todaze Lympians are in a fine mess

A month after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed it into law, Washington’s state budget is in trouble without an expected lifeline from the nation’s capital.
The Obama administration’s stimulus act helped states by increasing matching funds for Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor. Now states want a six-month, $23 billion extension, but they’re running into roadblocks in Congress.
Washington is seeking about $480 million. State lawmakers and Gregoire counted on the money when they wrote the state budget. Not getting it would wipe out the $450 million in reserves they planned as a cushion, leaving the state vulnerable if tax revenues don’t pan out exactly as predicted.
More cuts would be required to balance the budget, before even dealing with next year’s predicted shortfall.
“I don’t think there’s any state service that’s not in danger if members of Congress don’t do the right thing here,” said David Rolf, a vice president of Service Employees International Union.

Those include health care and social services, which have already seen deep cuts, said Rolf, president of an SEIU local that represents nursing home and home care workers, Healthcare 775 Northwest.

Gregoire met Wednesday with supporters of the Medicaid extension, including SEIU president Mary Kay Henry, in Washington, D.C., part of lobbying efforts by governors.

The House stripped the Medicaid extension from legislation it passed last week that Democrats call a jobs bill. Among other things, it would extend unemployment benefits. But the original bill was largely not paid for......

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/03 at 02:11 PM •
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can’t he just finish his agenda??????????????

Two days of media events…
Three days of fundraising…
Four commemorations…
Six days of vacation…
Six days of campaigning…
Six sports events ...
Seven days of golf…

a Paul McCartney concert party at the White House…
Obama’s agenda bogged down by spill having to be the President of the United States

Heading into midterm elections that threaten his party’s control of Congress, President Obama is struggling with an unending environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico that makes it almost impossible to stick with his agenda.

This was supposed to be the season when Obama could make jobs and the economy his central focus—working to convince a skeptical public that he and his allies in Congress are addressing what polls show to be voters’ No. 1 concern.

But the gulf oil spill has intruded on the administration’s plans....

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/03 at 01:31 PM •
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today’s straight-guy haute couture

Doug, the easily entertained Porch Minkee™, sez:


I know what I’d like to see added to the Kispette™ dress code.
(Ignore my shirt — it was a gift.)


Can I get an “Aaaay-men, brothers?

DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
06/03 at 01:06 PM •
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ToDaZeD QOtD! 

for reallys

What is the deadliest weapon you can reach without leaving your chair?
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Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
06/03 at 11:26 AM •
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ToDaZeD RTWT

Teh Narrative vs Reality

Maybe public life has reached the stage where words, spin and images are no longer required to represent reality because words, spin and images are reality.

...Once upon a time “making a difference” meant changing reality. It meant winning actual victories, making actual things, saving actual lives. Today it means changing the narrative, altering perceptions, hiding brutality, or better yet, convincing the audience that brutality happens only when the dramatic cues come on.

...

*So what better way to change the narrative than to use the word ‘new’ as in ‘new and improved’ Colgate Dental Cream? ...

Who’s actually going to go into Gaza and keep Hamas from re-arming without actually doing something? France? Britain? Egypt? That’s too much to ask, isn’t it. Because they might actually need to shoot somebody. Then the optics will be bad. So dollars to donuts, they’ll go for the optics and inaugurate some fancy port called the Mahatma Gandhi Mother Theresa humanitarian pier and then forget about it. And it will become an Iranian port on Gaza.

Then one of these days a real war will break out and real people will die. But nobody will connect the addiction to fantasy with those broken bodies, those smashed buildings, those shattered lives. Because the camera will move on. The moving finger writes … ‘new’.

Plus:

Hamas officials on Wednesday refused to allow into the Gaza Strip 21 truckloads of humanitarian aid that had been offloaded from the Gaza-bound flotilla ships currently docked at Ashdod Port, until “all” of those detained in Monday’s naval raid were released.

...“People in Gaza have been claiming that there is a humanitarian crisis there for years,” [COGAT spokesman Maj. Guy Inbar] said. “I find it difficult to believe that they don’t know what to do with medicine, food, clothes and blankets. ...”

“This proves that the whole thing was a provocation and a propaganda move and that no one really cares about the people of Gaza,” he said.

