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life
It seems Obama and the Democrats (including my guy Bill Richardson) have shown themselves to be just a different flavour of the corrupt political mob that we had before. But I guess we figured that'd be the case. That's why I didn't vote for either of the major parties...



Excerpts from columnist Michelle Malkin:


All the President's Tax Cheats


You never get a second chance to make a first post-inaugural impression. Less than three weeks into his first 100 days, Barack Obama has left an indelible mark on his nascent presidency: the mark of incompetence and hubris. Despite the administration's much-touted wealth of bright minds and high bars, the transition has been a complete disaster.

In a double whammy on Tuesday, tax troubles and ethical clouds forced the withdrawal of not one but two high-profile Obama nominees. These come on the heels of former Commerce Secretary-nominee Bill Richardson's withdrawal due to a pay-for-play probe in New Mexico and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's "tax goofs" involving his failure to pay $43,000 in federal self-employment taxes for four separate years -- until, that is, he was nominated for the Treasury post. Thorough vetting, it seems, is an inconvenient process -- a pesky "distraction," if you will -- in the Land of Hope and Change.

Health and Human Services Secretary-designee Tom Daschle finally bowed out after aggressive rehabilitative efforts failed. His chummy Senate pals on both sides of the aisle may have been willing to forgive his failure to pay longstanding back taxes owed on limo services, undisclosed consulting fees and dubious charitable donations worth an estimated $146,000, including interest and penalties. But the American people were not.

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Just before the Daschle announcement came the withdrawal of Nancy Killefer. She was tapped to be President Obama's "Chief Performance Officer," overseeing compliance, organizational effectiveness and waste management across every federal agency. But the former Clinton Treasury official and head of the prestigious Washington office of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Inc., couldn't be bothered to manage her own household help effectively. She failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes and had an outstanding tax lien on her home.

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"The bar that we set is the highest that any administration in the country has ever set."

Then how, pray tell, did all the president's tax cheats make it past the front door?

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The buck stops at the desk of Barack Obama. A little of that humility and personal responsibility he spoke so much about during his inaugural address is now in order.

Bill Richardson backs Obama

life
My main man, Bill Richardson has endorsed Obama...  and if Obama goes to the White House, I suspect Richardson will get there with him....  as V.P. perhaps ?  Or definitely in the cabinet.

I think he may need to ditch that beard, tho.

From Time.com:

bill richardson barack obama

Open quoteI believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America's moral leadership in the world.Close quote

  • BILL RICHARDSON, former Democratic presidential hopeful, endorsing Illinois Democrat Barack Obama

Bill Richardson drops out

life
Ack! My candidate, Bill Richardson has dropped out of the race. I was just over on YouTube and happened to see these Richarsdon ads.... He's at a job interview in the ads, which I can relate to. They're funny.


thoughts after watching NH results

life
I stayed up late and watched the NH results. A few thoughts:

Clinton - wow. Surprised she won. At her victory speech, she looked like she packed the room with young people... trying to show how much they should start voting for her instead of Obama. She's such a politician... capable of anything in order to win... even crying. I don't think I could take seeing Bill standing in the back for 4 or 8 years. I'm sick of Clintons.

Obama - A good speaker. Harvard grad. He should know better not to smoke. He'll be the VP candidate.

Edwards - good speech. A bit of a southern drawl going getting ready for South Carolina. I like him... But maybe a little too good looking for my liking. Too telegenic. Too politician.

Richardson, Kucinich, Gravel - why are the good guys all so disliked ?

McCain - I'm glad he won. He's real. Not a great speaker. Deserves to be president. Would be a strong leader. Too bad he's a republican. I like that he's a maverick and some republicans don't like him. His supporters were a bit embarassing with chants of USA USA and Mac is Back... Great looking wife. Mmmm.

Romney - a likeable guy but again too perfect looking. Too much of a newsanchor look. Politician. I think he's a breadhead in it to be big business' best buddy. Good looking wife.

Huckabee - another real likeable guy. Too bad about his political beliefs, tho. His wife could be better too.

Giuiuiuiliani - don't count him out altho he should've tried harder in NH. Poor showing

Paul and Thompson - bye bye

Bill Richardson

life
Excerpts from a Concord Monitor story:

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"Bill Richardson is unanimously everybody's second choice," said Howarth, of Keene. "Even the people who are strongly Obama, strongly Clinton, strongly Edwards say, 'Oh yeah, I like your guy, too.' "

So why then is Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, struggling to remain in the race and scoring single digits in most polls? His staff, his supporters and the candidate himself blame the power of celebrity and the conduct of the national news media. It's hard, they say, for Richardson's humor-laced message of diverse experience to stand up to the glitz, glamor and cash of the rest of the field.

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Smith and his wife, Susie, will cast their ballots for Richardson tomorrow, but they worry what that will mean for the rest of the race. Neither wants Hillary Clinton as president, calling her the "status quo," and are drawn to Richardson's broad resume, which includes a long career in Congress, a term as U.N. ambassador and a stint as secretary of energy under President Clinton. Still, they worry about Richardson's lagging support.

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At the Barley House in Concord on Saturday night, a crowd thick with Clinton and Obama buttons laughed at Richardson's jokes, nodded in agreement when he described his energy policy and remarked to their buddies how much they liked the guy.

"Our next vice president," more than one predicted.

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"The overall coverage of this race by the national media has been abysmal," Reynolds said. "The national political reporters have chosen to script this race rather than report on it. . . . They've chosen to focus on celebrity and stardom, rather than substance and real policy. . . . Voters don't care about leaked campaign memos or the backbiting he-said-she-said. They want to know what you're going to do about education, how you're going to fix health care."

