Please Call Me, Baby

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The evening fell just like a star
Left a trail behind
You spit as you slammed out the door
If this is love we’re crazy
As we fight like cats and dogs
But I just know there’s got to be more

CHORUS:

So please call me, baby
Wherever you are
It’s too cold to be out walking in the streets
We do crazy things when we’re wounded
Everyone’s a bit insane
I don’t want you catching your death of cold
Out walking in the rain

And I admit that I ain’t no angel
I admit that I ain’t no saint
I’m selfish and I’m cruel but you’re blind
If I exorcise my devils
Well my angels may leave too
When they leave they’re so hard to find

CHORUS

And we’re always at each other’s throats
You know it drives me up the wall
But most of the time I’m just blowing off steam
And I wish to God you’d leave me
Baby I wish to God you’d stay
Life’s so different than it is in your dreams

CHORUS

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69 Responses to “Please Call Me, Baby”

  1. Troy Says:

    1st again

  2. sliderblaze Says:

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090201/ap_on_go_pr_wh/war_on_terror

    confirmed

  3. sliderblaze Says:

    ok, Albright is at it again.

    Woefully ignorant — hey pot, the kettle is calling. Once again not so Albright is displaying her ….woeful ignorance.

    Atlas shrugged.
    atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/

    Not many here prolly have seen this, i dug it up myself and didnt here anybody, rush nor hannity talk about it during the 9/11 comish when she said that the Clintons admins highest priority was terrorism, thus defending themselves as not being aggressive enough on terrorism, and, most of the MSM and some Clintonits bout it hook line and sinker. Now, here is what she said in 1999 on the boming of Kenya and Tanzinia…btw, does anyone have any remarks Obama made on this event? Everyone in the Clinton admin, including Albright agreed with this assesment:
    NOTICE THE BOLD…..IT TELLS US EVERYTHING WE EVER NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLINTON ADMIN.

    “Pursuant to your mandate establishing Accountability Review Boards to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the August 7, 1998, bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the two Boards herewith submit their combined report. The two terrorist bombings resulted in the deaths of over 220 persons and injuries to more than 4,000 people. Twelve American USG employees and family members and 40 Kenyan and Tanzanian USG employees were among those killed. Both chanceries and several other buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. The FBI investigation of criminal suspects in the attacks is ongoing.

    Having completed an extensive review in Washington, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, the Boards were most disturbed at two interconnected issues: first, the inadequacy of resources to provide security against terrorist attacks and, second, the relative low priority accorded security concerns throughout the US government — by the Department, other agencies in general, and on the part of many employees both in Washington and in the field. Saving lives and adequately addressing our security vulnerabilities on a sustained basis must be given a higher priority by all those involved if we are to prevent such tragedies in the future.

    The Boards did not find reasonable cause to believe that any employee of the United States Government or member of the uniformed services breached his or her duty in connection with the August 7 bombings. However, we believe there was a collective failure by several Administrations and Congresses over the past decade to invest adequate efforts and resources to reduce the vulnerability of US diplomatic missions around the world to terrorist attacks.

    We wish to commend the particular diligence and professionalism of the US Ambassador in Nairobi, Prudence Bushnell, in seeking security enhancements for the embassy long before the bombing, including efforts to relocate the post away from its vulnerable location. We also applaud the leadership of Dar Es Salaam’s Charge d’Affaires John Lange and the remarkable personal courage of the embassy staffs in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam for their response to the attacks, including countless hours spent in locating and rescuing victims, providing for emergency assistance, and managing to restore embassy operations under conditions of extreme crisis.

    The Boards found that intelligence provided no immediate tactical warning of the August 7 attacks. We understand the difficulty of monitoring terrorist networks and concluded that vulnerable missions cannot rely upon such warning. We found, however, that both policy and intelligence officials have relied heavily on warning intelligence to measure threats, whereas experience has shown that transnational terrorists often strike without warning at vulnerable targets in areas where expectations of terrorist acts against the US are low.

