Archive for February, 2010

Desiree Rogers out Julianna Smoot in

February 28, 2010

February 27, 2010

Rogers’ comments to Lynn Sweet
WH statement re: Rogers leaving

Sure didn’t take long. Why? It’s the weekend.

Wonder if anyone has tallied how many press releases/announcements/resignations have come on the weekend or right before a holiday.

As hinted at, Julianna Smoot replaced Desiree Rogers as Deputy Assistant to the President and Social Secretary. Deputy Asst to the president? Hopefully that will include teaching him protocol and simple etiquette.

Smoot worked as Chief of Staff for US Trade Representative Ron Kirktax evader.

Statements from TIME – nothing on WH site.

POTUS [again just a first name]

Julianna shares our commitment to creating an inclusive, dynamic and culturally vibrant White House, and Michelle and I are pleased to have her join our team.

FLOTUS per Susan Sher:

Julianna Smoot brings extraordinary organization and people skills to the role, and sharp attention to detail – all attributes critical to the highly complex responsibilities of the White House Social Secretary. I know that she will continue on the path of creating beautiful events and opening up the White House in new and creative ways that have been established this past year. I’m pleased to welcome her to the East Wing.


I am humbled and excited to take on the role of White House Social Secretary and support the Obama administration in a different capacity. Over the last year, I have had the honor of building relationships in the international community through my work at USTR, and I am looking forward to implementing this experience at the White House.

Why Ms Smoot?

She was barry’s finance director aka megamoney raiser for his presidential campaign, who now wants to work out of the WH.

She has worked for Tom Daschle (another tax evader) as well as John Edwards, Schumer, Durbin, Reid and Rockefeller.

Canada’s women’s hockey team shows little girls how to celebrate (pix)

February 27, 2010

February 26, 2010

An Olympic-sized What Were You Thinking?

2010 Olympic Hockey Gold Medalists – Team Canada setting an example for Olympic hosts and little girls everywhere.

Note the pink ice.

(Below) Haley Irwin, Tessa Bonhomme


Marie-Philip Poulin, Tessa Bonhomme

(Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Haley Irwin, Meghan Agosta

(Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Gillian Apps


Meghan Agosta


Rebecca Johnston (09/24/89)

(Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Haley Irwin, Meghan Agosta

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Charline Labonte, Kim St-Pierre, Tessa Bonhomme, Marie-Philip Poulin

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Becky Kellar, Meghan Mikkelson, Colleen Sostorics

(Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Meghan Agosta, Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette

Meghan Mikkelson, Haley Irwin

(Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Kim St-Pierre, Caroline Ouellette

Marie-Philip Poulin, Kim St-Pierre, Charline Labonte

Jayna Hefford, Gillian Apps

How bipartisan a summit was it?

February 27, 2010

February 25, 2010

barry and his team actually practiced for this made for TV trying to make up for C-span lie event.

And how bipartisan was it by the mere number of minutes each side spoke vs listened?

Dems 70%
Reps 30%

barry talked more than all the Republicans combined.

Total minutes
Republicans = 111
Democrats =257
barry = 122
Minions = 135

As usual – optics and words by barry don’t match up with reality.

Unusual –  CNN pointing it out.

President Obama spoke for a total of 122 minutes at the summit.

Mr President, is your birth certificate in here somewhere?

February 27, 2010

February 25, 2010

Birth certificate posts

Throughout the summit, barry showed what he considers “power” – addressing folks by their first name and not their titles.

[I did a post on this, which included Chris Matthews, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd’s comments, but it’s disappeared. Matthews was surprised by barry’s disrespect, Guthrie thought he was being “commanding”.]

Ever the gentleman, barry chats away at Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), while she balances the massive healthcare bill and her bulging briefcase.

Who is Rep Blackburn?

She is one of the 11 co-sponsors of Rep Bill Posey’s barry soetoro birth certificate bill. [HR 1503]

Rep John Kline (R-MN) next to Rep Blackburn

Official White House Photo

WH statement re: Desiree Rogers’ departure

February 27, 2010

February 27, 2010

Julianna Smoot replaces Rogers
Rogers’ comments to Lynn Sweet

A nice personal statement from two friends to another.

Joint FLOTUS-TOTUS statement: [emphasis added]

We are enormously grateful to Desiree Rogers for the terrific job she’s done as the White House Social Secretary.  When she took this position, we asked Desiree to help make sure that the White House truly is the People’s House, and she did that by welcoming scores of everyday Americans through its doors, from wounded warriors to local schoolchildren to NASCAR drivers.  She organized hundreds of fun and creative events during her time here, and we will miss herWe thank her again for her service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Would you want this recommendation to give to your new boss?

Does this sound, especially the impersonal final sentence, like a fond farewell to someone they have known for years?

