“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Love Does Not Conquer all in Washington.

Young George Bush, the inarticulate, with mom and dad.

Tuesday's debacle was some 8 years in the making. Or more.

American Thinker

Consider: Eight years ago, George Bush rode into town from Texas with one thing on his mind: bringing a "new tone to Washington." He was going to use his Texas charm and drawl to end all of the partisan bickering. This was a tad dispiriting to t some of us who had supported him frankly. We were thinking more along the lines of some partisan victories in congress to roll back some liberalism. Actually, only Bush wanted a new tone. Neither his supporters nor his opponents had even the vaguest interest in it, dooming it from the start.

(What does this have to do with McCain v. Obama? Everything. Stick with me.)

Nontheless, with the new tone, its architect Karl Rove was going to fashion a "permanent Republican majority" governing coalition. We're not sure what this new permanent coalition was going to accomplish exactly, since the operational foundation of the new tone turned out to be giving in on your principles so as to be universally loved. Nontheless, Bush and Rove were confident it would work. To ensure it, they were quick to "reach across the aisle" to let ultra-liberals like Ted Kennedy and John Edwards from time to time.

Well damned if Bush didn't pull it off after all, in a Bizzaro-world fashion. There is indeed a new governing coalition in Washington as of Wednesday, and they are determined to make it permanent. They have the numbers to give it a good shot, too. And that new tone? That is the clanking of widespread hatred of a President who was, above all else, determined to be loved. There is little partisan bickering on this issue, since his approval ratings prove most are in agreement on his performance. This is sad and unjust, since his tax cuts, the Surge and the war on terror are all vitally important successes.

Even last night, this new tone President who was almost nowhere to be found during the entire campaign, could peer out his window at the White House and see how well his eight year capitulation had worked. He had not thrown a single elbow in this entire election cycle, yet the hatred was running thick. This was a classic “in your face” demonstration against Bush. Forget the vapor in Chicago, there was red meat in D.C. These folks have no idea that his terror policies perhaps saved some of their lives.

The man from Texas is profoundly hated by the left. But that is not the point. The man from Texas is not hated alone.. The left has projected their hatred of him onto us. His refusal to fight back for his principals was not the personal individual "falling on the sword" that he has convinced himself it was. When he refused to fight, he let us all down.

The result has been a directionless party with no effective titular head. Too much liberalism crept into policy and caused problems. Those problems, with a new tone leader not willing to point fingers, got laid right at the undeserving doorstep of the Bush Administration. That is our doorstep too, however, and Bush never seemed to understand this.

(We are getting to McCain v Obama, I promise)

Remember that the attacks of 9-11 were dreamed up, planned, staffed, financed, practiced and set into motion during the Clinton Administration, but it was deemed to have "happened on Bush's watch." Hurricane Katrina exposed decades of corrupt and inefficient Democrat control of New Orleans, but Bush (and by extension, all Republicans) took the blame. Thirty years of liberal energy policy came crashing down on us this year with four dollar gas, yet Bush, Big Oil and free enterprise took the hit. Two decades of liberal political correctness, fraud and crony capitalism in the form of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapsed and took an over-leveraged economy with it. Again, Bush and free enterprise took the fall even though Bush actively fought the bad energy and lending policies. Interestingly McCain was at times quick to help this negative inertia with his public "straight talk."

Conversely, the Bush tax cuts have done a great job of undergirding the economy for nearly eight years and bringing us out of the tech bubble and 9-11. Bush and conservatism, however, received no credit for this. There had not been another terror attack on this nation since 9-11 -- an amazing feat no one thought possible -- yet Bush and his hawkish efforts were not recognized as the reasons for this success.

You see, all the new tone did was ensure that Bush received no credit when he deserved it, and he deserved it often. Yet, he often took all the blame when he did not deserve it. This led to a candidate like John McCain for the 2008 race.

Bush lavished his "a new tone" on the Republican left, supporting moderates in their primaries against upstart conservatives. But they would never return the favor when they got to Washington. Led by maverick John McCain, this wing of the party worked against Bush on almost every major legislative initiative. Some even say McCain took great satisfaction bashing Bush in the press, in retaliation for the 2000 primary season.

The result has been almost a total lack of conservative leadership anywhere. On the few occasions when Bush actually tried to practice conservatism, McCain and various permutations of the "gang of 14" were always there to torpedo the efforts. Meanwhile, the inarticulate Bush would often trot out some lightweight like Scott McClellan to occupy the bully pulpit, at least until the too-brief tenure of Tony Snow. There was no message, no leadership, no cohesion. There was, however, a 25% approval rating. Thus, when McCain emerged from the primary pack as the pundits' candidate of choice for the GOP, a run against Bush himself was the natural inclination.

