I guess that you should not preach Juan...

Funny story but when I was in MN, I hung out with a dude named DD, my dude from way back.  We were hosting a small soiree at our pad and we hang out with Juan Williams’ son.  Needless to say, that dude liked to party, which made him aces in my book.

At our party, there were always all types at the party.  We didn’t discriminate based on politics, only on your party quotient.  If you brought something to the party, then we wanted you around.  At our spots, politics were not really discussed, so your political identity  normally got checked at the door, with the coats.

Looking at the Juan Williams situation, the terrorists have clearly won.  The inability to express your beliefs is the hallmark of a totalitarian regime.  If we can’t discuss our feelings, then covert racism will rule the day.

By Matea Gold

Tribune Washington Bureau

12:35 PM PDT, October 21, 2010

Reporting from Washington

As NPR weathered a storm of criticism Thursday for its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams for his comments about Muslims, Fox News moved aggressively to turn the controversy to its advantage by signing Williams to an expanded role at the cable news network.

Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable bump up from his previous salary, the Tribune Washington Bureau has learned. The Fox News contributor will now appear exclusively and more frequently on the cable news network and have a regular column on FoxNews.com.

“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said in a statement, adding a jab at NPR: “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

The worst part about this is that it allows FOX to come off as the reasonable party here.  For once, I have to agree with FOX here.  While they are not really fair and balanced reporting in any sense of the phrase, the ability to paint a picture of intolerance to set up another, major point is necessary in discussion.  His beliefs are ones that others share and he was talking about how to combat and recognize that subconscious discrimination.

Meanwhile, conservative leaders lambasted NPR for firing Williams and called for cutting public funding for the media organization. By midafternoon Thursday, more than 4,900 comments had been posted on NPR.org, including many from people who said the media organization was bowing to political correctness and unfairly punishing Williams for expressing his personal opinions.

“In one arrogant move the NPR exposed itself for the leftist thought police they really are,” read one typical post. “After this November elections I hope one of the first things the new Congress does is to defund this poor excuse for public radio.”

NPR serves a public good, a necessary purpose.  I want them to re-examine their hiring practices, I want them to bow less to political correctness, but I want them on the radio.  Just like NPR overreacted to this situation, the public needs to take a step back, take a deep breath and then keep it moving.

The controversy kicked off Monday night when Williams, a Fox News contributor, made an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.” In a conversation with host Bill O’Reilly about how fear of terrorism affects perceptions of Muslims, Williams noted that he harbored some anxieties, even as an author of books about the civil rights movement.

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot….But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous,” Williams said.

He also noted that it was not fair to cast all Muslims as extremists.

On Wednesday, NPR told Williams it was terminating his contract, saying his remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

The abrupt break came after years in which Williams’ role at Fox News caused internal tension at the public radio organization. Many NPR listeners registered complaints about comments he made on the cable news channel, particularly remarks last year in which he described First Lady Michelle Obama as having “this Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress thing going” and saying she could become “an albatross.”

In response, NPR executives asked Williams to request Fox News not identify him as an NPR analyst when he appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Dana Davis Rehm, NPR’s senior vice president for communications, said in an interview that Williams’ comments violated internal ethics policies that prohibit NPR journalists from going on other media and expressing “views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist.” The guidelines also prohibit NPR journalists from participating in programs “that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”

Isn’t it a fact that Juan felt that way?  He is analyzing his personal beliefs and how that colors some of the things that he thinks about, and he even claims that approach is wrong.  NPR is really asking him to lie about what he thinks.  If it really is National Public Radio, then the some in the Public think the same things.  Exposure can only help, since it leads to discussion that might help people to recognize the other side and have more tolerance.

Rehm said Williams had been warned several times in the past about making personal comments that violated the policy.

“This wasn’t the first time where we felt Juan crossed the line in terms of what’s permitted for NPR analysts and journalists as a whole,” she said. “We felt we really didn’t have an alternative. And it was not without regret, and it was not a decision that was made lightly by any means. We do appreciate the work he has done.”

Williams told Fox News on Thursday that he was let go over the phone and taken aback that he wasn’t given a chance to defend himself.