14 months + 330 events + years of alleged friendship = 4 sentences, 96 words, 4 we, 2 Desiree, 4 she, 5 her.

Can’t get much clearer…Rogers didn’t want to leave. They’re divorcing themselves from Rogers like they have everyone else who got in their way.

Lynn Sweet: Desiree Rogers leaving WH

February 27, 2010

February 26, 2010


Julianna Smoot replaces Rogers
WH statement

Enough time has passed for the WH to get rid of Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. Her downfall began the day she [basically] fired the employee responsible for the guest list. Said the position wasn’t necessary. It took three crashers to the State Dinner for her to learn why the position existed and why previous State Dinners weren’t invaded by folks not invited.

Her “resignation” was announced in the same “transparent” fashion as always – on a weekend – this being the last weekend of the Olympics.

And now there is no reason she can’t be “invited” to appear before the Homeland Security Committee to tell the truth about what happened.

LYNN SWEET reports a personal conversation she had with Rogers on Friday.


As we turn the corner on the first year, this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world.

[It has been] an honor and a privilege to serve this president and First Lady, in what has certainly been a historic presidency.

There’s that word “historic”. Whatever barry does is historic – unfortunately for him historians are going to use in a very different way.

When I took on this assignment, we talked about the importance of creating the people’s house. My work was really to create this framework. I think I completed that work. Our office has been able to lay the foundation for what will be known as the ‘people’s house’ and it has already taken shape.

Typical of barry people – change the name or the logo of something that already exists and then call it “the first”.  It’s always been called The People’s House because it belongs to the people. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy made sure of it by getting Congress to pass a bill designating the WH furnishings property of the Smithsonian not the p/residents.

As for the crashers?

Sweet, like the rest of the media, mentioned the white crashers and said nothing about Carlos Allen, who is black.

The incident at the State Dinner was not a deciding factor. But it did show me a side of the job and of Washington that I had not seen before.

‘Deciding factor’ means there was more than one screw up and more than one reason.

Sweet gives a hint of who might be the replacement and why.

I’ve been told by several sources that Rogers will be replaced by Julianna Smoot, the chief of staff to the U.S. Trade Representative who was the Obama presidential campaign chief fund-raiser.

Business as usual.

According to Wiki:

  • Smoot raised $32.5 million during the second quarter of 2007
  • Finance director for then Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle
  • Finance director for Sen John Edwards’s 1998 senate race
  • Worked for Dick Durbin and Jay Rockefeller

Dick Button: “The hellebores are out!”

February 27, 2010

February 25, 2010

Dick Button has switched his footwear yet again. First the humongous black orthotic shoeboots, then the dress shoes and then Timberland style boots, which did not look as big as the black ones.

Lester Holt, in reference to Button’s lime green button down shirt: I like your shirt.

Button: It’s springtime. I came out this morning and it was just lovely weather!

Jansing: Trees blossoming.

Button: The hellebores are out!

Jansing: [no clue] There you go.

Hellebores are spring flowers. Button lives on a farm.

Photo “Christmas Rose”


The foliage has a curious resembance to another popular plant…

(Photo 1, 2)

HC Summit: Sen McCain sticks it to POTUS (video)

February 26, 2010

February 25, 2010

barry without TOTUS is a laugh waiting to happen and Senator McCain was more than willing to oblige. McCain brought up barry’s campaign promises and how he has not carried them out. barry’s pledge (8 times) to televise the healthcare debates on C-Span, to Change! old Washington (which he still doesn’t grasp is him), his special not-so-backroom deals with various politicians and the unions and Big Pharma, whose lobbyist was at the White House. barry of course is not pleased because he’s never wrong.

[Check out the angry woman behind Sen McCain.]

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BARRY: Let me just make this point, John, because we’re not campaigning anymore. The election is over.

MCCAIN laughing: I’m reminded of that every day.

The truly funny part was the spin barrymedia put on the exchange. They thought McCain was bitter about having lost the campaign when he was laughing about how he’s reminded of who he lost to because of the disaster that has resulted.

CHUCKIE: We in the media assumed that they were going to become chums.

Of course – everybody likes Mikey barry.

CHUCKIE: You see this personal animosity that is there between them….Maybe the most honest moment we heard from anybody was when John McCain said: ‘I’m reminded of that every day.’

HARDBALL: That I lost.

CHUCKIE: That he lost. Every losing president never gets over it….that’s what John McCain was saying in that moment.

Awesome photo of a staircase

February 26, 2010

February 15, 2010

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

It’s somewhat reminiscent of a harp.

AZ Resolution recognizing the Cubs decision to stay in Mesa

February 26, 2010

February 25, 2010

Arizona legislature passed a resolution thanking the Cubs for not moving their Spring Training out of Arizona..

Senate Resolution 1001

A RESOLUTION recognizing the Chicago Cubs for their positive impact on Major League Baseball spring training, the Cactus League and the State of Arizona.

