Few morning videos

* (Obviously the reception was just before Mr.  Holbrooke’s death. May he rest in peace).





53 thoughts on “Few morning videos

  1. OT.

    £33m bankers’ bonus payout stopped by Irish government.


    “Executives at AIB will not receive backdated bonuses totalling 40m euros (£33m) after an intervention from the Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.

    The bank’s board made the decision after Mr Lenihan threatened to withhold state funding.

    In a letter, he said financial aid would be conditional on the non-payment of bonuses “no matter when they may have been earned”.

    AIB has already had a 3.5bn euros bail-out.”.

    Time to play hard ball these MF’ers and time to reform the whole principle of bankers’ bonus.

  2. Ah, but you missed the foreplay on this move. Both Cowan and Lenihan first claimed they could do nothing, NOTHING, about the bonuses. Then when there was an uproar it turns out there was something they could do and something they could have done all along. It is still possible, however, that the employees will sue under contract law and win and get their darn bonuses.

  3. So glad to have this site to come to on a blustery Tuesday. I was also checking out the new “no labels” site /group launched yesterday. Seems to be on our same wavelength. Imagine -people wanting to actually get things done…
    Watch the interview with Jon Avlon. This makes sense to me. Check it out-the site is nolabels.org ,Their line is -not left, not right. forward.
    what a concept

  4. Hi folks,
    I’m off to the African continent today and return after the new Year. So I would like to wish y’all a Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/ happy Kwanzaa/ Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. I will try and pop in when I get the chance.

    Cheers and take very good care of yourselves. Always keep a smile on cuz it looks better than a frown, no matter what madness is going on around you. Also join me in praying for our First Family this season. We all need prayer badly regardless of our faith or lack thereof.


  5. I see Gillibrand is on their list of attendees in their launch. A shame – she voted down on the Tax plan! I’m really disappointed in her.

  6. It’s possible that the WH and/or the Dem senate leadership gave her the clearance to go ahead and vote “no” after they were reassured that all the necessary votes were there. As you can see, her vote was not the decisive vote so the bill would have passed regardless of how she voted.

    Congress and WH typically works in that fashion to free up some senators/reps for votes that they will need for other legislation. I’m sure that Gillibrand will vote “yes” for START, DREAM and DADT repeal, when her “yes” votes will be badly needed!!!

  7. I think you’re right. She hasn’t seemed like someone afraid of taking a stand. In this case, she was among the people who felt that voting this down WAS a stand worth taking for the middle class vs. the extremely wealthy.(and probably showed backbone in her more conservative part of the state). While I understand disappointment, (and personally believe that President Obama really is the only adult in the room in some of these negotiations : ) -I still don’t want to demonize people who have have been reasonable in the past over 1 vote.

  8. Also, I would not put much into that No lables thingy, Joe Scarbum was chairing the meeting, and he is the biggest PARTISAN in town. Just thought you all should know, it is a sham, to get you to believe their way of thinking. Which, is no taxes, cut spending and all about me, me, me!

  9. I don’t think to demonize her, however I thought her more independent thinking than this. I think she is someone who does go against the grain – which is why I admire her. But I guess thus my disappointment.

  10. I love these videos – I think the fun thing is that the Lakers and the President are having a much better time hanging out with the kids than doing the traditional White House ceremony. 😀

  11. I really try hard not to condemn someone who voted differently than the way I would have preferred. And to be honest, I would probably vote agaqinst the plan if I really truly believed we still could have gotten what we did and not extend the cuts for the wealth or get more than what we did and extend tax cuts for the wealthy. However, since I do call myself a pragmatic realist, I would have voted for it.

    However, in Gillibrand’s case, she can go back to her constituents and point out how she tried to stop the extension of those tax cuts and it didn’t really have any impact.

    I usually give most politicians some slack when they vote differently than I would prefer simply because the only person I know that would vote the same way I would want 100% of the time is me.

    On the other hand, if they tend to disagree with my views on a regular basis, then I don’t cut them any slack unless their only opponent is someone who is worse (at this point insert name of any Republican as an example of worse).

    And I am not a knee jerk anti-Republican and have voted for them in the past,. In fact my dirty little secret is that helped out in the Nixon campaign in 1960. Please don’t tell anybody that, I was young and impressionable.