“It’s not a bigoted statement,” he told Fox News in an interview the cable news network ran throughout the day. “In fact, in the course of this conversation with Bill O’Reilly, I said we have an obligation as Americans to be careful to protect the constitutional rights of everyone in our country and to make sure that we don’t have any outbreak of bigotry. But that there’s a reality. You cannot ignore what happened on 9/11, and you cannot ignore the connection to Islamic radicalism, and you can’t ignore the fact of what has even recently been said in court with regard to this is the first drop of blood in a Muslim war in America.”

Fox News made the most of the incident, rerunning a package about the controversy throughout the day. Williams was scheduled to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor” Thursday night to further address the issue and will guest host the program Friday.

In the meantime, NPR was slammed by conservative leaders such as Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, who tweeted, “NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it. Juan Williams: u got taste of Left’s hypocrisy, they screwed up firing you.”

NPR, if you really are defenders of the left, why would you give them this ammunition?

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who hosts a show on Fox News, said he now plans to boycott NPR and decline its interview requests.

“NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,” Huckabee wrote on his blog, adding: “It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR.”

NPR receives no direct federal funding for its operations, but between 1% and 3% of its $160-million budget comes from competitive grants awarded by publicly funded entities such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2009, NPR has received $8 million in competitive grants from the CPB for technology development and journalism initiatives. It also received a one-time grant of $78 million between 2007 and 2009 to upgrade satellite technology.

Local NPR stations receive $90 million in annual appropriations from the CPB that amount to about 10% of their revenue, on average.

Rehm said it was inappropriate for politicians to interject the issue of federal funding into an editorial decision, adding that she hoped the controversy would not affect financial support for public radio. “Stations are in fund-raising season,  so it is unfortunate that this occurred at this time,” she said.

Just because the people bootleg, that doesn’t mean that you can steal right out in the open…

I was in a store recently and I saw someone totally steal something.  Now, I am down with the Stop Snitching campaign and I didn’t report this petty theft that I saw.  When I saw it happening, the first thing that ran through my mind was the guy who got killed for staling toothpaste.  I ran the numbers and thought that this was small enough that the harm to society was not outweighed by my pledge not to snitch and my desire not to get involved.  This person got away scot-free. The same may not be true for Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Talking Heads singer sues Fla. governor for $1M
May 25, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is being sued for $1 million for using a Talking Heads song in a campaign ad without the band’s permission.

The band’s ex-lead singer David Byrne sued the governor Monday in Tampa for using “Road to Nowhere” in an online attack ad against Marco Rubio. He’s the likely Republican nominee in the race for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat. Crist is running as an independent.

Here is the song, preformed live at the Greek Theater on campus at UC Berkeley.

Crist’s campaign spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Byrne said in a statement his fans might not respect him as much if he lets his songs be used in ads.

Sen. John McCain was sued for using Jackson Browne‘s song “Running on Empty” during his presidential campaign. The lawsuit was settled and included a pledge by the GOP not to use any musicians’ work without permission.

This is clearly a case of when will they learn.  If you stole the music, the crime will be right out on front street for all to see.

At least you have the time to pose....

Maybe if he had listened to his wife, he might be holding down the most important job in the country right now.  I gotta give it up for Cindy. She is not a woman who took the loss as a sign that her voice was not valued.  Now, Cindy is standing up in the fight in CA against Prop. 8, the vote that took away the ability for Californians to have total choice to decide who they want to have as their partner.  John McCain was forced to clarify that he is a discriminator and he thinks that marriage is ONLY between a man and a woman.

The tape is on the wrong person's mouth. Why can't we use this for her husband? A worthwile fight...good for her being on the correct side. This is what a bigot DOESN'T look like...In the photo, is it me, or is she shooting MILF vibes...?

Cindy and Meghan McCain, posed for photos endorsing pro-gay marriage forces in California.Mrs McCain appears with silver duct tape across her mouth and “NOH8” written on one cheek. The photo was posted on Wednesday on the NOH8 campaign’s website.

The homosexual rights group opposes Proposition 8 – the ballot measure passed by Californian voters in 2008 which bans same-sex marriage.

