Good morning, everybody!
First of all, they're STILL crawling along on the pledge drive. As they used to wrap these things up in a week or so, this is amazing. Secondly, they've recovered enough to start pouncing on minutiae like a crash survivor rejoicing because they found an undamaged candy bar in the glove compartment of a car that has crashed and killed the driver and all the other passengers - AHA! Success!!
Assuming that they're really human, this speaks to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Well, let's get suited up and crack that airlock door, shall we? Everyone stay on the raised walkway this morning - a Brent Bozell article got dropped and spread a thick slime all over the floor. I called Breitbart and asked him if he wanted Bozell's prime slime for his new Hollywood-bashing website, but he advised me that even he has standards. Whatever.
First up - Steele reaches out hand. Freepers produce axe from behind back.
Video Cafe (via Fox News) ^ | Feburary 1, 2009 | David Sunday
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2009 11:17:17 AM by UCFRoadWarrior
Michael Steele, the new chairman of the Republican National Committee wants the GOP to reach out to candidates who support gay marriage and are pro-choice. Steele told Fox's Chris Wallace that it was "important" to reach out to those voters.
WALLACE: You are one of the co-founders of something called the Republican Leadership Council which supports candidates who favor abortion and gay rights.
WALLACE: Does the GOP needs to do a better job of reaching out to people who hold those views?
STEELE: I think -- I think that's an important opportunity for us, absolutely. Within our party we do have those who have that view as well as outside and my partnership with Christy Todd Whittman was an effort to build a bridge between moderates and conservatives.
and slap them.
The information is out there.
If you are surprised that the RNC hired a RINO, then you have not been paying attention.
The only way to maintain a conservative site is to start banning Michael Steele supporters.
"Because what the Republican Party needs is more crazy. And a blacklist."
Well, as Free Republic stages their re-enactment of the killing of Julius Caesar, we'll get on to more putrid confections after the jumperooni.
Next - Obama shows of his foreign-ness at State Department (actual thread title)
Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 24 January 2009 | EC
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 5:26:26 PM by nysuperdoodle
Am I the only one who finds it creepy when someone shouts out something in some Indonesian dialect and our President answers offhand? Like a native, some would say.
I guess there's nothing that can beef up your foreign policy credentials like actually being a foreigner.
I stumbled across this clip of our new President showing off his "foreign policy credentials" at the State Department. The assembled media titters and chuckles with delight at our new iternational-style President. I thought you all might enjoy it..
Yeah, I remember how badly you guys freaked out when Dubya spoke Spanish that time...
Mirth Certificate hope springs eternal in the Freeper breast. Your papers, please.
What’s the problem? If he’d spoken in French or German would people be getting their knickers in a twist?
Tidak apa apa.
Oh, this should be good.....especially since a free translation of "Tidak apa apa" is: "Lean back (forward?) and grab your ankles - my RINO wants to violate you."
My goodness, they're testy these days. I can't imagine why.....
Reuters ^ | Jan 29, 2009
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:11:51 AM by TomGuy
Initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits increased to a seasonally adjusted 588,000 in the week ended Jan 24 from a revised 585,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said.
Are the Freeperati going to acknowledge that things might not be so hunky-dory in the land of the Free Market?
I thought not.
I consider myself somewhat of a Free Republic social anthropologist, but I had no idea that Freeman Gosden posted there!
A twofer! Welfare-queen bashing AND brown people hating all in one convenient package!!
You know this bozo would be all over Free Republic fishing for sympathy and job ideas if it were his job that just got axed.
What's next here? Oh - Freepers and shoe fetishism!
Style List.com ^ | Posted Jan 29th 2009 at 11:30AM by | Josh Loposer
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 1:29:40 PM by lewisglad
We can hardly believe it, but this strange fascination with all things Sarah Palin still hasn't run its course. Case in point, someone claiming to be Palin's niece just sold a pair of the governor's Naughty Monkey pumps -- that she reportedly bought with her own money (not like all that fancy designer stuff the RNC picked up) -- on eBay for a whopping $2,025. Regularly priced, these heels retail for about $90 -- but put the foot of a thwarted VP candidate in them, and the price skyrockets.