Whereas, the Chicago Cubs have been an integral part of the Cactus League and spring training in Arizona since 1952; and

Whereas, as a result of their rich history in our state, the Chicago Cubs have become an adopted treasure of Arizona; and

Whereas, the Chicago Cubs have drawn millions of baseball fans to spring training games during this time, both at their facilities and those of other Cactus League teams around Arizona, and have played in eight of the ten highest attendance Cactus League games in history; and

Whereas, on average the Chicago Cubs draw nearly twice as many spring training fans as any other Cactus League team, both at their stadium and those of all other teams, providing a significant, reliable economic benefit to the entire state; and

Whereas, as the most popular team in the Cactus League, the Cubs have a disproportionate economic and fiscal benefit to Arizona, nearly $53 million annually over and above any other spring training team; and

Whereas, the Chicago Cubs have an annual economic and fiscal impact to the state’s economy of more than $80 million, which supports hotels, restaurants, retail stores and many other businesses; and

Whereas, the Chicago Cubs are a nationally and internationally known organization that brings tremendous recognition and value to Arizona; and

Whereas, the Chicago Cubs are indeed deserving of appreciation for their many years of sports entertainment and contributions to the Cactus League and the state of Arizona.


Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona:

1.  That the Members of the Senate honor the Chicago Cubs for their many years of history in our state and their outstanding contributions to Arizona.

2.  That the Members of the Senate recognize the tremendous economic and cultural benefits the Chicago Cubs bring to the entire state of Arizona.

3.  That the Members of the Senate realize the importance of the effort to retain the Chicago Cubs as members of the Cactus League, both to the vitality and strength of the league and the Arizona tourism industry.

4.  That the Secretary of State transmit a copy of this Resolution to the Chicago Cubs.

McCain ad links Hayworth with Taitz & Berg

February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010

birth certificate posts

Here’s a chuckle.

Tipped off by commenter azgo.

Sen McCain ad links his challenger JD Hayworth with Phil Berg and Orly Taitz at her most wound up (Tamron & Shuster). Not sure who the target audience is.

These are serious economic times, yet some are consumed by conspiracies.

The only difference between these people?

Only one is running for the U.S. Senate.

Hayworth’s evolving statements (text/video):

(1-26) On Hardball, he said barry should produce his BC.

(2-16) On Campbell Brown, he said he’s not concerned with “some esoteric argument about birth certificates and eligibility” and then called it a matter of identity theft.

AZ birth certificate bill passes first hurdle

February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010


Birth certificate posts
Passes second hurdle (Apr 19)
Birther bill critics: Rep Sinema, SoS Bennett

And that’s probably as far as it’s going to get.

Arizona State Rep Judy Burges (R-Skull Valley) introduced a bill (along with 39 other Republicans) back in January that would require the presidential/VP candidates to submit an affidavit and sufficient documents to prove they meet the Constitutional requirements for the Office of the Presidency. The documents would then be scrutinized by the Secy of State. If  s/he is not satisfied, then the candidate’s name can be withheld from the ballot.

In other words, useless digital images of something not vouched for by Hawaii and separate versions of the Certifications of Nomination will no longer be sufficient.

HB 2441 amends Statute 16-507 [compare], which deals with the placing of presidential candidates’ names on the ballot.

1-Party must provide the Secretary of State with written notice of their nomination for Pres/VP:

2-The candidate himself must swear to his (no need for her) eligibility and the Party has to back it up with actual documents – not digital images and 48 year-old birth notices .

3-The Secretary of State would then review the submitted documentation and if s/he has “reasonable cause” to believe things aren’t kosher then s/he can withhold the name from the ballot. Something not included in Rep Posey’s (R-FL) bill.


AMENDMENT SUMMARY: [emphasis added]

Requires that written notice from a national political party committee for a presidential candidate that is entitled to representation on the ballot be sent to the Arizona Secretary of State (Secretary), that contains the party’s nomination of candidates for president and vice-president.

States that within 10 days of the submittal of the names of the candidates, the national political party committee shall submit an affidavit of the presidential candidate which states the candidate’s citizenship and age.

Stipulates that presidential candidate affidavit include documents that prove:

  • That the candidate is a natural born citizen.
  • That the candidate’s age.
  • That the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in the United States Constitution.

States that the Secretary shall not place that candidate’s name on the ballot if upon review of the affidavit and other documents submitted pursuant to this Act, the Secretary believes the candidate does not meet the citizenship, age and residency requirements prescribed by law.

Makes a technical change.

Doesn’t detail “reasonable cause” or what documents serve as “proof”. Will be the focus of voting no.

Passed 2-22-10 in the House Subcommittee on Government by a vote of 6-1 (2 absent).

Now it’s up to the House proper – 90 members.

