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KevenSeven On November - 2 - 2009

NN_27obama2Continuing her desperate efforts to be relevant, and playing the Puritans like a two dollar banjo, The Queen has a new post:

Obama One Year Later: The Audacity of Winning vs. The Timidity of Governing

And of course I wish you luck getting a comment posted.  Only her poodles are welcome.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/obama-one-year-later-the_b_343209.html

Categories: Featured, Huffington Post

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  1. KQuark says:

    A little technical FYI since the good AC put a link to such a great image in his post. You can post images in your responses to posts just using a little HTML code and the link to the image.

    img src=”INSERT LINK”

    Just write the previous code, cut and past the image link and begin the code with the less than character and end the code with the greater than arrow. I suffer from CRS (can’t remember shit) myself so I keep a little text file that has a few worthwhile HTML code examples.

    ” width=”550″ height=”400″>

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks for helping KQuark!

      And a huge round of applause for AuntieChrist’s brilliant and hilarious artwork!

      Fucking fantastic!

    • kesmarn says:

      KQuark, thanks for the tech assist. Any chance there could be a corner of the Planet devoted to posting hints like this? You could have standing instructions on how to include YouTube videos in posts and info like the above. Then you wouldn’t have to post instructions over and over for us not-so-techie types. (As if you didn’t already have enough to do, huh?) Just a thought.

    • nellie says:

      CRS — I’m going to remember that one! That is, if I don’t have a CRS attack!

  2. VegasBabe says:

    Everything that needed said came from your first sentence,
    “Continuing her desperate efforts to be relevant”…end of story.

    • KQuark says:

      Unfortunately just writing the bullshite she has gives her more visibility, especially since the white house responded.

      • nellie says:

        I have mixed feelings about the White House response as well, because it does seem to validate HP as a punditry platform. But on the other hand, I remember the painful lessons of Mike Dukakis — You have to respond to bs and to bssers, otherwise the screed starts to take hold. I’m glad to see them push back against Fox and HP. Right now, the two seem to be running neck and neck for nonsense.

  3. bitohistory says:

    A little chuckle
    From the Sierra Club on the R

  4. nicole473 says:

    Don’t know if anyone posted this already, but thought someone should.
    Apparently, the Queen did get some of the attention she was seeking today. David Plouffe responded to the twit.

    While I appreciate Arianna Huffington’s kind words about my book on the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, I could not disagree more with the suggestion that somehow the President Obama of 2009 has lost touch with candidate Obama in 2008.

    Frustration about the pace of change, even disagreement on select issues, of course is understandable. But stepping back a bit, as those of us in the Obama orbit have learned to do, reveals an administration that already has made a significant down payment on the change so many fought for last year. I remain confident in the president’s unique ability not just to lead us through the many challenges and crises of the moment, but also to accomplish the tough, smart, long-term projects of energy and health care reform — problems that Washington has long ignored but that will secure a more equitable and prosperous future for all Americans.

    During the campaign, the president offered three core promises to the American people. First, he promised to wake up every day thinking about how to improve the lives of the middle class, a task made more urgent by the historic economic calamity that greeted him as he took office. Some suggested that all that could or should be done was to perform triage on the financial system and allow economic events to take their normal course. But the president undertook strong action to stabilize the banking system, as well as the auto industry. These were things he had to do — not things he wanted to do — and of course they had little political upside. But President Obama is a leader; he did not run to occupy the Oval Office but to lead from it, and many times that means playing a bad hand as effectively as possible.

    The president’s actions to stabilize the banking and auto sectors may well have prevented another Great Depression from visiting this country; certainly these measures avoided additional drastic job losses and foreclosures, of which we have already had far too many.

    But while dealing with these crises during his first ten months, the president has kept his sights squarely focused on the middle class. He passed a Recovery Act that saved and created a million jobs — many of these backbone middle-class jobs like teachers, firefighters, and police officers — and made historic investments in green energy and technology jobs. His actions spurred a 73 percent increase in lending to small businesses, allowing them to expand and create new jobs; helped hundreds of thousands of responsible Americans keep their homes; and cut taxes for 95 percent of working families. He’s expanded health care for children, passed equal pay for equal work legislation, and expanded stem cell research. And he is now closer than any president in decades to passing health reform that bans insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions, outlaws insurance discrimination based on gender, and caps what patients can be charged out-of-pocket. This effort will be key, because job growth — and the kind of robust economic growth our country needs to create a strong job-producing climate — won’t come without finally getting health care costs under control. Health insurance reform is a key piece of job-growth strategy, as employers of every size can attest.

    President Obama’s second core campaign promise was to make government more transparent and accountable, to rebuild a sacred trust that had been seriously eroded. And he has delivered. He closed the revolving door, forbidding anyone who works in his administration from lobbying when they leave their jobs. For the first time in history, names of visitors to the White House will be released, so every American can see which interests and individuals are visiting their government. And the groundbreaking website recovery.gov is allowing Americans to trace every dollar spent and every job created or saved from the recovery act, adding a level of transparency never before seen.