What a tasteless comment! Are you gonna make soup?
Tell me these guys aren't thinking with the wrong head.....
Oh, this next one is a classic - Freepers worry that Obama will cap their $20,000 annual incomes!
Obama’s cap on CEO pay strives to end era of excess
Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 4, 2009 | By Mark Trumbull
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 1:23:21 PM by Oldeconomybuyer
The new pay cap for some of America’s top bankers is rooted in the short-term exigencies of a government bailout, but it also may signal a turning point that affects executive pay for years to come.
On Wednesday, President Obama put a $500,000 limit on annual pay of bank executives whose firms receive government assistance during the financial crisis.
But he also said the new guidelines are “only the beginning of a long-term effort” to realign the way business leaders are paid, beyond the banking industry and other firms getting bailouts.
The announcement comes at a time of public anger about the meltdown of a once-strong financial industry, and as the Obama administration is about to unveil additional bank-rescue plans that are likely to cost taxpayers more than the $700 billion already allocated by Congress.
It also comes as many investors and financial executives say that reformed pay practices need to be part of any long-term solution for the industry’s problems.
“There is a serious problem with compensation [in the financial sector],” says Charles Elson, director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Corporate Governance. Top bankers “convinced the world that they were the smartest human beings on the face of the earth…. It turns out they weren’t all that smart.”
The financial sector has moved to the forefront of the long-simmering national debate over executive compensation, largely because it is receiving the greatest government assistance. But what happens in that industry could set trends that will affect others.
Provided you don’t take taxpayer’s money. When you beg for a handout, the rules change.
Who makes the rules?
I think your pay scale at the local Burger King is safe for now. Unless, of course, you're a Manager.
So the Obama Administration is going to try to set pay in the future for PRIVATE COMPANIES IN THE US TOO..whether they get bail-out money or not?
Can we say UNCONSTITUTIONAL?
Can we say "I've never made more than $40,000 a year in my entire life, but if I publicity fellate corporate executives on a discussion board, I might be one some day!" ?
MAJOR ALARM BELLS HERE!!
For "Major Alarm Bells", read: "I'm a ding-a-ling."
Next up - Even the Freeperati have had enough of Bloody Bill !
William Kristol: The Republicans' Opportunity
The Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2009; 8:41 AM ET
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 11:53:22 AM by lewisglad
President Obama has given Republicans a golden opportunity: Insist on splitting the legislation being debated on the Senate floor into a true short-term stimulus, which can pass quickly, and long-term policy proposals, which require serious debate.
Republicans should stop trying to improve the unimproveable with small-bore amendments to the current legislative package.
Instead, they can point out that Obama is supporting under the guise of emergency legislation a bloated catch-all of stimulus, pork policy.
They can make clear that Republicans will support a real short-term stimulus (pro-growth tax cuts, housing measures and a few targeted spending provisions unemployment and COBRA extensions) that meets Larry Summers’s criteria of being targeted, timely and temporary.
They should introduce such a measure as a substitute -- “The Emergency Economic Growth Bill of 2009” -- and trumpet their vigorous support of it.
And they should insist that all the “energy, health care and education” proposals be debated in an orderly and serious way in the regular legislative process -- not jammed through.
This strategy depends on GOP willingness to slow the process down and to challenge Obama’s arbitrary deadline.
The Republican position should be: We’ll pass on this emergency timetable a real stripped-down emergency stimulus.
But if Obama insists on legislation incorporating an alleged “strategy for America’s long-term growth,” then the country deserves hearings and debate that obviously will take some time.
And Republicans should make clear they cannot agree to limiting debate to a couple of days on such momentous long-term legislation.
In other words: If Obama wants a stimulus, Republicans will give it to him tomorrow.
It’s the president’s and the Democrats’ insistence on incorporating a huge and problematic policy agenda in this one bill that’s delaying action.
Why then, Republicans can ask, is President Obama delaying a necessary, short-term, emergency growth package?