[Comprehensive or brief explanation of how a bill becomes law in AZ.]

Only one Democrat had the courage to show up and vote on record.

Vote Member
Vote Member
Frank Antenori Y Chad Campbell N Tom Chabin
Adam Driggs Y David Gowan Y Warde Nichols Y
Anna Tovar AB Steve Montenegro Y Judy Burges Y

Why would anyone vote no?


Why would Democrats vote no when the US Senate thought it necessary to pass a non-legally binding resolution declaring Arizona Senator John McCain a natural born citizens?

Why wouldn’t they want to keep foreign-born felons off the ballot, like Nicaraguan-born Socialist Roger Calero?

Empirically, it makes no sense. They are lawmakers sworn to uphold the Constitution, which is exactly what this bill would ensure.

So why are they objecting?

It only make sense if they know with certainty that a specific presidential candidate would not be able to provide sufficient proof to pass the Secretary of State’s sniff test.

And since no one has declared their intention of running, it can only mean the incumbent…barry.

The Democrats behavior is absolute proof they know that the digital image COLB is bogus and that Nancy Pelosi committed fraud when she signed two different versions of the official certifications of nomination.

If little people in Arizona know – everyone in Congress knows.

And if by some miracle someone in the media were to ask the dissenting Democrats to justify their objections about a bill that is designed solely to safeguard the Constitution?

barry pix of the day: Want fries with that?

February 24, 2010

February 24, 2010

Smile, be happy, avoid heart disease

February 24, 2010

February 24, 2010

Karina Davidson
Columbia University Medical Center
10 year study of 1700 healthy men and women

First study to show independent relationship between positive emotions and the incidence of Cornary Artery Disease.

Happy = 22% less likely to have a heart attack or suffer symptoms of heart disease

And if eating makes them the most happy?

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Haven’t read the study but that’s a lot of variables to line up.

How was happiness (enjoyment, satisfaction) assessed/scored?

Subjective vs objective vs physical findings vs labwork/EKG vs family history vs home-work environments?

If the subject is happy, the people around them are happy.

A happy external environment has physiologic benefits far beyond internal happiness, which is dependent on brain chemistry.

Folks with “normal” brain chemistry experience “happiness” a notch above the baseline.

Depression resides below the baseline making “normal happiness” physiologically impossible.

Happy translates to less unhappy = closer to the baseline.

With mania, “happiness” begins a notch above and keeps going.

Extremes, yes, but it illustrates happiness cannot always be chosen or the perception of it controlled or reliably quantified.

Peterson trial date June 14, no hearsay ruling

February 24, 2010

February 23, 2010


Avalanche airbags

February 24, 2010

February 23, 2010

Airbags that can be deployed by the skier or activated through wireless remote by fellow skiers in the event of an avalanche.

ABS Avalanche Airbag $1,000

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Avalanche deaths this year
Austria: 15
Switzerland: 13
Canada: averages 11/year

Don’t know if they have any actual stories where it worked.

MTP: Gen Petreaus on DADT (video/text)

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Don’t ask don’t tell posts

Meet the Press: Final segment David Gregory asks Commander, US Central Command Gen Petreaus about DADT.

Gen mentions gays are allowed in the FBI and CIA. Never considered it. Are they allowed to be completely out?

Gregory tries to get him to commit – Gen sidesteps saying he’ll be testifying and will answer “if asked at that time.” He “doesn’t think it has gotten enough prominence” and (similar to Gen Casey) he wants to wait till the process has been completed so he can be fully informed. I get a sense he doesn’t think it will be repealed as in “if it does come to that”.

Do the troops care? He’s “not sure that they do.” He’s served with gays/lesbians and was only concerned with their effectiveness as a soldier (he mentions the guy shooting and the woman thinking) “but we’ll see.”



Royal Canadian Mounted Police on parade

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

The Mounties are coming…the Mounties are coming…


Gen Casey DADT: “We don’t know the effect on readiness and military effectiveness”

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Don’t ask don’t tell posts
MTP: Gen Petreaus (video/text)

Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen George Casey appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee re: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Their testimony was different than Adm Mullen’s and Secy Gates. They oppose an official moratorium and Gen Casey would prefer to study the issue like Secy Gates outlined previously.

Sen Lieberman (I-CT) plans to introduce a bill next week that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

What matters is not the gender of the other person in your unit or the color or the religion or in this case the sexual orientation. It’s whether that person is a good soldier you can depend on. And that’s why I think it’s going to work.

Washington Post/ABC poll (Feb 4-8)

Ok for gays to serve in military without disclosure?
Yes 83 – No 15

Serve with disclosure?
Yes 75 – No 24



I do have serious concerns about the impact of the repeal of the law on a force that’s fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for eight and a half years. We just don’t know the impacts on readiness and military effectiveness. And that’s why I fully support what Secy Gates has laid out. I’ll fully participate in that. And then I feel like I can provide my informed military judgment to the Secretary of Defense, to the President and to Congress.