Least of all HamAss.

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
06/03 at 11:18 AM •
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today’s potential wedgie

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Sarah and Todd Palin may move their family out for the summer, thanks to their new “creepy” neighbor, writer Joe McGinniss. So said Todd Palin in a telephone interview

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SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/03 at 07:21 AM •
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I remember her…

wasn’t she once relevant?  or something...

Seems the shine is off the Unicorn; the sugar off the Skittles…

Obama wanted to be a transformative president and now the presidency is transforming him.

Instead of buoyant, he seems put upon. Instead of the fairy dust of hopefulness, there’s the bitter draught of helplessness.

...The oil won’t stop flowing, but the magic has.

...unless he wants his story to be marred by a pattern of passivity, detachment, acquiescence and compromise, he’d better seize control of the story line of his White House years.

Woe-is-me is not an attractive narrative.

whassername… ohyeah: Maureen Dowd.

No wonder her name disappeared off the McCartney Party list.

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
06/03 at 04:40 AM •
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tonight’s KisP fun facts

The 1994 Gaza-Jericho agreement served as the basis for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. In it, Israel was given authority to act precisely as it did on Monday. The relevant sentence states: “As part of Israel’s responsibilities for safety and security within the three Maritime Activity Zones, Israel Navy vessels may sail throughout these zones, as necessary and without limitations, and may take any measures necessary against vessels suspected of being used for terrorist activities, or for smuggling arms, ammunition, drugs, goods, or for any other illegal activity...”

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/02 at 11:32 PM •
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you might say “honest and refreshing”

Students are trapped by an educational bureaucracy.  Trapped by a selfish, self-interested, greedy school union that cares more about putting money in their own pocket and in the pocket of members than they care about educating our most vulnerable and needy children around the country.”

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/02 at 10:57 PM •
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look out Joe, there’s a new sheriff in towns

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wee-bidoo-wee-bidoo-wee-bidoo
( 2006 )

LOS ANGELES, California (AP)—The Incredible Hulk is now a county sheriff’s department reserve deputy.

Lou Ferrigno, 54, who played the green-skinned monster on the CBS-TV show from 1977 to 1982, was sworn in during a ceremony Monday night.

“My father was a police officer with the New York Police Department; I’ve always had a high respect for officers,” Ferrigno told The Associated Press. “I want to give back to the community, and I want to work with young kids, help them get off drugs.”

Ferrigno began training to become a reserve deputy last September after passing a background check. He completed training in firearms, first aid, and high-speed driving techniques and was recognized as “an outstanding trainee” by Sheriff Lee Baca.

Ferrigno will serve at least 20 hours a month, help recruit new deputies and work with the sheriff’s Youth Activities League and the Special Victims Bureau, which assists abused children.

Ferrigno was a bodybuilder before he starred on the TV show. The late actor Bill Bixby played mild-mannered scientist David Bruce Banner who, as Ferrigno, turned into a Herculean, green-skinned monster whenever he lost his temper. He switched back to Bixby’s character as soon as he calmed down.

In recent years, Ferrigno has appeared as himself on the CBS sitcom “The King of Queens.”

goldstar.jpgHog ( but not the wayback part )

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/02 at 10:18 PM •
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oh the humanitarians!

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Hamas officials on Wednesday refused to allow into the Gaza Strip 21 truckloads of humanitarian aid that had been offloaded from the Gaza-bound flotilla ships currently docked at Ashdod Port, until “all” of those detained in Monday’s naval raid were released.

The deportation of those detainees – except for those who have refused efforts to return them to their home countries – was in its final stages on Wednesday night, as hundreds of people were flown out of Ben-Gurion Airport to Istanbul, before continuing on to their final destinations.

A senior official from the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday night that the trucks were waiting to go into Gaza at the Kerem Shalom border crossing, pending approval from Hamas.

“Hamas has refused to allow those trucks to go in,” the official said, “and if the aid is so urgent, my question is, why are they not allowing it into Gaza?”

The official added that “we have conducted talks with the Red Cross [to try and get the aid in], but Hamas is still refusing. In the meantime, the rest of truckloads will wait in Israel until further notice.”