    The security systems and procedures at both posts at the time of the bombings were in general accord with Department policy. However, those systems and procedures followed by all the embassies under the Department’s direction did not speak to large vehicular bomb attacks or transnational terrorism nor the dire consequences that would result from them. Both embassies were located immediately adjacent or close to public streets and were especially vulnerable to large vehicular bombs. The Boards found that too many of our overseas missions are similarly situated. Unless these vulnerabilities are addressed on a sustained and realistic basis, the lives and safety of USG employees and the public in many of our facilities abroad will continue to be at risk from further terrorist bombings.

    In our investigations of the bombings, the Boards were struck by how similar the lessons were to those drawn by the Inman Commission over 14 years ago. What is most troubling is the failure of the US government to take the necessary steps to prevent such tragedies through an unwillingness to give sustained priority and funding to security improvements.

    We are advancing a number of recommendations that deal with the handling of terrorist threats and attacks, the review and revision of standards and procedures to improve security readiness and crisis management, the size and composition of our missions, and the need to have adequate and sustained funding for safe buildings and security programs in the future. We recognize that the Department of State and other U.S. government agencies are already making adjustments and taking measures to enhance the protection of our personnel and facilities abroad. It is clear, however, that much more needs to be done.

    We viewed as our primary and overriding responsibility the submission of recommendations that will save lives of personnel serving at U.S. missions abroad in the future. We ask that you review the recommendations with that objective in mind.

    It has been a distinct honor to serve on these Boards.”

  4. sliderblaze Says:

    fas.org/irp/threat/arb/board_letter.html

    THATS A LINK TO THE LETTER I MUSTERED UP BACK IN 2001

  5. Tenacity Says:

    So far it looks like the Steelers are playing downhill and the Cards are playing uphill on both sides of the ball.

  6. igaveup Says:

    anyone heard of any peep out of sammy? for some weird reason, i think that he will bubble up again.

    maybe the cards are finding their game now?

  7. Katie Says:

    And it looks like Leo has folded. Gone. Giving up.
    http:// naturalborncitizen. wordpress. com

  8. Tenacity Says:

    Is the big Mo shifting? That’s short for momentum, not the big Mich***e.

  9. Tenacity Says:

    Well, Leo has made his contribution and it was a good one. He sees his hand as not good enough to risk his chips so he folded. I won’t second guess him except to say that we as a nation cannot afford to and will not fold. To a certain extent, we are already ALL IN whether we want to be or not. The war on terror is obviously sinister. The war we now fight from within is every bit as sinister and then some. Patriots must take a stand now or our freedom and Republic is history.

  10. Fernley Girl Says:

    Slider,
    The terrorists that did both the bombings came from the same region of Kenya as the Muslims who signed the agreement with Odinga for Sharia law. Seems like, no matter what the issue is, it always comes back to Obama.

  11. Tenacity Says:

    There are 3 kinds of Muslims: overtly radical Muslims; peaceful-passive so-called Muslims that don’t understand the true nature of Islam, and; those that act like their peaceful when they are actually covert radicals. This appeasement approach is going to blow up in our faces big time. The impostor in chief is going to get a lot of people killed on both sides of this equation.

  12. roving Says:

    Did anyone read what Leo said? I always said the FBI and all the others know Obama shouldn’t be president. If they dont know then they need a new line of work.

    The question is why they continue to allow it to happen.

  13. Tenacity Says:

    Okay, I have to say this about Leo. He said that he would not condone violence and that he believes this battle could be won on an intellectual level. If he believed that statement and has any backbone, then he is going underground with his efforts. If he is indeed quitting, then he may be a coward or he may have been lying about what he believed.

    First of all, to me, intellectually means that you try to seek redress peacefully until you are left with no choice. But what kind of intellect believes that diplomacy and/or finesse against tyrants would have a chance of success in the absence of physical strength? Such philosophy is only rhetoric from the lips of those who would weaken us to serve their own purposes. Unless of course it comes from mindless pacifists that are devoid of any perception of reality (delusional fools). Even God accomplishes his goals from a position of the ultimate power and strength.

  14. Tenacity Says:

    Roving,
    Greed or duress? That is the question. Perhaps both.

  15. Tenacity Says:

    I read what Leo said, did you?