As far as a moratorium on discharging folks?

I would recommend against it. We would be put in a position of actually implementing [a repeal] while we were studying implementation. And I don’t think that would be prudent.

They can do it informally like they have been with Lt Col Fehrenback and Lt Choi – who was asked back to train with his unit.

SECY MCHUGH (who clearly wants no part of it and declined to give a personal opinion)

We have any number of cases under way pursuant to the current law that would be greatly complicated were there a moratorium. But if it were passed, obviously we would follow through with that.


I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Others to weigh in per CNN

Top US commander in Iraq GEN RAY ODIERNO:

Everyone should be allowed to serve … as long as we’re still able to fight our wars,and we’re able to have forces that are capable of doing whatever they are asked to do.

Wonder what MAJ GENERAL CUCOLO thinks about lesbians serving in his unit? He wouldn’t have to worry about them getting pregnant – unless of course they’re raped by the men under his command.

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, ADM GIAMPAOLO DI PAOLA, said having openly gay servicemembers is “working out quite well” in other NATO countries.

Questions about sexual orientation have not undermined unit cohesion or combat readiness. Sexual orientation is a personal matter, not a matter for state policy.

The Marines are understandably another matter. I wonder if someone has kept track of the number of gay Marines who have served without detection and with distinction.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, GEN JAMES CONWAY:

Our Marines are currently engaged in two fights, and our focus should not be drawn away from those priorities.

And how many servicemembers were discharged who could be accompanying the Marines in the fight?


Approx 65,000 active gay servicemembers

Since DADT implemented in 1993 more than 13,500 discharges

Since barry’s been in office = 428 discharges (169 women, 259 men)

And get this – the highest year for discharges was 2001 = 1,227.

How many were Arabic linguists?

From 2004-2009:

  • 800 mission-critical troops
  • At least 59 Arabic linguists
  • 9 Farsi linguists

Why is it the servicemembers who are interviewed don’t have a problem serving with gays?

Lt Col Fehrenbach’s unit had no idea – so how could his personal life be affecting the “good order, discipline and morale” of his unit?

How is it even possible for a decorated veteran of 19 years who has survived 88 combat missions to be anything other than a positive influence?

And it’s not like gays and lesbians would suddenly be joining up – they’re already there.

And what is the need for separate housing?

Are males soldiers that worried about sexual advances?

They don’t seem to have any problem raping women.

Put the money toward guards to prevent straight men from raping the women. And house the gay men with women. Maybe then they both can sleep the night in peace.

When is the Army going to discuss the effect rape of 1 in 3 women has on good order, discipline and morale?

Women who stop drinking fluids in the afternoon in 100 degree heat so they won’t have to get up at night to use the facilities. I read somewhere that at least one woman had died because of dehydration but I haven’t been able to confirm it. [Anyone know please let me know.]

Just think about that. Dying of simple dehydration because they were afraid of being raped by their fellow soldiers. How is what they are doing any different than Sharia? They are raping women and getting away with it. This makes me so angry.

And when is Congress going to hold hearings and grill these same men about rape in the military aka Military Sexual Trauma?

When is Sens Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein going to speak out like they have been about DADT?

Sen Lieberman to introduce legislation to repeal DADT

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Don’t ask don’t tell posts

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) statement regarding his intent to introduce legislation to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: [emphasis added]

I will be proud to be a sponsor of the important effort to enable patriotic gay Americans to defend our national security and our founding values of freedom and opportunity. I have opposed the current policy of preventing gay Americans from openly serving in the military since its enactment in 1993. To exclude one group of Americans from serving in the armed forces is contrary to our fundamental principles as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and weakens our defenses by denying our military the service of a large group of Americans who can help our cause. I am grateful for the leadership of President Obama to repeal the policy and the support of Secretary Gates and Chief of Staff Admiral Mullen.

Video: Iranian police kicking and beating students

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Clear evidence that Iranian police went to Tehran University and rounded up male students after the June 12 elections. The video, dated June 15, was shot by a security member not a protester. It’s pretty clear he was intent on documenting the violence though it’s not clear how this video got posted. The students were rounded up and placed in a big pile and photos were taken of them. What is unknown is what happened to the young men after the video. There are a few men’s faces that are very clear – hopefully someone can identify them.

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Congratulations to whomever uploaded this. Hope you are safe.

Herb Brooks pre-Miracle speech by 4 y/o “Rizzo”

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Wonder if Team USA and the 1980 team have seen this. Herb Brooks pre-game locker room pep talk before the miracle as delivered by 4 y/o Josh Sacco, nicknamed “Rizzo” after Captain Mike Eruzione. Love the suit.