The Hamas government’s social welfare minister, Ahmed Kurd, said the group “refuse[s] to receive the humanitarian aid until all those who were detained aboard the ships are released. We also insist that the equipment be delivered in its entirety.”......................................

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/02 at 07:32 PM •
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Ooh-ooh-ooooh!

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SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/02 at 06:53 PM •
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today’s Michael Ramirez

The Ugly American The Ugly American
06/02 at 06:41 PM •
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listen to what the man said


We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired and the cleanup is complete.”

The Ugly American The Ugly American
06/02 at 05:52 PM •
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as my stomach turns

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A lobbyist who resigned from a rival political campaign is claiming to have had a tryst with a South Carolina lawmaker trying to become the state’s first female governor.

The allegation made Wednesday by lobbyist Larry Marchant is the second leveled at Republican state Rep. Nikki Haley in the past two weeks. Her campaign vehemently denies both allegations.

Neither claim has come with proof…

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Funny coincidence one: The author of that AP story is Jim Davenport, the same reporter who showed up in Will Folks’s archive of text messages sniffing around for dirt on Haley. Funny coincidence two: Marchant resigned earlier today from his position as a consultant to … Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who also happens to be the guy Erick Erickson suspects of coordinating with Folks to take down Haley before the gubernatorial primary. And now a question: Assuming that Bauer knew what Marchant was planning to say, and in light of the fact that Bauer declined to press Haley about the affair allegations at last night’s debate, why didn’t he refuse Marchant’s resignation and tell him to keep his fat mouth shut instead? Does anyone not think Bauer’s fingerprints are all over this?..............


SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/02 at 05:09 PM •
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Joe Bubellah!

Vice President Joe Biden defended Israel’s handling of the raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, departing from the Obama administration’s posture of wait and see. 

Biden said Israel has an “absolute right” to defend its security interests, according to a transcript Politico obtained of an interview that was to be broadcast Wednesday evening on the Charlie Rose show on Bloomberg TV.

“It’s legitimate for Israel to say, ‘I don’t know what’s on that ship. These guys are dropping eight—3,000 rockets on my people,” Biden said…

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/02 at 04:43 PM •
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-isms 101: tax-revoltism


~ animated 4sec ~

DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
06/02 at 03:59 PM •
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Strange Rituals in The Desert

having a reverse effect?

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Hey, wha hoppunt to the Separation of Church and State?!?
ohyeeeah.  Nantzy.

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Some kind of… mat...aaiiieee Mind Bleach STAT

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OMF’nG.

[/mime vote]

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
06/02 at 02:34 PM •
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AQ’s #3 now number two

I think enough time has elapsed to give this great news some credence.
In Regime™ parlance, he’s been dis-associated.

Okay, I wasn’t going to put up this killing of al Qaeda leader Mustafa Abu Yazid, who is also known as Sheikh Saeed al Masri until I was really sure because this clown has been reported killed more times than a cat has lives but since it has been announced on a jihadi site linked to al Qaeda, I think it’s safe to celebrate this pissant’s journey into allah’s Hell.

DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
06/02 at 11:26 AM •
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might as well ban taxis, too

So, how’s that handgun ban workin’ out for ya?
(Uhm, right after the short commercial. Couldn’t get rid of it, sorry.)


~ vid ~


“Quiet and lived alone."*

DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
06/02 at 10:37 AM •
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ToDaZeD WTF?!!? Exhibit A

three letters: J O B S B A G S

California could become the first state in the nation to slap a ban on one-time use disposable plastic bags in stores.

The move got a big boost Tuesday with word that the California Grocers Association is now backing the bill. A key vote is now pending before the week’s end. If signed into law, all plastic, and most paper, bags would be banned from grocery, convenience and liquor stores.

“Under this bill, if shoppers forget their reusable bags, they will be able to purchase a recycled paper bag made of 40 percent post-consumer material for a reasonable cost,” Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica), said.

Are they just trying to irritate us to death?  It that it?!?  It’s like living with under a thugocracy of two-year-olds.

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
06/02 at 07:52 AM •
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ToDaZeD Voice from the Past

foresight

In 1831, twenty-five year-old Alexis de Tocqueville spent 9 months in the US, sent by the French gubbmint to study the American prison system.  He studied the economy and political system, too.  In 1835 he published Democracy in America.  He hit some nails:

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Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
06/02 at 07:18 AM •
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Isn’t that Spay-shill? 

there’s a scene like this in The Godfather...