    The third core pillar the president offered America was the chance to rebuild and strengthen our relationship with the rest of the world. Doing so would to allow us to solve shared problems and maximize shared opportunities, and to more effectively confront the terrorism and foreign policy challenges faced by the entire world.

    He is, of course, delivering on that promise, to a degree even his most hardened detractors would strain to effectively or credibly criticize. The president is winding down the war in Iraq, just as he promised he would during the campaign. And he is working thoughtfully and with great care to determine our next phase in Afghanistan, always keeping the long view in mind. Surely we can all agree this is a refreshing change from the approach to Iraq of six and seven years ago.

    Is there much work left to be done? Of course. Is the president satisfied with where we are on jobs? No; the problem weighs on him every day as he works to accelerate job growth and negotiates a cooperative relationship with the private sector, where the bulk of these new jobs must be generated.

    The economy is growing again, much sooner than most experts predicted. If growth continues, it should lead to job growth. And the president’s bold leadership has played a significant role in our economy starting to right itself.

    But he understands that unless we make much-needed progress on health care and energy, we will not be as strong a country in the decades to come as any of us would like. Our future truly depends on finally getting Washington to start confronting long-term challenges instead of ducking them. This is asking a lot. Washington is often reserved when it needs to be bold, and political when it should be addressing substance and principle. It is too often focused on the next election, not the next generation.

    This is one of the president’s great strengths. All he cares about, no matter the barbs and arrows shot his way, is to finally deliver on health insurance and energy reform so that we can ensure our country’s greatness, and provide a solid economic foundation for American workers today and tomorrow.

    Arianna Huffington has written much that I agree with. But when it comes to her opinion on the president and his record so far, or her suggestion that there is some great difference between the president and the candidate, I have to register the strongest possible dissent. A year after our historic victory, I have never been more certain that Barack Obama is uniquely suited to lead the country at this unparalleled moment. His values; his ability and desire to think long term; his determination to avoid the easy road of political expedience and to rebuild trust between the American people and their government — these are exactly what American needs right now. As on any journey, there will be twists and turns, ups and downs. But the change so many of us fought for so passionately last year is becoming a reality in front of our eyes, if we focus squarely enough to see it. And when the decisions he is making today finally resolve into a complete picture years down the road, we will find ourselves living in a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous America. And we will cherish the small part all of us played in electing this unique leader, a man befitting this critical moment in our history.

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-plouffe/president-obama-and-candi_b_343985.html

  5. Kalima says:

    Just got this email alert but I suppose you have all heard this news before me. I might be ahead in hours but often behind in the news because I’m sleeping while you are all awake.
    I hate these time zones!

    “Louisiana official: A justice of the peace who refused to give a marriage license to an interracial couple has resigned.”

  6. FeloniousMonk says:

    This is now the sensitivity level at HP. ForPeace put this up and it was immediately removed.

    See ………. this is what happens when H p won’t allow us to post on the main.

    We end up posting on Sarah to Nowhere ……… what can I say.

  7. KQuark says:

    Did anyone else know the President Obama has been in office for a year now?

    Amazing how the huffy echo chamber is evaluating Obama’s presidency since election day now, not inauguration day.

    • Kalima says:

      Isn’t that quite amazing being as he wasn’t sworn in until the 20th of January this year. I’d like to see which calendar they are using, could it be from Pluto?

      Very annoying and very stupid too because it shows clearly that they have a problem with reality.

    • SeeknDestroy says:

      Media math….
      Facts need not apply….

    • AuntieChrist says:

      I think her plan is to subtly dumb down those who weren’t fooled by Murdoch into becoming the same type of willing receptacles to meet the agenda which some of her incurious clown-shoe writers share with her.

      A story *finally* showed up today regarding Jon Krakauer’s
      interview on the Daily Show regarding the situation in Afghanistan (which was done last month — I remember watching it)

      The MSM, like the Huffingtonpost, is one big circle jerk.

      I like the people who post there, but I have no use for the Stasi-like mods or the fact that the $25 million from Oak Investments is such a participatory force, and guide in the direction of the dialogue which is allowed on the site.

      …and that word is imperative: ALLOWED.

      Say something they disagree with?

      *snap* …and like that, it’s gone.

      Auntie Christ

      Oh, and another thing which seems like it should be HUGE news anywhere — as a heckler was physically removed for the first time in eleven years from the audience in The Daily Show (also in October)

      Palestinian equal rights joins the progressive agenda on

    • javaz says:

      With the help of PlanetPOV, I have been cured of any and all desire to log into HP.
      If I want to read rightwing crap, I’ll log onto Alex Jones or Fox Nation.
      As it is, I read enough rightwing crap from our MSM.

      • KQuark says:


      • FeloniousMonk says:

        I was feeling mischeivious so I’m using my Sarah sock and playing with people. I’m glad grabamop knows who I am!

        • javaz says:

          Hi Monk!
          Hope you are having fun playing on the dark side! :)
          I rarely engaged the trolls.
          In fact, I rarely read any of their posts.
          That’s why I love it here.
          Troll free and happy!

          • FeloniousMonk says:

            I’m not engaging them. I’m using guerilla warfare tactics. Hit and run or subtle traps. Or pretending to somewhat be what they wanted. I’ll let my “audience” here provide the feedback. At least three regulars are in the middle of it.