As far as I’m concerned he’s toast as far as deciding what happens to the Republican party. I trust him as much as I do McCain.
And my personal fave:
And lastly, I bring you - Freepers support the troops some more!
Wisconsin State Journal ^ | February 5, 2009 | Pauline Jelinek
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 2:46:06 PM by Diana in Wisconsin
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army is investigating a stunning number of suicides in January - a count that could surpass all combat deaths on America's two warfronts last month.
According to figures obtained by The Associated Press, there were 24 suspected suicides in January, compared to five in January of 2008, six in January of 2007 and 10 in January of 2006.
Yearly suicides have been rising steadily since 2004 amid increasing stress on the force from long and repeated tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The service has rarely, if ever, released a month-by-month update on suicides, but officials said Thursday that they wanted to re-emphasize "the urgency and seriousness necessary for preventive action at all levels" of the force.
An alarmed Army leadership also took the unusual step of briefing congressional leaders on the information Thursday morning.
The big monthly count follows an annual report last week showing that soldiers killed themselves at the highest rate on record in 2008. The toll for all of last year - 128 confirmed and 15 pending investigation - was an increase for the fourth straight year and even surpassed the suicide rate among civilians.
"The trend and trajectory seen in January further heightens the seriousness and urgency that all of us must have in preventing suicides," Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, said of the new monthly number Thursday.
The 24 suspected January suicides include seven confirmed and 17 still being investigated. Usually the vast majority of suspected suicides are eventually confirmed, and if that holds true it would mean that self-inflicted deaths surpassed the 16 combat deaths reported in all branches of the armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations considered part of the global war on terror last month.
In announcing the 2008 figures last week, the Army said it would hold special training from Feb. 15 to March 15 to help troops recognize suicidal behaviors and to intervene if they see such behavior in a buddy. After that, the Army also plans a suicide prevention program for all soldiers from the top of the chain of command down.
Yearly increases in suicides have been recorded since 2004, when there were 64 all year. Officials said they found that the most common factors were soldiers suffering problems with their personal relationships, legal or financial issues and problems on the job.
But Army Secretary Pete Geren acknowledged last week that officials have been stumped by the spiraling cases.
"Why do the numbers keep going up? We cannot tell you," Geren said at a Pentagon press conference last week. "We can tell you that across the Army we're committed to doing everything we can to address the problem."
The relentless rise in suicides has frustrated the service, coming despite numerous attempts to stem the tide through additional suicide prevention training, the hiring of more psychiatrists and other mental health staff, and other programs both at home and at the battlefront for troops and their families.
In addition to suicide prevention programs, the Defense Department also has been working to encourage troops to seek mental health care by reducing the stigma associated with getting help. Officials believe many who need help don't get it because they fear it will hurt their careers.
In October, the Army and the National Institute of Mental Health signed an agreement to do a five-year study to identify factors affecting the mental and behavioral health of soldiers and come up with intervention strategies at intervals along the way.
Here's a chance for the Freeperati to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
Whatever could push soldiers, some on their third and fourth deployments, to such desperation in the year 2008??
No shit? So soldiers were committing suicide - not because their worlds have fallen apart in their absence, or because their wives/husbands have divorced them, or because they have had to pick up pieces of their dead brothers in arms, or even because they never know when they're going to drive past an IED with their name on it, but because all year they were worried about Barack Obama becoming President??
Will these words of moderation and wisdom be heeded?
You mean under the armoured vehicle.
Oh, the same person who made you so prescient as to leap into the minds of soldiers pushed to the breaking point, and ascertain (from your safe location behind your keyboard) that they killed themselves because Barack Obama might possibly get them out of there??
Every time I think I've seen the most odious and self-defecating drivel possible on Free Republic, I see something like this thread.
I wouldn't piss on the lot of you if you were on fire.
Well, that last one made the emergency ventilators and scrubbers seize up, so let's get out of here.
And yes - I know it's before noon.
Let me leave you with a pleasant summer place and cooling breeze - the castle at Turner Falls, Oklahoma.