Monday, September 20, 2010

Mr. Obama, Here's My Resume, Where's My Job? 'Even if I was purple' people would be frustrated: Obama, Evil Old Nazi Pope, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have or have had ethical challenges, The Sarah Palin/Tea Party Hypocrisy on Christine O’Donnell, "Support the most conservative candidate who is electable." What is the Democratic strategy to stop the biggest tax hike in modern times? Newspaper Publishes Racist Joke

Mr. Obama, Here's My Resume, Where's My Job?: Caroline Baum - Bloomberg

Asked whether President Barack Obama has a clear plan for creating jobs, 53 percent of the respondents to a recent New York Times/CBS poll said no.

The 881 registered voters contacted by telephone Sept. 10- 14 weren’t asked whether job creation is, or should be, part of the president’s job description. Short of hiring a White House chef, a dog walker for Bo and an urban farmer (organic) to tend Michelle’s vegetable garden, the president isn’t a source of jobs.

True, he can nudge businesses to create jobs with tax credits and subsidies. He can conjure up government-financed projects to put the unemployed back to work, which is what Franklin Roosevelt did during the New Deal. But contrary to the current national obsession with it, job creation quite simply isn’t the president’s job.

In fact, it’s unrealistic for the public to expect that of him.

'Even if I was purple' people would be frustrated: Obama

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama dismissed suggestions Monday that his cerebral style and exotic background made it tough for him to empathize with the seething economic fears of heartland Americans.

Obama's critics have frequently argued that his intellectual and academic leadership style or his upbringing in Hawaii, and for several years as a boy in Indonesia, make it hard for him to connect with everyday citizens.

"I think when the unemployment rate is still high and people are having a tough time, it doesn't matter if I was green, it doesn't matter if I was purple. I think people would still be frustrated and understandably so," Obama said in a town-hall style meeting on the economy on CNBC television.

Here’s a 9/11 Death Chart To Drive Your Wingnut Relatives Crazier - Wonkette

Evil Old Nazi Pope Tries To Trick Anglicans Into Becoming Catholics - Wonkette

Trying to finish what his Nazi forces started during World War II, Pope Joseph Ratzinger will attack England tomorrow with a bizarre offer to turn Anglicans into Catholics, even though he has publically described non-Catholic Christians as following a “defective” religion, and also the Church of England lets ladies work as priests, and other Anglican churches allow women to serve as bishops, and in general the decentralized Anglican faith is not really so much known for raping children constantly, the way the ordained Catholic officials rape children constantly, and then spend decades/centuries trying to hide it and discrediting the victims. Anyway, good try, Ratzi, we guess?


"let's run down the current members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have or have had ethical challenges" - Wizbang


“Electability” v. Conservatism: The Sarah Palin/Tea Party Hypocrisy on Christine O’Donnell - Debbie Schlussel

Memo to the Right: "The Lombardi Rule" Is In Effect - Legal Insurrection

"Support the most conservative candidate who is electable."
Notes on creative destruction - Powerline

When Christine O'Donnell emerged triumphant over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary contest for the Republican endorsement, Karl Rove turned up on Fox News vehemently denouncing Christine O'Donnell's personal record. After his spirited denunciations of O'Donnell, he occasionally got around to acknowledging that Democratic nominee Chris Coons (a/k/a "the bearded Marxist") had a few issues too.

Rove's denunciation of O'Donnell is explicable by the disappointment of a political professional. He strongly believes that Delaware Republicans threw away a sure chance to take the Delaware Senate seat. Even if it was only disappointment speaking, his vehemence was striking.


So just what is the Democratic strategy to stop the biggest tax hike in modern times landing in the middle of a weak job market on January 1st? Right now there is none


Is There a Place for Republicans in the Congressional Black Caucus? - The Root

That remains to be seen, given the icy relationship between the caucus and the GOP, but some black Republican congressional candidates are certainly interested in joining.

Back in June, 32 black Republicans were running for Congress. Three months and dozens of primaries later, that number has dwindled to just 13 people, only a handful of whom -- three, according to New York Times statistician Nate Silver -- actually have a strong chance of winning come November: Allen West of Florida, Ryan Frazier of Colorado and Tim Scott of South Carolina. Still, three black Republicans in the House will be three more than there's been in seven years, since Oklahoman J.C. Watts retired, and it's got a lot of people buzzing. To quote New York magazine: "Considering the status quo [in Congress], next year will look like a Tyler Perry movie in comparison."

Naturally, talk of black Congress members leads to talk of the Congressional Black Caucus. Founded in 1969, the CBC is now the leading African-American policymaking body in the United States, with 42 members representing every region of the continental United States.

There's just one problem: The CBC doesn't have a single Republican member.


Lake Crystal Newspaper Publishes Racist Joke

Lake Crystal, Minn. - Some people south of the Metro are outraged by what a newspaper editor wrote in a small, local paper. He insists it was a joke but admits it was printed in "bad taste."

In the town of Lake Crystal, population three thousand, Main Street may have lost a bit of its zip. But the local paper, The Tribune, still knows how to whip up a little trouble.

In a column, appropriately called "Ramblings," the writer shares a joke about a golf course replacing its caddies with shiny robots. But the glare blinds the robots. The punch line comes in when someone suggests painting the robots black.

In the joke, a golf course employee says, "We did. And four of 'em didn't show up for work, two filed for welfare, one robbed the pro shop, and the other thinks he's the president."

One Lake Crystal woman told FOX 9 she didn't think the joke was appropriate to publish. "And I don't think it's funny, either," she says.

So how does something like this get by the editor? The writer is the editor. Editor and publisher, Don Marben, who wouldn't talk on camera, says he's sorry if he stepped on anyone's toes. But some wonder if he really gets it.

This week's paper contained some angry letters, accusing the editor of racism. The editor wrote an apology, saying it was in bad taste.

One Lake Crystal man told FOX 9, "It's the kind of thing people would joke about in private, but not say in a public forum."

But jokes like the Ole and Lena ones, often told in private, don't involve filing for welfare and stealing.

During our time in Lake Crystal, we never found a single person of color. According to the latest Census, the town is 98 percent white. Very few minorities live here. And after reading something like this in the paper, it would be easy to understand why.

Not all the residents are up in arms, though.

"We all make mistakes," one resident says. "I don't think he should be punished any more for it."

This so-called joke about the golf caddies appears to have been taken verbatim right off the internet. The editor says he simply cut and pasted it to fill space, but the joke is not attributed. Plagiarism at this point seems to be the least of the editor's worries right now.

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