Compare the two:

Kurt Russell




Loser Plushenko strips for crowd (hilarious video)

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Thanks pleshenkosux. This is absolutely hilarious.

Plushenko’s exhibition exhibition performance from 7-8 years ago. He does as much skating as he did the other night and this time needs to take his clothes off so the audience doesn’t notice he can’t do anything but jump. The prop missing? A pole.

Courtesy of Lenkaka

(3:22) Peggy Fleming: Makes his feet look really small!

Nice try Tiger

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

His speech was a joke. He can’t possibly think he convinced a single woman with his paused “I’m sorry”. He wasn’t the least bit sorry – he was angry he had to do it. Even his mother sat there with her arms crossed. The only good that came out of it is he cleared his wife of any domestic violence. She did nothing wrong and yet she and her children get followed and harassed everywhere they go. No words – sincere or not – can fix that.

What do John Daly & Team Norway Curling have in common?

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Funky pants.

John Daly is not a man for understatement as his pants indicate. He began wearing them last year after he lost a huge amount of weight. They’re made by Loudmouth Golf and go for $90 a pair.

“Shagadelic Black” & “Disco Balls” [supply your own joke] Daly - BMW PGA Championship

Stuart Franklin, Andrew Redington, Getty

“Red & Gray” & Red, White & Blue

John Daly 2009 Italian Open Round 3

Stuart Franklin/Getty

Norway men’s curling team has been sporting their own Loudmouth Pants in a sport that needs a little liveliness. The simple explanation – they were looking for pants in their country’s colors: red, white and blue and ran across these pants. So popular are they – the pants have their own Facebook page and the Today Show folks wore them one morning.

Can you name who’s who?

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Evel Jeans

The USA team hasn’t faired so well.

Maybe they’ll think about adding these.

Appropriately named “Evel Jeans”

POTUS approval rating minus 19

February 23, 2010

February 22, 2010

Rasmussen poll

Somewhat approve 45
Disapprove 54

Strongly approve 22
Strongly disapprove 41

Why is a lying Muslim terrorist sympathizer still working for the WH?

February 23, 2010

February 20, 2010

*Updated: Recall how Mazen Asbahi, barry’s first “National Arab American and Muslim American outreach coordinator” had to quit (Aug 08) because of his connections to Jamal Said, radical Sharia-loving imam at the Muslim Brotherhood controlled mosque in Bridgeview, IL. Wouldn’t be surprised if he was at the same meeting as Hussain.*

When is this going to stop? When is the media going to see what is going on and make a stand? One would think a terrorist sympathizer in the WH would be enough but it appears not.

barry named Rashad Hussain a “special envoy” to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC being the largest voting bloc in the UN  (57 muslim states), which is trying to make criticizing Islam a crime. And very soon there may be such a law in Europe.

So why is the President of the United States even acknowledging them?

In 2004, at a meeting of the Student Muslim Association in Chicago, Hussain spoke out in defense of Sami al-Aryan, the admitted Jew-killing terrorist leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Hussain said the prosecution of al-Aryan was a “politically motivated persecution” that was being ‘used politically to squash dissent”.

At the time, Hussain was a Yale Law student and an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

And what did al-Aryan do?

Pled guilty.

Hassain’s words were quoted in an article, MSA Conference’s Civil Rights Session in the ‘Washington Report on Middle East Affairs‘, but were then removed. [Original article – scroll down] The editor, Delinda Hanley, could not recall who asked her to remove the words (allegedly because of a misquote), but thinks it was done in Feb 2009, not long after Hussain was named Deputy Associate Counsel to the White House.

When initially asked about the quotes, the WH said the remarks were made by al-Aryan’s daughter.

[Hussain] certainly doesn’t recall making that statement. He was on the panel to talk about his legal writing on civil liberties. Ms. Al-Arian spoke about her father.

And what did al-Aryan have to say?

I don’t remember Rashad being there. It’s possible that the quote could have been misattributed.

Another liar.

The author of the article, Shereen Kandil, who incidentally works for barry, clearly remembered Hussain saying it:

If I quote someone, it is because they said it.

She then went on to say she was never notified about the deletion:

If the editors from WRMEA felt they wanted to remove Rashad Hussain from the article, my assumption is that they did it for reasons other than what you are saying. [misquoting]

FOX went to the WH with Kandil’s response and suddenly Hussain remembered being at the conference but as far as what he was quoted as saying “he has no recollection”.

And then the story changed again.


Politico obtained a tape [has to be more] of the meeting and sure enough it was Hussain and he gave quite a dissertation.

Hussain’s memory suddenly improved:

I made statements on that panel that I now recognize were ill-conceived or not well-formulated.

He only now recognizes? And had he not been caught?

As for who called the editor?

None other than Hussain:

When I saw the article that attributed comments to me without context, leaving a misimpression, I contacted the publication to raise concerns about it. Eventually, of their own accord, they modified the article.