Cindy McCain contacted NOH8 and offered to pose for the photo endorsement, the website said.

John McCain’s office said in a statement that the Arizona senator an 2008 Republican presidential candidate respects the views of members of his family but remains opposed to gay marriage.

“Sen McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman,” the statement said.

The senator backed an Arizona ballot measure passed by voters in 2008 that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

NOH8 praised Cindy McCain’s willingness to publicly endorse a cause that is unpopular within the Republican party.

“The McCains are one of the most well-known Republican families in recent history, and for Mrs McCain to have reached out to us to offer her support truly means a lot,” said a statement on the group’s website.

Meghan McCain said on Twitter: “I couldn’t be more proud of my mother for posing for the NOH8 campaign. I think more Republicans need to start taking a stand for equality.”

Hey, at least you are holding the book in the right direction....I bet you secretly (or hopefully openly) like women...but this shouldn't take away from the message that marriage is between two stupid people who think that they love each other enough to take half their shit...regardless of their gender. It two guys want to marry, and fight over possessions, then let them fight!

This is what a large chest looks like...Thanks Meghan!

Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$, Lou.  I used to enjoy listening to you, but somewhere, you went off the deep end.  You continued the birther movements going with your continued questioning of President Obama’s birth certificate, even though that was an issue already decided.  Your boss even sent you a memo, telling you the story is dead.

In part, Klein writes, “It seems this story is dead- because anyone who still is not convinced doesn’t really have a legitimate beef.” Klein asked CNN researchers to dig into the question of why Obama couldn’t produce the original birth certificate. The researchers contacted the Hawaii Health Dept. and confirmed that paper documents were discarded in 2001 when the department went paperless. That reportedly includes Pres. Obama’s original birth certificate.

Then, your rants on illegal immigration bordered on outright racism.  Your time has come, you have been surpassed like the remnants of  Jim Crow laws. Whatever your thinking on illegal immigration,  you are not going to stop it with your racist rhetoric.  I can’t wait to see your brand of advocacy.

New York (CNN) — CNN’s Lou Dobbs stepped down from his controversial role as an advocacy anchor at the network at the end of his show Wednesday night, saying he plans to seek a more activist role.

“Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible,” Dobbs said during his 7 p.m. broadcast.

Dobbs, 64, said he had discussed the issue with CNN President Jonathan Klein, who had agreed to a release from his contract “that will enable me to pursue new opportunities.”

I worry about what those other opportunies are Lou. Are you going to be riding with the rengeade groups that hound illegals and give them a taste of Lou Dobbs Justice? Or, are you going to conintue the meme of the President is not legimatate because of his birthplace?  You and Orly would make a cute couple… Media Matters sent out a release questioning you, and the network for your views back in July.

Washington, DC — Today, Media Matters for America called further attention to Lou Dobbs’ continued use of his CNN show and his radio show to legitimize conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth certificate. Dobbs’ mainstreaming of such claims comes even as other CNN figures — including his stand-in, Kitty Pilgrim — have repeatedly and resoundingly debunked them, calling them “nutty” and “ludicrous.”

“CNN has a very serious Lou Dobbs problem on its hands,” said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters. “All eyes are on CNN to see how the network will handle a host who has clearly become a stain on its journalistic credibility.”

Media Matters released the following web video today on Dobbs’ undermining the network’s credibility: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXmqTmRPAng

The network was happy to see him go.  I think that they just got tired of having to defend his nonsensical rants on immigration and his tireless slandering of Latinos and Hispanics.  Glenn Beck is keeping a seat warm for you.

If you had only known, you could have saved everyone a lot of trouble...

“With characteristic forthrightness, Lou has now decided to carry the banner of advocacy journalism elsewhere. We respect his decision and wish him, Debi [Dobbs’ wife], and his family the very best.”

Herein lies the rub.  Lou was good, but went off the deep end.  I remember watching a lot of his financial stories with interest.  He clearly has some down home spun charm that he can use positively, or negatively, and he has gone to the dark side for me.  It’s okay to have different beliefs than what I have, and for you to espouse them, just have facts and evidence to back it up.