            It’s cheap recreation when I didn’t want to think too hard.

        • SeeknDestroy says:

          I saw that….
          I’m undercover on the same thread…

          • escribacat says:

            Okay, do you mean the silent observer (to quote a movie) or a new sock? If sock, who were you???

          • FeloniousMonk says:

            @SeeknDestroy Who is that person who has the hardon regarding my SarahAnn sock and the image? Geez, I changed the image the other night and he’s still complaining. Tonight it should change to the “cute” Miss Wasilla photo of SarahP. He seems to have no humor at all.

            Maybe Escribacat or Grabamop knows. They’ve been watching.

            • SeeknDestroy says:

              Sorry. I was busy for a bit.
              I don’t know, FM.
              I’m a bit out of the loop.

            • escribacat says:

              Hey, that was fun!!!! Do you mean that guy who kept saying “You’re irritating, you’re irritating?”

            • escribacat says:

              He didn’t seem like a Palin fan so why should he be irritated? Another mystery.

            • FeloniousMonk says:

              @escribacat. Yeah, that’s the one. Everyone else gets it but him. Geez

  8. AuntieChrist says:

    Nice and cozy place you have here.

    I see that Arianna is doing a remake of ‘The Lives of Others’ on her site… so soon too.

    Strange fascination she has in the former East German Stasi.

    Everyone must skip to her tune before their message is seen… if it’s to ever be seen at all. This hasn’t been approved yet:

    Oh well… here’s to hope. 😉

    Auntie Christ

  9. KQuark says:

    We need to have a HuffNo month.

  10. Grabamop/Obama20082012 says:

    It’s troll city over there on that thread, you can tell because they either have no fans or less than ten. Did anyone happend to notice at the end of her post she is promoting her 2 books? I wonder how she manages to type with one hand while the other is used to pat herself on her back.

    • FeloniousMonk says:

      I’m back…. Grabamop, If she is Arianna, have you noticed that her “Blogging” book from outside venders is now as low as 85 cents on Amazon! Makes SarahP look downright successful at $8.95.

      I used to pat myself on the back a lot, and then got a nasty case of bursitis.

    • AdLib says:

      She must be a mutant because she has one more hand giving the GOP a reach-around.

  11. PepeLepew says:

    So, I looked at the main story on HP yesterday and the fully moderated forum was almost all trolls agreeing with Arianna that Obama was a failure. There were only a couple of regulars participating.
    The thread on children being on food stamps I would’ve actually liked to have participated, but it was on fully moderated for some mystifying reason.
    I think I’m *slowwwwwwly* weaning myself….

    • nellie says:

      It can be really hard. I’ll do an HP boycott every once in a while — today’s main is another vacation call for me — but I do miss people. That’s why it’s nice to see so many familiar names here. Much better forum with the same great companions.

      • FeloniousMonk says:

        Many of the people I enjoy seeing are here. There are a few, like Dr Wang, that I’d like to get over here. He’s active in AZ politics more than I am but I think he might be a bit too serious at times, but I deeply respect him.

        I found it a relief when FM was suddenly banned, and this weeked’s little jaunt with “SarahAnnDippity” was just that, absolute freedom to do one liners without trying to espouse concepts to those who didn’t want to hear. I only went there once today to retrieve the quote I did yesterday to Escribacat.

      • PepeLepew says:

        That’s exactly how I feel.
        I have no loyalty to HP, but I love mingling with some of the other posters who seem like really nice people. And occasionally it’s fun to hook a really dumb troll and play with them.

    • Grabamop/Obama20082012 says:

      I am weaning myself as well Pepe. It’s seems that when HP thinks a post is going to get a lot of traffic they fully mod it now. It’s a wonder then don’t do that to all of Palin’s posts.

    • AdLib says:

      Any posts by Arianna or her top editors/columnists are fully moderated. Otherwise, authors of posts their can take full control of moderating, setting it to fully moderated if they want.

      The whole philosophy over there is to weight it towards a one way communication between post authors and members, “Listen to my grand thoughts and accept them whole, do not disrespect me by disagreeing or I will not allow others to read your comment.”

      So, as K7 often says, it is very much an echo chamber over there for more and more posts.

      • KQuark says:

        Yup that’s how you create an echo chamber of group think behind huffy opinions.

      • nellie says:

        She really is trying to be another Drudge. But the only people who are willing to follow without thinking are concentrated in the right wing. Maybe she’s willing to go that route just to get the fan base.

  12. deygirl says:

    Why does this place keep logging me out??????

  13. escribacat says:

    Did anyone else see the latest rightwing ad in the middle of a story on HP yesterday? This one had a picture of Pelosi and several people made up to look like zombies. The message was something about how people who follow Pelosi are zombies.

    • SeeknDestroy says:

      They play both sides now,E.
      I believe in an attempt to drive traffic and increase ad revenue, as well as attract bloggers from all political stripes..

  14. SeeknDestroy says:

    Quick OT..
    Thanks for the edit button.
    This blond is relieved…..

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