    My whiole point is, if I start demonizing somebody because they didn’t vote the specific way I wanted on a specific issue, than I become as much a purist as those folks over you know where.

  12. I’m suspicious because Joe Manchin is on that list. His wormy excuse for voting against DADT raises serious doubts about him and his motives.

  13. I take your cautions japa, however, I have a reasonable basis for my complaints re: expedience which extend far beyond notions of purity partisanship. A former member of the Blue Dog caucus is now lecturing the President about preserving the prerogatives of the middle class, really? I fail to see how pointing out this sort of grandstanding speaks to purism. We’ll have to agree to disagree.

  14. I agree. I just lurked over there, and something about that place didn’t rek positivity like here and others.

  15. GN, no problem. Agreeing to disagree is one of the things that sets this site apart from others. Besides, I think you and I agree far more than disagree. Heck, if everybody agreed with me on everything, it might be a perfect world, but definitely boring. 🙂

  16. Yes, the Joe Scarborough has turned me off. He is in close alliance with the likes of Huffington, which gives me some pause in endorsing anything they are associated with.

  17. Wouldn’t it be great if she was pregnant? How cool would that be for them to have a baby? Although, as someone just a few years younger than Mrs. Obama, I die if I were to get pregnant @ my age, so I’m sure she feels the same way. 😦

  18. Only because it’s not a picture of Greenwald himself. Seems to me that strong admirers and defenders are just fine to Mr. Greenwald—so long as they’re defending *him*! I’m still marveling at the incontrovertible evidence that despite the loudness and media overrepresentation on the part of the netroots, poll after poll shows that they simply do not speak for the Democratic base, or for liberals. They can’t spin this latest one away (the promises that the base hate hate hates the tax cut deal only to find a supermajority of liberal Dems in real life are in favor). Still marveling.

  19. Excellent article. I once wrote a diary at DK which tried to explain the same thing. The bookWhat’s the Matter With Kansas, had it all wrong. There is nothing the matter with Kansas in the sense that just because they vote based on different perceptions then the “left” does, does not mean they are voting against their own self-interest. The problem is that sometimes those on the left have this sense that because they have certain self-interests, then others should share them. And this really upsets those in the center or near right. There is a sense of condescension in that attitude.

    As one of the comments to this article pointed out, instead of telling these people what they should value, we should be more interested in finding out what they value and then seeing how a liberal/progressive approach can match that.

    And as this article points out, there has been a complete failure of messaging, sometimes because the messaging comes out more as a lecture or sermon that any real attempt to have a two-sided conversation.

    Anoother thing that is very important, specially now when there is so much anger on both sides, is to recognize that anger is actually a secondary emotion and is produced by feelings of either hurt or fear. In this case, the anger from the right is more based on fear (ginned up by the likes of Faux News presdicting a communist takeover of the country if us sinful, atheist, pinko liberals have our way). The anger on the left is based on both fear (of losing gains or having SS dismantled) and hurt (with a sense of betrayal right there at the top).

    Unless messaging takes those two feelings into account it is doomed to fail

  20. Very well said japa. And I agree that it is critical to begin to think of new strategies and approaches to engage people. What I love about many liberal ideas is that they can be articulated from multiple viewpoints/concerns. For instance, the new profit and administrative cost restrictions on insurance companies is not only attractive from a liberal standpoint, but a strong fiscal conservative case can be made for extracting as much value as possible for premium-holders. Really great comment!

  21. How lucky you are, zizi. My sister did volunteer work in Kenya, and felt it was the experience of a lifetime.

    Safe trip, I will miss you, and I’m so glad to have “met” you on BWD’s site.

  22. Although I consider myself a left leaning independent who love progressive policies, I could support a “NO LABEL” candidate if a good one were to arise. Can you imagine if everyone in washington was considered a “NO LABEL” candidate? That they would govern not based on ideology or party but by common sense solutions that would benefit the country. You can’t govern with fringe politics taking over, you have to govern like you are a mixture of every political party out there.

  23. The democratic party should have a big enough tent to hear the concerns of our rural neighbors without resorting to the sort of condesencion all too common amongst the activist wing of the party.

  24. So glad that the Senate has the votes to ratify START (also happy to see The People’s View taking steps to get folks to call and urge action on this very important legislation).

    And Reese Witherspoon…I’d be speechless if I ever met her. 🙂

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