Dobbs, who is the last of the 29-year-old network’s original anchors, said he was considering “a number of options and directions.”

He cited the growth of the middle class, the creation of jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change and the U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as “the major issues of our time.”

But, he said, “Each of those issues is, in my opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C. I believe these to be profoundly, critically important issues and I will continue to strive to deal honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future.” Read Dobbs’ full statement about his departure from CNN

Those issues, he added, are defined in the public arena “by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous, empirical forethought, analysis and discussion,” and he vowed to work to change that.

During his second stint at CNN, Dobbs positioned himself as “tough, relentless, independent,” lashing out at what he described as the deficiencies and “partisan nonsense” of both major political parties, and injecting advocacy journalism into his coverage of topics ranging from free trade to immigration.

His no-holds-barred, sometimes acerbic style brought him a loyal following, but also attracted controversy both to him and to the network, especially over the subject of illegal immigrants.

Dobbs will continue as anchor of The Lou Dobbs Show, a daily radio show that began in March 2008 and is distributed to more than 160 stations nationwide by United Stations Radio Networks Inc.

I will help you load up the U-Haul Lou...

Lou, you win a diabolical hater T-shirt as a parting gift….John King will be brought in to replace you. NPR sheads some light on John King.

While Dobbs will continue on his nationally syndicated radio show, he did not specify his new role. CNN announced Thursday that his 7 p.m. weekday time slot will be filled in 2010 by a new show built around longtime CNN political reporter and anchor John King. The selection of King, who strives never to reflect personal ideological positions on the air, is more consistent with CNN’s intended brand as a source of objective reporting.

Remember when you used to do that Lou?  The NPR story sheds more light on why it was really your time to go.  You didn’t fit in the pattern of fair and unbiased reporting.  You seemingly forgot what a reporters job is.  You RESEARCH the story and have concrete facts, not just freestyle off the top of your dome.

By his own account, Dobbs was radicalized by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. He evolved on the air into an economic populist and a hard-liner on illegal immigration who often sparked the ire of Latinos.

Dobbs’ ratings rose for many years, but he drew much fire from critics drawn from disparate business, liberal and Latino circles.

In one instance, Dobbs was forced to apologize for his characterization of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — a mainstream business group — which he said was “effectively an organization that is interested in Mexico’s export of drugs and illegal aliens to the United States.”

Dobbs sometimes overstated or misrepresented the facts as he sought to connect illegal immigrants to crime or other societal ills, a frequent theme. In one instance, Dobbs and a CNN reporter seemed to attribute a startling rise in leprosy cases to illegal immigrants from Latin America. There was no such startling rise — and what cases there were would have been more likely to have had Asian origins.

His radio show took on an even more severe edge.

So, Lou, it was your time to be put out to pasture, or sent to the glue factory.

See Lou, the birther story is over....just like your career at CNN

Now, she can smoke legally and not have to hide behind the haze of the smoke to conceal her identity

Now, she can smoke legally and not have to hide behind the haze of the smoke to conceal her identity

This is going to be great news for people who actually smoke marijuana legally.  The guidelines will also stop the arrests of suppliers to medical marijuana clubs.

Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy

By DEVLIN BARRETT (AP) – 7 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.

The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.

The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.

Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

California is unique among those for the widespread presence of dispensaries — businesses that sell marijuana and even advertise their services. Colorado also has several dispensaries, and Rhode Island and New Mexico are in the process of licensing providers, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that promotes the decriminalization of marijuana use.

This is great news for people who want to provide relief for others.  Think of the possibilities.  Now opening up a club doesn’t seem so far fetched.

Drive thru ordering would be nice....

Drive thru ordering would be nice....

Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.

A three-page memo spelling out the policy is expected to be sent Monday to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the legal guidance before it is issued.

“This is a major step forward,” said Bruce Mirken, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality.”

At the same time, the officials said, the government will still prosecute those who use medical marijuana as a cover for other illegal activity. The memo particularly warns that some suspects may hide old-fashioned drug dealing or other crimes behind a medical marijuana business.

In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or involvement in other crimes.