It took him 5 years to read the article? And then he forgot about what he said? And only now recogizes that what he said was “ill-conceived or not well-formulated”?

What does that mean exactly? That he still believes what he said but should have phrased it another way? Someone needs to press him to make a definitive statement of what he believes about the exact words he said.

The truth?

He contacted them so he could get a job with the Justice Dept and the White House.

How many other calls do you think he had to make?

And what did the Justice Dept do to vet him?

Feb 22 press briefing;

Q    On another issue, on Friday Rashad Hussain said, “I made statements to the panel” — in ’04 the White House has defended his appearance at — “that I now recognize were ill-conceived, not well-formulated,” this in reference to a man convicted of supporting — or raising money for a terrorist organization.  Were you misled?  Do you maintain confidence in this man the President wants to be his delegate to the Islamic conference?

MR. GIBBS: We continue to have confidence.  The statement says that the judicial process has concluded and that he has full faith in the outcome of that judicial process.  This is an individual that has written extensively on why you have — why some have used religious devices like the Quran to justify this, and why that is absolutely wrong, and has garnered support from both the left and the right.  So we continue to obviously have confidence.


Just like they did with Daschle and Van Jones.

It’s just one more example of barry’s “superior judgment”.

What happened to those 100-page vetting questionnaires?

What Hussain initially said is one thing – the WH lying for him, his own denials, his attempted coverup by having the quotes removed and his suddenly remembering is another, especially when he made the call just a year ago.

Hussain is a flat out liar.

He is a terrorist sympathizer who denied it until he was caught.

He is a deputy associate WH Counsel who was appointed special envoy to a group that wants to abolish free speech.

And he is still working for the President of the United States.

What more do y’all need to wake up to who barry is?

90% Americans have favorable opinion of Canada

February 22, 2010

February 21, 2010

Interesting timing. Canada most favorable – Iran least favorable. Who are the 10% who have a favorable opinion of Iran?

2010 Country Favorability Ratings

Feb 1-3, 1025 adults, +/- 4.


Olympics: USA vs Canada hockey

February 22, 2010

February 21, 2010

1980 was one thing, but tonight was absolutely the best hockey game I’ve ever watched…the occasion, the venue, the NHL-sized rink, the fans, the unmatched level of action in the first period right from the puck drop and the commentators/analysis (Eddie Olczyk and Jeremy Roenick). The best thing that could have happened for the US was that quick goal. Miller was beyond amazing as were the defensemen in front of him – especially in the last five minutes of the third period.

The main question was: Why wasn’t team Canada pressing like that all game or at least in the beginning of the 2nd period when team USA was flat? That barrage was better than all their power plays combined.

Brodeur can’t be blamed for everything…like the fifth goal. The first went off Crosby’s skate and another off a stick. But he was responsible for Drury’s goal after Pronger knocked our player into him and Brodeur decided to whack him instead of getting in position. Unbelievable considering the stakes of the game. And Team USA’s direct pressure on Broduer’s stick handling led directly to Rafalski’s second goal.

I foresee a goalie change. Why didn’t Babcock have Roberto Luongo in net considering it is his town and his ice rink? The advantage could not have been clearer and it would have been one more thought in the back of Team USA’s mind.

Most shocking was why Team USA was considered such an underdog. Team Canada wasn’t at all considered an underdog in Salt Lake City. The USA had handily won the previous games and Team Canada squeaked by the Swiss in a shoot out. Had the team that appeared in the last 5 minutes of the game started the game and played like that throughout Team USA would have been decimated.

Another oddity – the chant of USA – USA was easily heard over Go Canada Go and for a great deal of the time the Canada fans sat on their hands. I get they were shocked with the loss and were (justifiably) flat out angry with how their team allowed Kesler to get that an empty net goal when there still was enough time to tie it up, but you have to cheer your team on for next time. The pressure on Team Canada (and all the Canadian Olympians) already was unbearable but it increased exponentially after losing and they should have received a rousing ovation as they left the ice. The players know how they let the whole country down and that would have been the lift they needed to know the country is still behind them and believe in them.

Honestly, I feel bad for Team Canada. How much joy are they getting from playing at home vs being stressed from the expectation of winning the gold? I would have been perfectly fine if we lost that game. And believe it or not, I hope Canada wins the gold. Americans have gotten their miracle in hockey – something that can never be outdone even if they were to beat the Canadians.  And even though we don’t appreciate the contempt the whole country has for American NHL players and American hockey in general — which makes no sense because Canadian players come to US colleges to play and without the NHL the world wouldn’t know how great Canadian hockey players are — we know that in Canada hockey means everything.