Regardless of the details of the flotilla incident, sources say President Obama is focused on what he sees as the longer term issue here: a successful Mideast peace process.

“The president has always said that it will be much easier for Israel to make peace if it feels secure,” a senior administration official tells ABC News.

The suggestion is that US condemnation of Israel would further isolate that country, and make further peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians even more difficult.

...Mr. Obama pushed the notion that last night – as the United Nations Security Council met to issue a statement about the incident – was the moment when the US had maximum leverage, that the longer the statement was being debated the worse it would ultimately be for Israel.

Ultimately, as the statement was negotiated over night, the US succeeded in making it more neutral where other nations wanted it to criticize and condemn Israel.

Now that’s a ChiTown “Win” for Teh iDaddy.  It [somewhat] pacifies the US Israel supporters—after all it is a statement of “support”.  or at least not condemnation, eh?

But it sets US up as the Only Friend of The Problem Child.  Big ol’ Superpower defending it’s wayward Little Brother.  [Like Jimmah and Billy] That’s the price of the “Friendship,” being identified as The Problem.

It’s one of the oldest games humans play: pick the bad guy. [“ ‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.’ Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.” Alinsky 12]

Try it with 5 or 6 friends.  Five of you get together and decide to pick on the 6th for some imagined “wrong.” Something that makes no sense to criticize, like defending himself against aggressors.

Pick the smartest, most stable guy to do this to, then everyone begin to chide him, getting more serious as ya go along.  He’ll start to get agitated.  Then one guy take his side and begin to “help” him to “correct” his ways.  Even the most well-grounded will start to freak out a little.  It’s crazy-making.

Pick a stable guy, but not a big guy; he will owe ya a punch in the snoot for this, afterward.

So tkx, iDaddy. 

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
06/02 at 07:03 AM •
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the man who wasn’t there


Audience members use chairs to shelter from the rain as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks...

..... “Too often it feels as though Barry is watching from a balcony, reluctant to enter the fray until the clamor of the crowd forces him to come down. The pattern is perverse. The man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire withholds that inspiration when it is most needed.” That’s because he doesn’t inspire anybody, Maureen.  He inspires people in a faux way.  You created the notion he inspires people. 

He’s been inspired by Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright and Frank Marshall Davis and whoever taught him at Columbia and Harvard, but who has he inspired? Where are the stories of people who have said, “I am where I am today because of Barack Obama. I remember being inspired by Barack Obama. I was down on my luck. I couldn’t get anywhere. I couldn’t put one foot in front of another and Obama said, ‘You can walk,’ and I began to walk, and look at me now! I’m jogging.” I don’t hear these stories. Have you heard any, Snerdley?  Where are these personal stories of lives Obama has touched? All of this has been a myth.

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
06/01 at 08:09 PM •
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are we there, yet?

‘Member when internet service was time-constrained?
(What? Oh, no reason.)

DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
06/01 at 08:22 PM •
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clones

You’ll meet yours in the finals.


~ TheChive ~


DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
06/01 at 03:34 PM •
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Michael Yon’s War

Here’s a little perspective for your post-holiday return to reality.
Just, you know, go read the whole thing.

DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
06/01 at 02:32 PM •
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so very Jacqueline Kennedy

The Ugly American The Ugly American
06/01 at 01:28 PM •
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the post wherein TUA becomes a true believer in climate change


REUTERS: A gallery press officer poses with artist Vincent J.F. Huang’s sculpture Nemesis 2010 of U.S. President Barak Obama’s savaged head being eaten by a polar bear, at the Eight Members Club Gallery in London. Huang’s exhibition attempts to highlight the issues of global warming.

The Ugly American The Ugly American
06/01 at 01:18 PM •
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Just for, yanno context

stuff the NYT would tell ya if it wasn’t real busy being all over the guy-girdle craze

IHH -> HamAss -> alQ -> Millennium Bomber -> Moslem Brotherhood -> *clicky*clicky*

Paint Ball Guns, srsly?!??

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
06/01 at 12:52 PM •
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