And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.

The memo, officials said, is designed to give a sense of prosecutorial priorities to U.S. attorneys in the states that allow medical marijuana. It notes that pot sales in the United States are the largest source of money for violent Mexican drug cartels, but adds that federal law enforcement agencies have limited resources.

Medical marijuana advocates have been anxious to see exactly how the administration would implement candidate Barack Obama’s repeated promises to change the policy in situations in which state laws allow the use of medical marijuana.

Soon after Obama took office, DEA agents raided four dispensaries in Los Angeles, prompting confusion about the government’s plans.

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Congrats! Instead of being known for your father being a war hero and a senator, you will be known as the big rack daughter of Senator McCain, who was silly enough to post a lot of skin on Twitter....

Congrats! Instead of being known for your father being a war hero and a senator, you will be known as the big rack daughter of Senator McCain, who was silly enough to post a lot of skin on Twitter....

because the real question is “Why aren’t you butt-A$$ nekkid like all the other wannabe internet stars?”

Glad to see that you are keeping busy on facebook and twitter!

Glad to see that you are keeping busy on facebook and twitter! Hope that is an American beer, not some foreign swill....Buy American (unless its Newcastle and its not....)

You had to know that the things that you tittered, I mean tweeted about were going to be a story.  Now, I am clearly not the modesty police, but if you didn’t want the  Twin Towers to become a story, then why are you displaying them so prominently?  Its like you want someone to____________ (fill in the blanks in the comments) clearly look at how large your rack is.  I am a fan, and I have been a fan.  But, please, stop being so butt-hurt about it.  The person who posted the picture is YOU.

Jokes will never end....

Jokes will never end....

Grow up.  You have to be responsible for your actions.  Would you send your grandmother a picture with your boobies all hanging out?  Probably not…

Again, this is why you should not use Twitter

Again, this is why you should not use Twitter...plus, pantsuits? Is that a rip on Hillary?

Some things people don't forget.....

Some things you just don't forget.....

and he has the ability to couch “Because I’ve been ballin on these bitches and they can’t stand the rain…”  to sound polite and kind as well….

While much of America had its eyes skyward, tracking what was thought to be a boy in a run-away balloon, President Obama was dealing with another boy very much on the ground.

“Why do people hate you?” asked 4th-grader Terence Scott, posing the final question at the president’s Town Hall Meeting this afternoon at the University of New Orleans.

The youngster seemed earnest and genuinely distressed about harsh words he’s heard people direct at the 44th President.

“They supposed to love you,” said the youngster, “and God is love.”

Son, the reason people hate President Obama is that their candidate didnt win, or that they just hate black people. The guy has been in office less than nine months, but everyone thinks that they can do his job better than he can. It’s like backseat driving. Everyone wants to tell someone else how to do their jobs. Just because you work at Burger King and you have to make it my way, doesn’t mean that you can come to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and tell me how to do my job. You make the burgers, and I will make the policies.  See, that is what he wanted to say, but he kept it politically safe, which was the right, and smart thing to do.

“That’s what I’m talking about,” said the president, grateful for words of kindness and support. He was on a trip to explain why it took him nine months to make his first visit as president to a city still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Mr. Obama tried to reassure the kid that it’s not as bad as he thinks.

“First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me now,” he told the 4th grader. But he conceded that “if you’re watching TV lately, it seems like everybody’s just getting mad all the time.”

“You’ve got to take it with a grain of salt,” the president explained. “Some of it is just what’s called politics.”


How do you explain hardball politics to a 4th grader?

“Once one party wins,” said the president, struggling to find the right words, “then the other party kind of gets – feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes.”

Poke you a little bit? Is that what his political critics and opponents are doing?

“You shouldn’t take it too seriously,” was Mr. Obama’s bottom line advice to the youngster.

Haters hate kid.  It’s a fact of life.  Here is how the hated on me during the election.

What bitches!??!?!?!? Bow down to the Great Allah Barack Hussein Obama!

What bitches!??!?!?!? Bow down to the Great Allah Barack Hussein Obama!