  16. justanamericancindy4 Says:

    anyone think that Loe’s sight might of been hacked again?
    not saying it was, just saying that it was before.
    _________
    Obamacrimes new site that was to be open tonight or tomorrow was already hacked into today……

    but they weren’t very good and left a trail with their IP….. printed and sent on to authorities…..

  17. justanamericancindy4 Says:

    sight = site

  18. Katie Says:

    From over at Citizen Wells for those of us not into the game…

    NEWS BREAK_

    Tonight at 10 PM EST Bill Cunnungham – popular Conservative talk show host- will interview Jerome Corsi. His fame started with his Swiftboat exposure of John Kerry. This interview will be on Obama’s eligibility. It is starting to get out finally.

    This can be heard on almost any AM station that carries Rush or Sean. If not you can hear it here:

    http:// radiotime.com/station/s_29610/WNOG_1240.aspx

  19. Tenacity Says:

    Thanks Katie,

    Great game! If Cards had a defense, they would have won.

  20. Troy Says:

    Has Corsi been on yet?

  21. Tenacity Says:

    Troy,
    I don’t believe he has.

  22. Troy Says:

    Thx

  23. Troy Says:

    Cardinals blew it, big time.

  24. Troy Says:

    He said, new stuff happening with Obama BC issue.

  25. Tenacity Says:

    Corsi coming up in next segment. New stuff happening that Cunningham couldn’t believe.

  26. Troy Says:

    NWO wants breakdown of the family…Pelosi doing their work.

  27. sliderblaze Says:

    so what did i miss, i’ll tell you what, Bruce didnt even sing born in the USA….what gives man

  28. Troy Says:

    sliderblaze Says:

    February 2, 2009 at 3:59 am
    so what did i miss, i’ll tell you what, Bruce didnt even sing born in the USA….what gives man
    *********************************************
    He didn’t sing it because he knows his buddy, Obama, wasn’t.

  29. sliderblaze Says:

    lol, fo sho

  30. sliderblaze Says:

    so was corsi on?

  31. sliderblaze Says:

    news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090201/pl_afp/usdiplomacyiransyria_20090201052529

    of course

  32. sliderblaze Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=cznZs-swR9k

    on the heals of that

    Oops: Israeli ambassador to Australia hints at Iran confrontation in a month

  33. Tenacity Says:

    Is Pelosi’s Father a part of the Trilateral Commission. They are a part of the Starkist fortune, correct?

  34. Tenacity Says:

    Corsi coming up still. Not on yet, but soon.

  35. sliderblaze Says:

    gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/02/third-jihad-tells-truth-about-jihadist.html

  36. Troy Says:

    Lmaooo….He said Olberman gave him projectile vomitting and explosive diarhrea

  37. Katie Says:

    Keith Oberman = “projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea”. Gee Bill, what do you REALLY think?

    I LOVE this guy!!

  38. Katie Says:

    Troy – GREAT MINDS… LMAO

  39. Troy Says:

    Hehehe

  40. sliderblaze Says:

    he said sucked

    bout them steelers…..at least one pa team got there and got it done…freakn eagles….

  41. sliderblaze Says:

    Phelps apologizes. hmmmm, all he had to do is say he didnt inhale

  42. Troy Says:

    Nothing new there at all.

  43. Tenacity Says:

    The only thing that did was get it in front of a few people that may not have heard it before.

  44. justanamericancindy4 Says:

    Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for ’emergencies’

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87757

  45. Tenacity Says:

    Slider,
    1 play that changed the whole game…Harrison’s runback for TD. Longest play in SB history. He broke tackles and didn’t run out of steam. That guy is not a d-back, he was on the line and dropped back into coverage. It was truckin’ pretty good. Most guys would have died at about the 30 yard line.

  46. Katie Says:

    Nothing to see here folks…move along.

    If you took out half the commercials, this show would last about 45 mins. Guess they’re trying to make a profit (you know, what Obama says businesses shouldn’t be doing at this time) while we still have freedom of speech and freedom to listen.

    Hopefully Tenacity there were a lot of people hearing it for the first time.

    As for Phelps. “It was a mistake” – sounds just like Geithner, Daschle, Google, and all the rest. Useless as ___ on a boar as my hubbie would say.

  47. Tenacity Says:

    Katie,
    That’s one of my favorite sayings.

