If only it weren't such a pain in the tush to deal with ...
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Where has this Obama been?Obviously Mr. Blow has been too busy of late writing silly stuff like that to actually pick up a newspaper. Had he he would have seen these headlines:
Since the State of the Union address, the president has been bounding about, displaying a new sense of vigor and confidence and a fighter’s spirit. He almost looks like the president people thought that he would be — a paladin, not a pacifist.
Lost in TranslationThat, so you know, was written by Charles Blow of the New York Times a week ago.
He’s still stuck on studious.
He seems to believe that if he does a better job of explaining his aggressive agenda, then he’ll win hearts and minds. It’s an honorable ambition, but it’s foolhardy. People want clear goals, clearly defined and clearly (and concisely) conveyed. They’re suspicious of complexity.
Republicans know this well. Obama knows it not.
The audacity of nope"What incredible pettiness" is an odd response. The Times, which has generally been on the right side of the continuing Congressional earmark scandal (an outrage that lives on despite Obama's promise to end the practice), should have stuck to the waste and greed angles. Pettiness, after all, is what Congress - and the president, for that matter - are into these days. If Shelby were being petty here, he'd fit right in with the rest of the easily piqued prima donnas in the Magic Kingdom.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has been holding up a bunch of President Obama's nominees - according to some reports going so far as to take the unprecedented step of putting a hold on every single one. Why such a stunning level of obstructionism, even from the Republican Party, which has taken obstructionism to unheard of heights?
Shelby is upset because Obama blocked spending for a couple of multimillion earmarks he got passed.
That's right: A Republican senator is holding up Obama's nominees as part of a hissy fit over canceled pork barrel projects for Alabama. What incredible pettiness.
The audacity of nope reaches new heights. [link]
The fiscal woes of Europe's so-called peripheral economies—Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Italy—have sparked intense worry in recent days about a possible debt default or need for a bailout by stronger European nations.I understand the need for the jobs reporting such as it is, but it still leaves a big hole in the data. Someday some really smart person is going to figure this out ...
Markets got a brief break from the selling after the U.S. Labor Department reported that the U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 9.7%, but investors were ultimately confused by the figures, which also showed that the world's largest economy continued shedding jobs in January.[my emphasis] [link requires subscription]
What to do on an airplane when you find yourself seated next to a real jerkAs much as you might want to do it sometimes, don't. The flight attendants will freak. And then there's that nasty prison thing.
1. Take out your laptop.
2. Slowly open your laptop.
3. Turn it on.
4. Make certain your neighbor is watching.
5. Open your internet browser.
6. Close your eyes for a few moments, open them and then look up to the sky, or the heavens if you will.
7. Breathe deeply and open this site.
8. Look at the expression on your neighbor's face.
Conyers wants Haiti relief official demoted over diversity deficitAlarmed and chagrined. I have to tell you, I'm alarmed and chagrined every time this idiot gets reelected by the people of Detroit. I don't know if the republic can withstand it.
By Molly K. Hooper, The Hill
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to demote the official coordinating Haiti relief efforts for not having enough minority staffers.
The House Judiciary Committee Chairman sent a letter to Clinton on Thursday after Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, showed up at a meeting with the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus without any African American staffers in tow.
“I was alarmed and chagrined to learn that none of the approximately dozen staff he brought with him were African American,” Conyers wrote in the letter. “This is so serious an error in judgment that it warrants his immediate demotion to a subordinate position at AID.” [link]