But that couldn’t stop me, they have done far worse.  Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?  This is what he and others had to go through.

and the end result was still a minor victory for blacks in the south.

and the end result was still a minor victory for blacks in the south.

He said a lot of people are losing their jobs or health care or homes to foreclosure. “They’re feeling frustrated,” he said, sounding as though he could forgive them for their bitter words and criticism.

They can’t get over the fact that the oppression is eroding and the control that was once tight as a noose has been gradually reduced.  I just rose above the haters.

HAHAHA Pumas!  This is you right here....How did that whole campaign thing work out for you?

HAHAHA Pumas! This is you right here....How did that whole campaign thing work out for you?

And as president, he conceded he gets some credit when things go well and some of the blame when they don’t. “That part of the job,” he explained.

“So you’ve just got to keep on going even when folks are criticizing you,” he said.

And after all, said the president, “I’m a pretty tough guy.”

“Are you a tough guy?” he asked his 4th grade questioner. The kid seemed to accept the explanation as he got another hug from the president.

If nothing else, the youngster got a great story to write about in his next composition.

And bloggers have something else to write about too…

Waste of space and I am sure that she didnt write it....

Waste of space and I am sure that she didn't write it....

Who wants to read what she wrote?  Plus, I want to know who bought the coat?  I bet it’s leftover from her spending the Republicans hard earned money out of the war chest.

Sarah Palin book part of conservative boom

By HILLEL ITALIE (AP) – 3 hours ago

NEW YORK — These are boom times for conservative authors.

Michelle Malkin’s “Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” spent weeks at No. 1 on The New York Times nonfiction list. Sales have been strong for Dick Morris’ anti-Obama “Catastrophe” and the reissue of “The Five Thousand Year Leap,” by W. Cleon Skousen.

And Sarah Palin may top them all.

In a feat usually reserved for the likes of J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown, Palin’s book was No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com just two days after Harper announced it had moved up the release date from the spring to Nov. 17 and that the memoir’s title was “Going Rogue.”

Staying power is what it is all about.  This book was on the NY Times best sellers list.

See?  people will buy anything....

See? people will buy anything....

The fact that people are lining up to buy it doesn’t really mean much.  It might mean people are stupid, but we here have been saying that for a long time.

Palin’s 432-page memoir, still No. 1 on Friday, has been given a first printing of 1.5 million copies and booksellers have begun fighting for sales. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut the $28.99 list price by more than half, to $13.50, and Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com are offering “Going Rogue” for $15.65, a 45 percent discount.

I haven’t seen J.K. Rowling hawking Harry Potter for a big discount.   That is because people actually think that she can write and they are patiently (and in some cases not so patiently) waiting for the book.

Call me a skeptic, but I dont think that they will be waiting in line like this for Sarah Palins book

Call me a skeptic, but I don't think that they will be waiting in line like this for Sarah Palin's book

I doubt that Sarah can string a couple of sentences without throwing one of her trademark “You knows” in.

nor do I think that they will be dressing up like her...

nor do I think that they will be dressing up like her...

Plus, have you seen them discounting the book BEFORE IT IS EVEN OUT? That just reeks of desperation and trying to stay in the limelight.

Although she resigned abruptly last summer as governor, and the Republican ticket of Sen. John McCain and Palin was decisively beaten in the 2008 election, “Going Rogue” will surely outsell the memoir of her Democratic counterpart, Vice President Joe Biden, and likely approach the million-selling heights of President Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope.”

Yep, just like people bought Billy Beer back in the 70’s.  People like keepsakes, especially if they are memorable.  If nothing else, she is memorable for a lot of things, even if it is not being good.

That beer actually was okay for a cheap beer...

That beer actually was okay for a cheap beer...

Yes, Sarah, I am calling you the equivalent of Billy Beer, without the cheap price or good taste….

“I know a lot of people who are surprised by this,” says Adrian Zackheim, president and publisher of Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group (USA). “There was some question as to whether her popularity was still intact after she resigned as governor and some question as to whether the original following was still with her. The answer to these questions is pretty unequivocal.”