  48. justanamericancindy4 Says:

    Well i thought almost all of the Bo voters were ones that drank the kool-aid….. but I just got done reading an article about Palin and the comments were telling.

    Many said they voted for BO because they would not vote for a woman no way no how ,in any leadership position.

    They attack us accusing racism and they are sexist… which they think is acceptable…… woman were even saying this….. what stupid goofs

  49. j.b. Says:

    http://obambi.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/the-george-soros-master-plan/

    If you haven’t seen this, please watch it. If you don’t want to access it throught this website it is also available on Fox News/Glenn Beck.
    It is Glenn Beck on the current status of OUR dollar.
    Seriously. Watch it. Thanks and g’night.

  50. j.b. Says:

    “The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world
    will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas — a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish,
    and the ideals to which we are dedicated.”

    — Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) —

  51. Katie Says:

    Tenacity Says:
    February 2, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Katie,
    That’s one of my favorite sayings.

    _______________

    Why am I not surprised?! G’night all.

  52. susiezen Says:

    steelers stole the game…ggrrr, Im losing my passion for football….too much badness going around to really enjoy the game….plus I dont like the steelers….oh well, a bit like last years big game…for all you NE patriot “dislikers” Tom Brady suffered staff infecion {mersa} likely he will ever play the same, or again for that matter..aawww

  53. NEConservative Says:

    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The big news on Capitol Hill on Friday is that President Barack Obama is considering appointing pro-life Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire as his Commerce Secretary. While it may appear that Obama is showing common ground on abortion, the move could make it very difficult for pro-life advocates.

    The pro-life movement is very concerned about the potential for passage of the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that would make unlimited abortions the national law and overturn 36 years worth of pro-life state laws that are reducing abortions.

    Should Gregg accept a potential appointment, pro-abortion New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch would appoint his replacement.

    With a House and Senate controlled by abortion advocates, the only potential for stopping the FOCA bill could be a filibuster by pro-life senators. If Senator Gregg leaves the Senate and is replaced by a pro-abortion lawmaker, that ability to hold up the pro-abortion bill becomes more complicated.

    Republican lawmakers in Congress and New Hampshire are urging Senator Gregg to stay in the Senate, though their efforts may be made more difficult by the fact that the senator has what most observers believe is a very difficult re-election bid in 2010.

    Sen. Jon Kyl, a pro-life Republican from Arizona, noticed how Obama’s crafty selection of Gregg could undermine pro-life filibuster possibilities and he told the new web site Politico that a Gregg nomination would be a “sneaky” way to remove a senator from the chamber.

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs cautioned on Friday that Obama has yet to make an official decision but observers say Gregg will likely accept the administration post if the president offers it to him.

    Some lawmakers are hoping to convince Governor Lynch to appoint a Republican to Gregg’s seat if he accepts the nomination, though there is no guarantee the replacement would be pro-life.

    “If we were to reduce the number of Republicans by one, that would make a big difference,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, explained to Politico. “I like the idea of 41 Republican senators a lot better than 40. And I like the idea of Judd Gregg being in the United States Senate rather than him not being.”

    The pro-life movement does as well.

  54. NEConservative Says:

    Scientists Say First Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial Has Problems

    by Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews.com Editor
    January 29, 2009

    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Last week, the Food and Drug Administration suddenly reversed course following the inauguration of President Barack Obama and approved the use of embryonic stem cells for human trial. Now, some scientists say the research is not yet ready for prime time.

    Embryonic stem cell research has never cured or helped any patients to this point. Only the use of adult stem cells and treatments derived from them have cured or reduced the effects of any diseases or conditions afflicting patients.

    The Food and Drug Administration has given biotechnology company Geron Corp., based in California, permission to conduct the first-ever human trial for a treatment derived from the controversial cells.

    But Evan Snyder, a neuroscientist who heads up the stem cell research center at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in San Diego warns that the research, which involves 10 spinal cord patients with injuries the company hopes to treat with an experimental drug containing embryonic stem cells, may not be ready for humans.

    “There’s a lot of debate among spinal cord researchers that the pre-clinical data itself doesn’t justify the clinical trial,” Snyder, who is working on using neural stem cells himself, says.

