't help but feel like the main emotion people in the caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done.’

Randi Rhodes interviewed Anthony Weiner and he sounded pretty darn relieved to me. Oh, he said words about ‘getting things done’, but he sounded as if he was going to get a good night’s sleep tonight. He managed to lull Randi into complacency, too; she had been reading polling figures before that. Just like a Democrat.
And if they are going to act in an uncompromising way that keeps the pendulum swinging, why the hell not: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/01/a_nadler_constituent_like_us.php Maybe we can get some less ideological pure people in there, who actually like getting things done imperfectly, rather than getting them not done imperfectly.

I do think my contributions to the primary-out-the-right-wingers movement are over – mainly because its leaders also belong to the getting-nothing-done crowd, and second because I want people I can trust to act more than I want to make an ideological purge.

I’m sick of Democrats, the liberals especially, and not just the politicians, but also these feckless idealists who can’t adapt to a post-Bush environment.
See http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/01/calling_nadler.php

It appears my desire to be rid of Dennis Kucinich, hero of feckless and waffling liberals everywhere, was prescient. Unfortunately I doubt we can primary Kucinich out and replace him with an effective liberal, and so we are stuck with him. But maybe not everyone else.

My seance with Ted Kennedy

I just held a séance with Ted Kennedy, and he said we should scrap the healthcare bill, that he is sure the Democrats will pay no price if they start back at square one, and that his being replaced by a Republican is a just the rationalization needed to get out of voting for the Senate bill. Why, Ted himself was planning to vote against it, had he lived. So he told me, from the beyond.

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