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Who to vote for...

life
 www.glassbooth.org says

Bill Richardson shares a 75% similarity with your beliefs
Hillary Clinton - 71%
John Edwards - 71%
Barack Obama - 71%
Ron Paul - 64%
Mitt Romney - 63%
etc etc etc

Well, that doesn't help much...

So I did it again but with a little more ooomph

Ron Paul shares a 69% similarity with your beliefs
Barack Obama - 68%
Bill Richardson - 68%

still no good...   one more time then with even more oomph

Dennis Kucinich shares a 84% similarity with your beliefs
Mike Gravel - 84%
Ron Paul - 79 %
Bill Richardson - 76%

OK then...   um, is Al Gore running ?

I'll probably vote for Bill Richardson or Dennis Kucinich...

select smart

life
From using www.selectsmart.com just now...   My results:


1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate   (100%)
2. Al Gore (not announced)   (65%)  Information link
3. Barack Obama   (65%)  Information link
4. Ron Paul   (64%)  Information link
5. John Edwards   (61%)  Information link
6. Dennis Kucinich   (59%)  Information link
7. Wesley Clark (not announced)   (58%)  Information link
8. Christopher Dodd   (54%)  Information link
9. Joseph Biden   (54%)  Information link
10. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended)   (53%)  Information link
11. Hillary Clinton   (53%)  Information link
12. Bill Richardson   (48%)  Information link
13. Mike Gravel   (45%)  Information link
14. Michael Bloomberg (not announced)   (41%)  Information link
15. Tom Tancredo   (39%)  Information link
16. Duncan Hunter   (38%)  Information link
17. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended)   (38%)  Information link
18. John McCain   (38%)  Information link
19. Tommy Thompson   (35%)  Information link
20. Rudolph Giuliani   (34%)  Information link
21. Mitt Romney   (32%)  Information link
22. Jim Gilmore (withdrawn)   (28%)  Information link
23. Fred Thompson (not announced)   (27%)  Information link
24. Newt Gingrich (not announced)   (27%)  Information link
25. Chuck Hagel (not announced)   (24%)  Information link
26. Mike Huckabee   (23%)  Information link
27. Sam Brownback   (22%)  Information link
28. Elaine Brown   (19%)  Information link


Democratic Candidates

life

I watched the CNN / You Tube Democratic candidate debates the other night.  

I often match up with Dennis Kucinich on "selection website things" but I've barely heard of him so usually disregarded it...  but I must say after watching him on the debate, I'm more proud to be a Kucinich-match.  He's a puny little guy, but he was pretty good when he opened his mouth.  I looked him up on Wikipedia and found out he's got like a 30 year old British wife despite him being something like 60 years old or so.  Pretty cool, pretty neat.

The debates confirmed my dislike for Hillary Clinton... and I'm not too keen on Barack Obama either.  They're too slick by half.  I wasn't too impressed by Joe Biden, John Edwards or Bill Richardson either, who I generally thought I liked.  No concrete reasons to give, just a feeling.  Mike Gravel was kind of funny because he kept making comments about not getting any air time.

I was only half watching, to be honest.  But I like Kucinich, altho he has absolutely no chance of winning.  I'll probably end up voting for Ross Perot or Ralph Nader again.

Prez Prefs

beaker
Here are my current preferences of Presidential Candidates:

From the Democrats (in order of preference):

Al Gore -- not running; hasn't ruled it out completely
Joseph Biden (DE)
John Edwards (NC)
Barack Obama (IL)
Christopher Dodd (CT)
Dennis Kucinich (OH)
Bill Richardson (NM)
Tom Vilsack (IA)
Mike Gravel (VA)
Hillary Clinton (NY)



From the Republicans (in order of preference):

Rudy Giuliani (NY)
Mitt Romney (MA)
John McCain (AZ)
Tommy Thompson (WI)
Sam Brownback (KS)
Tom Tancredo (CO)
Jim Gilmore (VA)
John Cox (IL)
Duncan Hunter (CA)
Ron Paul (TX)
Mike Huckabee (AR)

2008 Presidential Selector

life
Out of curiosity, I did this 2008 Presidential Selector Quiz...  Here are my results:


Percent Rank Item
(100%) 1: Gov. Bill Richardson (D) Information
(92%) 2: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) Information
(88%) 3: Ex-VP Al Gore (D) Information
(88%) 4: Sen. Barack Obama (D) Information
(85%) 5: Sen. Joseph Biden (D) Information
(83%) 6: Sen. John Kerry (D) Information
(82%) 7: Sen. Russ Feingold (D) Information
(80%) 8: Gov. George Pataki (R) Information
(80%) 9: Sen. Evan Bayh (D) Information
(79%) 10: Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) Information
(79%) 11: Gov. Mitt Romney (R) Information
(76%) 12: Ex-Sen. John Edwards (D) Information
(75%) 13: Ex-Rep. Newt Gingrich (R) Information
(72%) 14: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) Information
(61%) 15: Retired Gen. Wesley Clark (D) Information
(61%) 16: Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) Information
(57%) 17: Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) Information
(52%) 18: Sen. John McCain (R) Information
(51%) 19: Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) Information
(48%) 20: Sen. Sam Brownback (R) Information
(45%) 21: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) Information
(42%) 22: Sen. George Allen (R) Information
(41%) 23: Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) Information
(33%) 24: Sec. Condoleezza Rice (R) Information

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