    Snyder says the mice Geron used to conduct pre-human trial research had more excessive injuries that scientists would normally prefer to see prior to trying the procedure on human patients.

    He suggests that Geron should have done experiments involving larger animals before seeking FDA permission to use the controversial embryonic stem cells in humans.

    Those concerns existed as early as 2005 and may not have been addressed.

    Snyder said then that Geron should do more animal testing first to make sure the tests would be on the same injuries humans have.

    “I’m not convinced they have done that yet,” Snyder said.

    Jerry Silver, a neuroscience professor and stem-cell researcher at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, told Knight Ridder back in November 2005 that Geron was moving too fast and needed to do more tests on animals before seeking human patients.

    “Frankly, I cannot conceive of a human trial with the use of human embryonic stem cells following immediately from experiments in rodents only,” he said then. “Many treatments that work in rodents to alleviate disease fail miserably in humans.”

    Bioethicst Wesley J. Smith says he’s concerned the FDA didn’t make Geron offer more proof its experiments were ready for human trials.

    “Why wouldn’t the FDA require such work as they usually do in approving new drugs? Indeed, when the FDA said no to Geron last year, I expected successful larger animal work would be a necessary precondition to obtaining the FDA’s approval,” he said.

    Smith is worried the decision may have been made for political rather than scientific reasons — ironic given Obama’s complaint that the Bush administration did the same thing.

    He said some noted the decision may have been political “coming as it did within days of the change of the presidential guard.”

    “I wasn’t among those, but perhaps I should have been more cynical,” he says. “The FDA should be above politics. I hope that it was in this case. Otherwise, if things go wrong, the moral consequences will be on the commissioners’ heads.”

  55. NEConservative Says:

    From national review dot com

    Me: Hey, if Obambi can win, maybe we can nominate this KLAUS guy 😉

    Václav Klaus, Straight-Up [Jay Nordlinger]

    We are up to Part III of my Davos Journal (which is over on the homepage). There’s much more to come next week. But may I give you a little sneak preview here? A group of us met this afternoon with Václav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, which has the presidency of the European Union at the moment.

    I asked Klaus something about global warming: “Al Gore calls people who disagree with him ‘deniers.’ I heard him do this just yesterday, in the Congress Center.” (The main forum here in Davos.) “Some of us think that a parallel to Holocaust deniers is intended, or implied. What do you think?”

    Klaus said, “Al Gore knows that I’m the most important ‘denier’ in the world. But he met with me here for two hours, and we had a normal, friendly discussion. I am a ‘denier,’ even if I dislike that term. I don’t think there is any global warming. I don’t see the statistical data for that.” (Klaus, incidentally, is a professional economist and statistician.) “I don’t believe in the results of the IPCC” (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

    When it comes to the climate, “there are competing theories. I’m very sorry that some people, like Al Gore, are not ready to listen to the competing theories. I do listen to them.”

    Klaus has published a book called “Blue Planet in Green Shackles: What Is Endangered: Climate or Freedom?” Klaus told us that the answer is freedom — freedom is endangered — adding, “I imagine National Review would understand what I mean.” I replied, “Actually, there are differing views about global warming at National Review.”

    Another journalist present said, “What freedom do you mean? What freedom is endangered?” Klaus pointed to her and said, “Yours, mine, [turning to the World Economic Forum representative] the moderator’s. The freedom of publications like National Review.”

    A different journalist, with high-pitched indignation, said, “Are you saying that Al Gore is threatening freedom?” Klaus answered, “More or less. Environmentalism and the global-warming alarmism are challenging our freedom; Al Gore is an important person in this movement.”

    About the international financial crisis, Klaus said, “I am more afraid of the ‘reforms’ that will result from the crisis than I am of the crisis itself. I’m afraid that the current crisis will be misused for radically constraining the functioning of the markets and market economies all around the world. I’m afraid of the potential consequences of overactivity by politicians,” as those politicians “try to win votes by pretending that they are coming to the rescue.”

    Klaus later said that, as a rule, “it’s difficult to make a good regulation” — a regulation that is helpful rather than harmful.

    I will have more Klaus in the Davos Journal next week. By the way, is there a national leader today whom you respect more?