It’s the one thing that separates American Olympians from all the other countries. Yes, winning is great and they are rewarded for their efforts – as they should be – but if the Olympian doesn’t win there is no national outrage or shunning of the athlete. Although the media puts pressure on them to win and at times flat out expects them to win, the pressure they put on themselves is worse than anything external.

Take Michelle Kwan. Hands down one of the greatest figure skaters in the history of the sport – in and out of the Olympics – but she never won the Olympic gold and she is no less loved because of it. What person, let alone nation could make her feel worse than she already did herself?

Bode Miller is another. He’s considered one of – if not the greatest – American skier and he completely blanked in Torino. He was clearly out of shape, didn’t look interested, didn’t even finish his runs and admitted to Olympic-sized partying. Yes, the press was all over him. Yes, his answers were less than forthcoming. But he wasn’t shunned out of the sport and he is back this Olympics and has gone 3 for 3, including getting his first gold. Would he have been able to do that if the entire nation had been outraged?

Granted, the attitude has a lot to do with the fact that the US sends a lot of Olympians and many of them win medals. It would probably be different if we only had a few and they lost. Can’t know.

I’m a Cubfan and quite honestly don’t care if we ever win the World Series. I care that the players respect their opponents, run to first base even on routine outs, not stand at the plate admiring something they’re getting paid to do, play the outfield without fear of the wall, challenge doubles, put the bunt down, understand how many outs there are, know how to run the bases, play good defense no matter how they are hitting and most of all appreciate Wrigley and the fans. That to me is what it means to be a Cub.

The flags on the pole mean more than any trophy could because those players: Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg and Greg Maddux (during his time with the Cubs) played with heart and to the best of their ability every single day – even when they were in last place. They played for the love of the game and respected its history and their opponents.

No World Series win could match Ron Santo’s induction into the Hall of Fame before he dies. There is no doubt that if he hasn’t been inducted while he is living, he will be after he passes. Everyone in baseball knows that, especially the Veterans’ Committee. Their not electing him reflects their own desire to keep their club exclusive. What type of sportsmanship is that? I have absolutely no respect for Joe Morgan, George Brett (he wasn’t on steroids and/or amphetamines when he charged out of the dugout after his pine tar bat was discovered?), Johnny Bench, Jim Palmer or Tom Seaver.

Don’t know how I ended up there.

I guess I wanted to point out that most Cubfans, when the Cubs are out, root for the Cardinals. Same with the Bears and the Green Bay Packers. We don’t like to lose, but when we do, we pull for our closest rivals.

There are five Blackhawks in the Olympics: Kane for the US, Toews, Seabrook, Keith (why aren’t they paired up on defense?) for Canada and Hossa and Kopecky for Slovakia. Hawk fans are rooting for all of them to do well. All three Canadians outplayed Kane tonight.

There are eleven standout (positive) moments in this Olympics for me and four involve Canadians: kd Lang’s performance of fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, tonight’s hockey game, Alex Bilodeau‘s win of the gold (although I was hoping it would be Jennifer Heil), Jon Montgomery‘s singing of “O Canada”, Chinese pair skaters ShenZhoa and their coach winning the gold, Johnny Spillane‘s silver and Todd Lodwick‘s performances in the Nordic combined, Anja Paerson‘s courage to continue skiing despite her crash, Aksels Svindal‘s amazing comeback and the absolute joy it brought his father, JR Celski‘s comeback and his brother, US Army Lieutenant David Celski, getting to watch in the stands, Skip John Shuster‘s classiness despite the ignorant-of-curling Twitter rage, and topping the charts – Slovenia’s cross country skier Petra Majdič’s superhuman determination to ski – let alone capturing the bronze – with four broken ribs and a collapsed lung and her insistence on receiving the medal in person despite having a chest tube. She epitomizes what it means to be an Olympian.

Americans root for other athletes – above all Canadians – when there are no Americans left in the event. We want you to do well. We want you to win. We want your athletes to have fun at home like ours did in Salt Lake. And we want your country to be proud of all your Olympians whether they win or not.

All of Canada needs to rally behind their hockey team more than ever. Take some of the pressure off them so they can enjoy their experience on home ice. Don’t trash them on air. Tell them you’re behind them 100% no matter what happens. They can’t do it without you and you need to cheer even louder when they’re down.

Whatever happens you can’t let the shouts of USA be heard over Go Canada Go. How do you think your players felt when they heard that in their own house? You can lose your voice for a day can’t you?

Anyone who tuned into that game became a fan of hockey and the Canadian people’s absolute fantaticism and what’s better than rooting against Americans?

I hope the gold medal match is between our countries but for that to happen you absolutely have to get behind your team when they play Russia and our team has to keep winning. If we do meet up, I hope you come away with the Gold after a game that is even better than tonight’s.

The US and Canada womens’ hockey teams, however, are another matter…

Wiki: “Barack initially followed his Muslim father’s religion”

February 20, 2010

February 20, 2010