• Mitt Romney is the GOP's best bet. Yes, he is not terribly warm and fuzzy, and appears a bit awkward at times. But I doubt that he would walk the beach in wing tips.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Osama bin Laden is Dead over 3 years ago

    We got the bastard! Hooray! Congratulations to President Obama, the intelligence community, the operation planners, and to those who executed the mission so bravely and efficiently.

    It was heartening to how so many of our citizens were celebrating excitedly  and patriotically last night - at ground zere, at universities, at the White House and other locations.

    Morning pundits noted that so many of these celebrants were young people. Of course, like me, the old people were asleep in bed.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post The Candid Obama over 3 years ago


    Last Wednesday, President Obama delivered an excellent address on the deficit, budget cuts, and American values. As part of his solutions, he proposed tax increases. But he didn't say "tax increases". Instead, he referred to:

                                   "reducing spending in the tax code"

    I consider this linguistic atrocity to be an impeachable offense.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post State of the Union - GOP Response(s) over 3 years ago

    Bachmann'sWaiting for Michele Bachmann to explain how our country's founders worked tirelessly to give women the right to vote. 

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Senate Outlook a week out over 3 years ago

    " Ken Buck: I 'Disagree Strongly' With The Separation Of Church And State"

    Should we elect anyone who is against the Constitution he will be sworn to uphold? 

      homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post A Failure of Government over 4 years ago
    Democrats Abandon Comprehensive Energy Bill

    Giving up without a fight? If we can't pass legislation limiting carbon (and encouraging renewable energy resources) after overwhelming evidence of climate change and the Gulf of Mexico disaster, when can we?

    President Obama should fight for a strong, effective bill, within the government and with a public campaign. Then, the Senate Democrats should force the issue, letting the Republicans mount an actual filibuster, if they dare.

  • comment on a post Shirley Sherrod, A Story of Redemption over 4 years ago

    Fox News Strikes Again

    Remember that Fox News touted a partially faked video that got governments to denounce and renounce ACORN? Fox False News has now helped to cause an unjustified firing of an USDA employee, Shirley Sherrod.

    The video clip at the center of the controversy received widespread attention when it aired Monday night on Fox News, but it was first reported that morning in a story by Brietbart on BigGovernment.com. Taken completely out of contest, the video seemed to show that Sherrod, an African- American, had discriminated against a white farmer, withholding some benefits.

    Without hearing Sherrod's side of the story and without viewing the full video, which showed her to be without bias, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack called for her immediate resignation. his precipitous action was reportedly backed up by the White House.

    This injustice may be reversed, but what does it show about Obama's administration.? Afraid of Fox News and Glenn Beck? Is the White House really cool and cerebral? Where is Rahm EmanueL? Isn't he running this administration?

    homer  www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Dos Vedanya Tovarischa Anna Chapman née Kushchenko over 4 years ago

    The US and Russia worked out a sensible exchange of spies. But I think that, instead of Vienna, they should have exchanged them on Berlin's Glienicke Bridge.

    homer  www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Japanese PM Hatoyama To Resign over 4 years ago

    He resigned because he failed to fulfill his campaign promise. If we followed that model here, Washington would be empty.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post CT-Sen: Big trouble for Blumenthal over 4 years ago

    related fake news



    Connecticut Attorney General and author Richard Blumenthal announced today that he would be returning his 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature. It had been won for his acclaimed best-selling novel, "From Here to Hanoi", a gritty tale of life in the jungle and on the streets of Saigon during the Viet Nam war.

    Unfortunately, said Mr Blumenthal, some misplaced words and passages had given the impression that he had been heavily involved in fighting in that war. This was not the case and Mr. Blumenthal took full responsibility for the mistakes. He added that he would now be devoting full time to public service, working to ensure honesty and transparency in government.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post John Paul Stevens Announces Forthcoming Retirement over 4 years ago


    The Republicans will probably fight against any nominee except maybe Captain Sully

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Open Thread over 4 years ago


    Republicans and Democrats met yesterday at Blair House and discussed health care reform for over 7 hours.  I watched most of it, which I guess shows that I have no life. All those hours of politicians with their talking points  - but it was surprisingly interesting.

    Republicans were respectful in their opposition to the health care reform bill even though their main point was the Congress should start over- from scratch after almost a year of legislative work. Then, they also asked that the Democrats forswear the use a majority vote to pass the bill.  This strategy seems like the Bush diplomacy tactic of demanding that the other country give up its positions before we'll negotiate with it.

    Again and again, the Republicans said that the American people oppose this huge bill. Some polls do show this, but, no wonder, after Republicans and Teabaggers havemisled the public, with talkof government takeover and death panels.

    The Democrats were moderate in defending the proposed bills, with many pointing out that the legislation includes many provisions that Republicans had favored. President Obama presided, sometimes conceding value in a Republican point, sometimes explaining part of the bill and its rationale, sometimes correcting Republican misstatements.  At all times, he demonstrated command of the issues and command of the room.

    The meeting was a positive event and somehat instructive.  No significant positions were changed; the Republicans really offered nothin to cover most of the uninsured and rally want just to kill the bill. The Democrats showed no inclination to include the logical and clearly popular public option, but seemed resolved to get this job done.

    Interestingly, after months of Republicans complaints that Obama did not live up to his campaign promise of transparent negotiations broadcastby C-Span, this event was not covered by C-Span.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post An Administration in Retreat over 4 years ago

    for posting this video.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post An Administration in Retreat over 4 years ago

    "The Obama administration is no longer insisting on the creation of a stand-alone consumer protection agency as a central element of the plan to remake regulation of the financial system"

    It is also expected that Obama may abandon the quest to keep banks from making speculative investmrnts, or even engaging in proprietary trading.


    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • The highlight was to be Sarah Palin's speech, and the highlight it was. The Alaskan Barbie was in great form and the audience loved it, handing her many ovations.

    The speech itself was in no way historic or substantive. But it was a fitting keynote speech, better than one that might be given here by, say, Newt Gingrich, or at a gathering of Democrats by,say, Al Gore. Palin criticized Obama and his policies and filled her speech with platitudes and tea party beattitudes.

    The conventioneers got what they paid for.


    homer  www.altara.blogspot.com


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