    01/31 01:02 PM

  56. NEConservative Says:

    also from nro.com
    RE: Rendition [Mark Hemingway]

    Buried in that LAT article on rendition Jonah linked below is a flip-flop from Human Rights Watch that would impress even the East German judge. Here’s Human Rights Watch in April of last year:

    The US government should:

    ·Repudiate the use of rendition to torture as a counterterrorism tactic and permanently discontinue the CIA’s rendition program;

    ·Disclose the identities, fate, and current whereabouts of all persons detained by the CIA or rendered to foreign custody by the CIA since 2001, including detainees who were rendered to Jordan;

    ·Repudiate the use of “diplomatic assurances” against torture and ill-treatment as a justification for the transfer of a suspect to a place where he or she is at risk of such abuse;

    ·Make public any audio recordings or videotapes that the CIA possesses of interrogations of detainees rendered by the CIA to foreign custody;

    ·Provide appropriate compensation to all persons arbitrarily detained by the CIA or rendered to foreign custody.

    Now here’s Human Rights Watch in the era of Hope and ChangeTM:

    “Under limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place” for renditions, said Tom Malinowski, the Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. “What I heard loud and clear from the president’s order was that they want to design a system that doesn’t result in people being sent to foreign dungeons to be tortured — but that designing that system is going to take some time.”

    (via Dissenting Justice)

    02/02 02:35 AM

  57. rosettasister Says:

    An Honest Man at the Washington Post

    “Too Little Bang for The Bucks”

    By Robert J. Samuelson
    Monday, February 2, 2009; A13

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/01/AR2009020101001.html

    The decision by Obama and Democratic congressional leaders to load the stimulus with so many partisan projects is politically shrewd and economically suspect. The president’s claims of bipartisanship were mostly a sham, as he skillfully maneuvered Republicans into a no-win position: Either support a Democratic program, or oppose it — and seem passive and uncaring.

    But the result is that the stimulus, as an act of economic policy, is hobbled. A package so large can be defended only because the economy is so weak — and seems to be getting weaker by the moment.

    The central purpose is simple: halt downward momentum. Perhaps some of the out-year spending might ultimately prove useful. But the immediate need is for the stimulus package to stimulate — now. It needs to be front-loaded; it isn’t.

    Obama’s political strategy fails to address adequately the economy’s present needs while also worsening the long-term budget outlook. Some of his “temporary” spending increases in practice will almost certainly become permanent. There were tough choices to be made — and Obama ducked them.

  58. rosettasister Says:

    “Senate Begins Stimulus Debate”

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30511

    The most notable Democrat press release came just Friday from Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), exposing the first real crack in Democrat support.

    “I am working with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to try to redirect the major stimulus bill to boost more job creation spending and trim non-stimulative items,” Nelson said.

    “For example, there’s $75 million for smoking cessation, $345 million for Agriculture Department computers and $100 million for Energy Department computer research. This isn’t about pork, but it may be about sacred cows.”

    “Partisanship Dominates Stimulus Package”

    http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/02/02/top_stories/doc4986ec5359282517077307.txt

    “Our goal is to have a bill that is both bipartisan and effective. That’s what we want. There’s no doubt that the American people don’t want to see partisan politics in this debate,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told CNN. The Northeast Republican has teamed up with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., to fight for a compromise this week.

    Mrs. Collins described the current stimulus as a “Christmas tree” in which lawmakers are using to reward special interests rather than adopting policies targeted at revitalizing the ailing economy. And though some of the programs may be beneficial, she believed now was not the time or the pass to fund them.

    “A lot of these programs are worthwhile. But we have to focus on what the impact is on the economy and whether or not the spending creates or saves jobs. That’s the question. That’s the test that needs to be passed,” she said. Mr. Nelson concurred.

    “I like parts of it,” he told CNN’s John King, arguing the funding for infrastructure was a positive for the economy. “But there’s an awful lot of spending in it that I think is questionable, marginally supportive and stimulative for jobs.”

    Though Mr. Obama did not craft the House bill, nor the bill to be debated this week in the Senate, he has lobbied extensively for the bill’s passage and has not intervened to make sure the spirit of bi-partisanship was being adhered to. And while not a mistake, Mr. Nelson believed Mr. Obama had to extend a longer olive branch.