This amounts to one of the great political ironies of all time, since in practice there is not that much difference between Bush's "new tone" and McCain's incessant need to "reach across the aisle." You can make the case that Bush's low approval numbers were to a degree the natural result of McCain's Bush-bashing plus Bush's new tone refusal to state his own case.

As we know, McCain made his willingness to work with Democrats a centerpiece of his campaign. He made a big issue of numerous pieces of legislation where he did so, and some of them are unmitigated disasters, chief among them is Campaign Finance Reform, which was going to take the money out of politics. Perhaps that did not go exactly as planned.

And neither did the flawed notion that McCain would swoop into the White House on this great wave of bi-partisan fever on the part of "independents." This is one of the great tea leaf misreads of all time. In my view, there is no great clamor for bi-partisanship, there is only the conceit that there is such a clamour. Surely, if such a public hunger existed, McCain would have won by double digits. He did not. He did not even win the moderates themselves. He lost them by 21 points. He also lost notable moderates like Colin Powell, Chuck Hagel and Lincoln Chaffee.

Reagan, on the other hand, carried the independents by convincing them he was right, not that he was one of them. Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America Congress won them by exposing the liberal Democrats as the corrupt political animals they were. There was no reaching across any aisle or any new tone with those successes. There was simply unabashed constitutional conservatism, proclaimed boldly and repeatedly (and at times with humor), and it resonated. You might even call it partisan.

Conversely, McCain would rarely mention conservatism or Reagan without quickly reminding us of times when he fought against them. Well no wonder it didn't sell. The salesman doesn't even like it!

Conservatism did not lose last night, as it was not on the ballot. The big winner was ignorance and the biggest loser was the Bush-Rove-McCain brand of watered down Republicanism. Yes, the Bush-Rove-McCain brand. They gave us each other. Much as the two men cannot stand each other, they are ironically much the same. And the result is indeed a new tone in Washington, and it is a scary dreary leftist tone.

We will never beat it back until the watered down bi-partisans are flushed from the system. Thomas Jefferson loved partisanship. Hugo Chavez does not. That should tell us all we need to know about this flawed path our party has been on for many years. Tuesday, our aisle reaching chickens came home to roost.


  1. The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes:

    "He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief.
    He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections.
    He rose with guts and gifts.
    (are you REALLY that fucking clueless?)

    He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make.
    We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice."

    That is one STUPID BITCH.
    Peggy Noonan, New York NY.

    Blah blah blah, my brain doesn't work
    BUT, my shit doesn't stink.
    I'm (a childless, soulless) member in good standing of the Upper Crust.

    So lacking in wisdom about the value of parents and children that she extols the Pathological BS that victims like Barry spout to make up for the deficit.

    Oxygen Waster

  2. He will raise taxes, of course, but he may also feel forced to bow to a clamorous base with the nonspending items they favor: the rewriting of union law to force greater unionization of smaller shops, for instance, and a return to a "fairness doctrine" that would limit free speech on the air.

    And there is this. The past few months as the campaign unfolded, I listened for Mr. Obama to speak thoughtfully about the life issues, including abortion. Our last Democratic president knew what that issue was, and knew by nature how to speak of it. Bill Clinton famously said, over and over, that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare." The "rare" mattered. It set a tone, as presidents do, and made an important concession: You only want a medical practice to be rare when it isn't good. For Mr. Obama, whose mind tends, as intellectuals' minds do, toward the abstract, it all seems so . . . abstract. And cold.
    And rather suggestive of radical departures. "That's above my pay grade." Friend, that is your pay grade, that's where the presidency lives, in issues like that.
    ...and she felt no shame helping those CHANGES along.

  3. (no doubt happy about the fairness doctrine, since talk radio stands in stark relief to her Elitist BS, grounded in nothing of substance.)

  4. Well, let US see.

    Bush43 was a dunce, that while compassionate he was no conservative. He and Rove found favor with those that thought that their maintaince of power was the same as being conservative.

    The Surge, no success, but an attempt to get US back to JUN03, in Iraq. US casualties are down, but neither victory or success were ever claimed and ACTED upon. So the result is failure, total catastrophic failure.

    The election of Obama culminates GWBush's failures as President, the GOP left with 44 Senators, or less, illustrates his further failures.

    But then, where in the US do "conservatives" maintain their hold on power? What State is to be the launch pad of recovery?

    Poor Mrs Palin, to think that Africa is a country, not a continent. Not knowing what countries were particpating in NAFTA.

    Wonder if those tales from McCain's inner cirle are true. I tend to doubt it, being thise that tell the tale are close to John McCain.

  5. "His refusal to fight back for his principals was not the personal individual "falling on the sword" that he has convinced himself it was.