“Movement conservatives are voting with their dollars to endorse the values they believe Sarah Palin represents,” says Twelve publisher Jonathan Karp, who has published books by McCain and by a liberal favorite, the late Ted Kennedy, whose “True Compass” came out last month.

“In a similar way, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin and Mark Levin provide an opportunity for ideologically motivated consumers to see their views validated. It’s the political equivalent of attending a Grateful Dead concert. Pure and simple, it’s market democracy.”

Wow, Jerry must be rolling over in grave.  Really? Sarah is the same as the Grateful Dead?


Tonight, one last band will shake off its cobwebs in an attempt to Barack voters all night long. The Grateful Dead announced plans over the weekend to reunite for one show, and one show only, in support of the candidate. Tickets to the live performance sold out almost instantly, but Deadheads far and wide can watch the performance from the comfort of their dwellings at IClips.net at 7:30p.m. PST. What a long strange trip it's been for Obama since his campaign began back in 2006, but he's kept on truckin', and come tomorrow, the future of his presidential hopes will be determined for the people, by the people.

The Dead(at least the living….if you believe the ACORN scandal, then really the DEAD too) are for Obama

Here is a Dead Show..

These dirty rocked out hippies are not voting for Palin...

These dirty rocked out hippies are not voting for Palin...

and here is a typical Palin fan…

I shudder to think how much that airbrushing cost.  Especially since she is a failure....

I shudder to think how much that airbrushing cost. Especially since she won't win anything again....

and her conducting politics….will the book talk in depth about that?  That might be the best part of the book…

I wonder does she even know who she is talking to?

I wonder does she even know who she is talking to?

Karp calls the title “brilliant” and says it “suggests she’ll let it all hang out,” a likely attraction for customers on Amazon, which lists purchasers of Palin’s book as also buying “Glenn Beck’s Common Sense” and Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny.”

Palin herself has said that “Going Rogue” will give her a chance to express herself “unfiltered,” a bold brand for a public figure who has likened herself to a pit bull with lipstick and once alleged that Obama was “palling around with terrorists.” Palin’s collaborator, Lynn Vincent, has her own history of attacking the left. She is the co-author of “Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party.”

“That sounds pretty lively,” says Marji Ross, president of Regnery Publishing, which released Malkin’s book. “Palin is certainly well positioned to take on the bureaucrats and government establishment, but she also may be positioning herself for a run at the (2012) nomination and that might have its own discipline.”

A lot of people have disciples, but do we really want them running the country?

This guy had a lot of disciples and what happened?  For those of you not in the know, this is Jim Jones, and no, he doesnt rap

This guy had a lot of disciples and what happened? For those of you not in the know, this is Jim Jones, and no, he doesn't rap

“Palin is going to appeal to anyone interested in American culture right now,” says Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham, who declined to offer specifics on the book, whether content or tone.

“Although she has a very strong conservative following, who are with her through thick and thin, she has this large cultural presence that exerts a great deal of fascination. And what we’re seeing here are two vectors coming together.”

The very existence of a Democratic administration means material for conservatives. In the 1990s, Ann Coulter and Barbara Olson were among those who wrote best-selling attacks against President Bill Clinton. Al Franken, Michael Moore and other liberals were popular authors during the Bush administration. Now, says Ross, as Democrats reign in Washington, “conservatives have been energized.”

“They have really come out of the lethargy they were stuck in last year,” she says.

Burnham declined comment on how or whether Palin’s memoir would be fact-checked. (Publishers traditionally rely on authors to tell their story straight.) Liberals are ready to step in. The Progressive Book Club and Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog group, will soon start a joint project to fact-check upcoming conservative releases. “Going Rogue” is high on the list.

“These books are often riddled with sloppy and demonstrably false claims,” says Media Matters senior fellow Karl Frisch. “We feel we have good reason to keep our eye on Sarah Palin.”

Burnham declined comment on Frisch’s remarks. He said the manuscript, much of it written over the summer, was “extremely strong” and covers everything from her family to Alaska to her vice presidential run.

“It’s Palin, up close and personal,” he says.

I just do not get her or the people that think that she is the one to lead the country.  You have a right to support her, and fortunately, I have a right to make fun of you for doing it.