    “Well, I don’t know. It’s pretty hard,” Mr. Nelson said. “I think what he needs to do, and has been doing, is reach out to everybody to get their ideas. Then he has to decide whether he can support those ideas.”

  59. rosettasister Says:

    From CBS

    Harry Smith spoke with Sen. John McCain about what changes the GOP would like to make to President Obama’s stimulus plan.

  60. rosettasister Says:

    http://www.cato.org/special/stimulus09/cato_stimulus.pdf

    “There is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jumpstart the economy.”

    — PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA, JANUARY 9 , 2009

    With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.

    Notwithstanding reports that all economists are now Keynesians and that we all support a big increase in the burden of government, we do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance.

    More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

    More government spending did not solve Japan’s “lost decade” in the 1990s. As such, it is a triumph of hope over experience to believe that more government spending will help the U.S. today.

    To improve the economy, policy makers should focus on reforms that remove impediments to work, saving, investment and production.

    Lower tax rates and a reduction in the burden of government are the best ways of using fiscal policy to boost growth.

  61. rosettasister Says:

    FYI

    Cato.org

    Daily Podcast

    http://www.cato.org/dailypodcast/podcast-archive.php

    Weekly Video

    http://www.cato.org/weekly/

  62. rosettasister Says:

    Found at Jeff Schreiber’s blog:

    http://www.americasright.com/2009/02/failure-so-far.html

    “Fastest Failure Ever?”

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30507

    It’s up to the president now: he can let the Senate Democrats follow the House into failure and join them in it. Or he can, uncharacteristically, lead them to redraft the stimulus package and make it one that will much more likely to help the economy.

    Our economy cannot afford another trillion-dollar mistake. And, politically, neither can our new president. It would be far better for him to delay the package in order to make it work than to rush headlong into failure, following Pelosi, Reid and Schumer.

  63. NEConservative Says:

    Sarah Palin: The case for drilling in ANWR
    February 1, 2009

    I AM DISMAYED THAT LEGISLATION HAS AGAIN BEEN INTRODUCED in Congress to prohibit forever oil and gas development in the most promising unexplored petroleum province in North America — the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in Alaska.

    Let’s not forget: Only six months ago, oil was selling for nearly $150 per barrel, while Americans were paying $4 a gallon and more for gasoline. And today, there is potential for prices to rebound as OPEC asserts its market power and as Russia disrupts needed natural gas to Europe for the second time in three years.

    As I traveled throughout the country campaigning for vice president, I was glad to hear politicians, including Barack Obama, promise that “everything was on the table” to address America’s great challenges. I also found that when Americans were apprised of the facts, most people became supporters of responsible oil and gas drilling in Alaska. So, I want to remind our national leaders of this promise and make the case against this legislation:

    •Oil from ANWR represents a huge, secure domestic supply that could help satisfy U.S. demand for more than 25 years.

    •ANWR sits within a 20 million-acre refuge (the size of South Carolina), but thanks to advanced technology like directional drilling, the aggregated drilling footprint would be less than 2,000 acres (about one-quarter the size of Dulles Airport). This is like laying a 2-by-3-foot welcome mat on a basketball court.

    •Energy development is quite compatible with the protection of our wildlife and their habitat. For example, North Slope caribou herds have grown and remained healthy throughout more than three decades of oil development. Most of the year, our coastal plain is frozen solid and thus characterized by low biological productivity.

    •ANWR development would create hundreds of thousands of good American jobs, positively affecting every state by providing a safe energy supply and generating demand for goods and services.

    •Development here would reduce U.S. dependence on unstable, dangerous sources of energy, such as the Middle East, and would decrease our huge trade deficit, a large percentage of which is directly attributable to oil imports.

    •Incremental ANWR production would help reduce energy price volatility. Previous price disruptions demonstrate how even relatively low levels of oil production influence world prices.

    •Federal revenues from ANWR — cash bids, leases and oil taxes — would help reduce the multitrillion-dollar national debt, and we’d circulate U.S. petrodollars in our own country instead of continuing to send hundreds of billions of our dollars overseas, creating jobs and stronger economies in other countries.