    When he refused to fight, he let us all down.
    Whatever he convinced himself of, he was a pathetic traitor to refuse to carry out his oath of office.

    Criminally negligent in leaving all the anti-American Clinton Stooges in Power.
    Leaving the DOJ to the ACLU dick sucking left.

    Seems to feel no shame, whatsoever, over Ramos and Campeon, since Johnny Sutton apparently gives good head.

  6. Was the inner circle the source of that Africa bit, 'Rat?

  7. McCains inner circle this time included a bunch of Bush/Rove retread/retards.

  8. Bush and Rove should be bound together and dropped overboard, immediately after the anchor attached to their feet.

  9. The thrashing of Mrs Palin, by the McCain loyalists, that tells the tale of John McCain, better than any other, to date.

    A true showing of his character and that of those around him.
    His trusted associates.

  10. ...then an A-10 should take out the remaining Die Hards @ Belmont, still spouting the BDS Mantra.

  11. Luckily, I've missed the Palin thrasing entirely, or I'd be even angrier.
    The suits in DC aren't even close to being related in any meaningful way to the men and women that built this country.

  12. ...the reason I went to opinionjournal was to get a list of the Democrat Leaders, a real house of horrors.

    Miller, a super radical nutball from CA

    Pete Stark

    Barney Frank


    ...I'll see if I can find the rest.

  13. Steve Schmidt, doug

    Sarah Palin spent "tens of thousands" more than the quoted $150,000 on clothes for the Republican campaign, met McCain aides in her hotel room dressed in nothing but a towel, and did not know Africa was a continent, according to new reports.

    Fox news has reported that Mrs Palin did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country, and did not know what countries were in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    In separate claims made in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine, the Republican vice presidential nominee was reported to have been told to buy three suits for the Republican convention, and to hire a stylist. Instead, she went on a spending spree in upmarket stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

    Quoting unnamed sources within the McCain camp, the magazine alleges that most of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who "was shocked when he got the bill."

    An angry aide described the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast", and predicted that the truth would eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

    The magazine also claimed that Mrs Palin used low ranking staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards, and that up to $40,000 was spent on clothes for her husband Todd.

    A number of articles of clothing have been lost, the magazine states.

    The disclosures are made in "How He Did It, 2008", in Newsweek's Special Election Project, a behind-the-scenes account of the presidential election produced the day after the polls closed.

    The magazine also claims that at the GOP convention in St. Paul, when aides Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her, Ms Palin walked into the room wearing only a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat to Todd, adding: "I'll be just a minute."

  14. Panic sets in for Obama, Democrats

    September 12, 2008, 09:04 PM

    The Atlanta Journal-Constipation

    Barack Obama knows it. The election he had in the bag is slipping away.

    The selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has so thrown him off stride, as it has most other Democrats, that all the momentum he had has vanished. He’s getting panicky advice from everywhere. He intends to launch more and sharper attacks, abandoning any pretense of a new and different, more civil campaign.

    Democrats know something, and desperation is setting in. They have a novice campaigner who wanders off message. With every advantage in the primaries, Obama couldn’t win the big states — New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania — against Hillary Clinton, even when he got to define the rules for running against him. She could never risk alienating the base she’ll need in 2012; John McCain and Sarah Palin have no such constraints — hence the panic.

    For a “change” candidate, Obama appears to be a man locked in time, unable to move past criticism, unable to move from the grip of the Democratic left, unable to adapt to the changed reality that the campaign is not the referendum on the war in Iraq or on the administration of George W. Bush that he’d envisioned.

    He’s begun to sound dated. Last week, for example, he devoted valuable campaign days — less than

    So McCain responded by sending Palin to Charlie Gibson and Katie while

  15. Test

    Dang it, I'm trying to remove Mr and Mrs Palin and put up a girl fishing as my new image, but am failing....calling my daughter....

  16. "The magazine also claims that at the GOP convention in St. Paul, when aides Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her, Ms Palin walked into the room wearing only a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat to Todd, adding: "I'll be just a minute." "

    That belongs in National Enquirer, except that their standards are too high to accept it.

  17. I'd show you guys some real nice pictures from around here, but haven't figured out how to do it yet...the 'old man' problem...

  18. Hillary, and other rich Dems get FREE CLOTHES from big name designers worth millions, which is illegal, but not prosecuted, of course.

  19. Steve and Mark were probly scared shitless at the prospect of talking to a Normal American Male.

  20. I need help and admit it....I'm not computer friendly....

  21. Barack talking to Joe the Plumber!

  22. Ask and you shall receive, Al-Bob.
    ...but it's gotta be more specific than a long whine!

  23. Blogger makes it SIMPLE to upload images.
    Your friendly barmates can explain, if I go to bed before you get an answer.

