Saturday, January 31, 2009

Random Thoughts For A Saturday

I'm feeling lazy today so I am just firing off random thoughts while perusing the news.

It appears that the MSM has gotten over it's aversion to faith based initiatives.

26-Year Old to Head Obama's Faith Office

January 30, 2009 10:38 AM

ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports:

Josh Dubois, the 26 year-old who ran religious outreach for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, has been tapped by the new president to head the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a White House aide tells ABC News.

Dubois, who previously worked as an associate pastor for a small Pentecostal church in Massachusetts, was drawn to Obama in 2004 when he heard the future president tell the Democratic National Convention that, "We worship an awesome God in the Blue States."

Finally, what the Hell does that mean? "We worship an awesome God in the Blue States." Do they worship a different God in blue states?

Now from the oh no department,

Time for a new world order: PM

Phillip Coorey Chief Political Correspondent January 31, 2009

KEVIN RUDD has denounced the unfettered capitalism of the past three decades and called for a new era of "social capitalism" in which government intervention and regulation feature heavily.

In an essay to be published next week, the Prime Minister is scathing of the neo-liberals who began refashioning the market system in the 1970s, and ultimately brought about the global financial crisis.

"The time has come, off the back of the current crisis, to proclaim that the great neo-liberal experiment of the past 30 years has failed, that the emperor has no clothes," he writes of those who placed their faith in the corrective powers of the market.

"Neo-liberalism and the free-market fundamentalism it has produced has been revealed as little more than personal greed dressed up as an economic philosophy. And, ironically, it now falls to social democracy to prevent liberal capitalism from cannibalising itself."

Read the article for more info, it's interesting and scary. Don't take it too lightly though, Australia is an important ally and it appears Obama has a soul mate in Kevin Rudd.

From the "here we go again" department,,

Bumps in the Road: Obama's HHS Secretary Nominee Faces Tax Questions Over Car and Driver

January 30, 2009 6:29 PM

ABC News has learned that the nomination of former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama's secretary of health and human services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.

The controversy deals with a car and driver lent to Daschle by a wealthy Democratic friend -- a chauffeur service the former senator used for years without declaring it on his taxes.

I've asked it before, and I will ask it again: Is there anybody in the Democratic party that can be appointed to the Obama administration without explaining away special circumstances and/or ethical lapses.

Finally, evidently electing a black man to chair the Republican National Committee is not a big issue. CNN did not even bother covering it on it's front page this morning. CBS covered it, at the bottom of it's headlines list, below these stories of national importance;

Octuplets' Family Filed For Bankruptcy

Obama's Super Bowl Guest List: A Primer

Serena Wins Aussie Open

So much for reporting extensively on the election of Barack Obama because of the historic significance. Now I am not comparing the election of a President to the election of the RNC chair, I'm just pointing out the obvious fact that when a black person (or Hispanic, or female, or {insert your favorite protected class here}) is appointed to a Republican post or by a Republican administration, it does not seem to have the same historic significance as when it is a Democrat. George Bush broke several racial and gender barriers in his appointments. He got no credit for this. It was viewed as cynical or grandstanding. The appointees were called Uncle Tom's or, even worse, "house negroes". Obama breaks any of these barriers, he will be a visionary, progressive, and Chris Matthews will have to change his pants. Just saying.


cube said...

The disparity in media coverage of republican vs. democrat is an ever-widening gulf that shows no sign of abating, but only growing larger.

We have very little free press left in America and, what little we do have, is under attack by the leftists.

These are interesting times indeed, and I don't mean that it a good way, but in the Chinese curse way.

Chuck said...

Cube, I think the media is actually making themselves irrelevant.

BTW, update on Daschle story

Report: Daschle Received $220G From Health Care Groups With Vested Interest

cube said...

I wish from your lips to God's ear, but I don't think the media is anywhere near irrelevant yet. I'm not going to misunderestimate the power they still have.

RE: Daschel:

The recent news combined with the news that his wife is a huge lobbyist for the airline industry should disqualify Daschle for the position in the real world, but we're not in the real world.

Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the land of the democrats in power. We are up S**t's creek without a paddle.

Our side needs to regroup big time.

Brooke said...

Good Lord, the next four years are going to be one helluva ride.


Cube nailed it.

Z said...

Nice that the family of octuplets (14 children, she had 6 before and used fertility drugs for the new ones..with NO HUSBAND) wants to live ON US. Anybody else wonder why California's broke?

Regrouping, Cube? I think Michael Steele will do that for us. I really do. At my site you inferred you're not impressed but I think he's JUST the one (I HOPE!)

RightKlik said...

I really thought we had gotten rid of Daschle. Do we really have to give any serious consideration to this tax evading toad?

Do we really want to put Daschle in charge of everything from MRIs and brain surgery to prostate exams and pap smears? I mean, the man IS a pap smear.

Chuck said...

Cube, I think the media as we know it right now is dying. Cable news (we are doing well there) and the internet are the driving forces. I think wew will at least even out the internet eventually.

Brooke, it's at least going to be bumpy

Z, I think Steele has made some good comments so far. I don't think he is going to be a hard core conservative but we have to be realistic and realize that if the GOP went too far to the right it would be a fringe party.

Chuck said...

Rightklik, (great name by the way) Fox is saying on line this am that he knew for a month that these problems were there before telling Obama. Obama is not only okay with him being a tax cheat, he's okay with him lying to him.