    The development of oil and clean-burning natural gas isn’t a panacea. However, this development should be authorized in comprehensive legislation that includes alternative fuels, fuel efficiency and conservation.

    Americans know that gasoline and other refined crude oil products will keep fueling our transportation system for the foreseeable future. Further, the soaring prices of food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and other products graphically illustrate the importance of petroleum to the health and well-being of America.

    Another important reality is that the location and quantity of oil production are drastically changing world geopolitics.

    Energy-producing countries are rapidly gaining world power. Several of these countries have objectives and value systems that are antithetical to U.S. interests.

    Washington politicians should be horrified as we become increasingly dependent on these insecure, foreign sources while our U.S. petrodollars finance activities that harm America and our economic and military interests around the world.

    If we don’t move now to enact a comprehensive energy policy that includes domestic oil and gas production, including ANWR, we will look back someday and regret that we failed to perceive a critical crossroads in the history of America. It’s not overly dramatic to say our nation’s future depends on the decisions made by the federal government over the next few months.

    Polls show a majority of Americans now support responsible energy development in Alaska. Unfortunately, some disingenuous special-interest groups are still fighting the public will in Congress.

    Americans, please contact Congress and ask that all options stay on the table as we formulate our needed energy plan. Remind politicians about their promises to increase domestic oil and gas production.

    Sarah Palin is governor of Alaska.

    © 2009 Star Tribune. All rights reserved.

  64. rosettasister Says:

    “Officials Congratulate Iraqis for Successful Provincial Elections”

    http://media-newswire.com/release_1085436.html

    Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, issued a statement yesterday in which he applauded the work of everyone involved in the effort to have a successful election.

    “Congratulations to the Iraqi Government, the Iraqi Security Forces, the Iraqi people, the United Nations, the international observers, and Coalition elements for their concerted efforts in making today’s provincial elections an event of which all Iraqis should be proud and an effort the world should applaud,” Petraeus said.

    The “elections are a cause for celebration as we salute the millions of Iraqi citizens who took to the streets to exercise their fundamental right to self-determination, said Petraeus, who commanded Multinational Force Iraq before assuming his current position.

    “As we honor the courage and resolve of the Iraqi people who walked miles to a polling station and braved long lines and security concerns, I know that I can speak for all those who have been privileged to work with our Iraqi partners in the ‘Land of the Two Rivers’ in saying to the people of Iraq: ‘Mabruk,’” Petraeus said, using the Iraqi word for congratulations.

  65. susiezen Says:

    So, so what if three of obamas appointed leaders in his cabinet owe hundreds of thousand to the irs {and probably a lot more$$$}
    who knows how long these scofflaws have been evading their taxes….are they going to pay penalties…better yet why not AUDIT THE ENTIRE OBAMA STAFF!!!
    I was audited last year, and it was a pitch fork up my ass for weeks until it was over. I had to prove and reprove every dime that came in and went out!!
    what do these privleged DempcraPs have to prove….nothing, because we let them get away with their lying and thievoery STEALING FROM THE VERY GOVMNT THEY UPHOLD AND DEFEND.

    what kind of people are running THE US…immoral unethical, lying CROOKS

  66. justanamericancindy4 Says:

    Good afternoon everyone 🙂

  67. justanamericancindy4 Says:

    Susie

    There has always been crooks in Government since the beginning..
    We are just hyper sensitive to the squeeking wheel because we are watching the pot boil.

    Yes, it is time for us to demand changes, it is a different world today.
    With technology, the ones that represent us could have an almost instant feedback of our opinoins. So our opinoins should count even more. We should be able to be more proactive in Government decisions…
    just my 2 cents

  68. rosettasister Says:

    New Thread:

    https://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/veteran-journalist-comes-away-from-davos-with-extreme-depression/

  69. Tucker82254 Says:

    I wonder, when I file my taxes this year, if I can write a big “I’M SORRY” across my tax return in bright red letters and not pay what I owe, will they forgive me and let me not pay it for several years, without penalty and interest, and without getting audited to boot? Maybe, “RANGEL’S RULE” will do the trick.

    I will feel offended and discriminated against, if they don’t. 😉

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