  24. ah, hell Doug, get over it, the law doesn't mean a thing anymore. If you are going to steal, do it through paper work, don't go into a bank like a dumb white guy did here yesterday, and walk out with 500 bucks and his face immediately all over town, and arrested two hours later, and facing 7 years, do it smart, become a politician.

    Advice from ol' bob.

  25. You mean Joe, the wanna be plumber, right?

    Another part of the Magical Mystery Tour

    I certainly hope John McCain can serve out his term, as Senator, and then retire to the Vortex Ranch.
    With the thanks of a grateful nation and its' President, Obama.

  26. Become a Charlie Rangel, write the tax laws yourself, then cheat like hell.

    I always liked Charlie, always good for a laugh.

    I don't like Obama.

  27. How the hell do I get Mr and Mrs Palin off my page, and substitute the steel head fishing girl with the Coors Lite in her bikini?

    Where's my daughter?


  28. I'll 'get her done'--but it may be tomorrow....

  29. Old WHITE Man, Bob.
    next step,
    Old Dead White Man! know the ones that get thier graves spit on these days.

  30. bob
    click on your name, from one of the posts

    It will take you to your profile page

    click edit profile
    scroll down to the image, click remove image

    It will then provide an add image space. click the one for your computer, go to the file you wish and click it on, the photo should apply itself to your profile.

    scroll to the bottom, okay the changes

  31. Hey, Albob, did you get a lot of sun on your arms on the farm back in the early days before Air Conditioned Deere?

  32. Perfect, Rat.
    I've never done it, but knew Google would make it easy.

  33. I'll try that..actually I think I did try that..if I can't get it done I'll ask my daughter.

    I have some really nice photos of the Grand Ronde I'm going to post.

    Rat, I think the only thing to do now for the next few months is to say the hell with politics, and get back to basics. We're good at that, at least.

    Take a horse back ride, go fishing, etc......

  34. Doug, truthfully, I was like a rock, there for awhile. It was the best part of my life. A wife, a John Deere, no money....

    The best parts of life are when you are young and hopeful, and can work hard, and read.

    That's for everybody.

  35. I've got a daughter drifts in and out of here once in a while.....


  36. The Day After, Voters Reflect

    Scroll down til you see a picture of a guy with a scarf on his head, and a big mustache.

    In 30 seconds, you'll be able to say you saw the World's Most Clueless 62 year old.

  37. Was for me too, Bob, but I asked about your arms:
    Notice any changes from the sun damage?

  38. Exactly, bob.

    The best revenge is living well.

    Define the tenents of what it is, to be a conservative in the 21st century.

    Leave the corrupt husk of the Republican Party behind.

    L kinda like mat's idea of a party that advocates a green librarian point of view.

    What are the cornerstones of rebuilding going to entail, which parts of the "old" the add-ons will we have to tear off, to get to a rebuildable core?

    Energy independence of course, fair trade or free?

  39. The NY Times had an article that explained what Sun damage does to a White Guys skin, and had some microscope photos to illustrate.
    Didn't believe the Doctor til I saw that.

  40. No, I was in a John Deere 8440 most of the time, and before that a Steiger Bearcat, now out of business.

    John Deere makes good equipment, I can tell you that.

    A great American company.

  41. That 8440 was a great tractor, powerful, quiet, lovely.

    I listened to more Willy Nelson than you have ever heard.

  42. Scroll down til you see a picture of a guy with a scarf on his head, and a big mustache.

    who says

    Obama touched something deep inside me

  43. Yeah I read some gal that said her man liked her finger up his ass on occasion.
    Seemed a bit odd.

  44. Which is worse, that, or a tingle up your leg?

  45. I get a tingle now and then when I think about some of the California girls I knew many eons ago.

  46. The folks on the "Left" they are not afraid to claim vixtory.

    From Time:

    Barack Hussein Obama did not win because of the color of his skin. Nor did he win in spite of it. He won because at a very dangerous moment in the life of a still young country, more people than have ever spoken before came together to try to save it. And that was a victory all its own.

  47. Good Grief, Rat, how about This in the Land of No Parting.....

    Let's wake up with the sun...

  48. Friend of mine had an Alabama Girl that looked like the LawnMower Racer, cept she wasn't blonde.

  49. :) :)

    Good one, Doug.

    I got to catch a wink.


  50. Time to react...

    Raise prices...

    Put off capital expenses....

    Tight the belt....

    Lock things down...

    Buy the Glock...

    Freeze hiring....

    Start my new cash business to join the UNDERGROUND economy....

    Yep CHANGE is coming...

    The up side to the racist voting patterns of our fellow african american?

    (for all to long I could not understand this Barry issue, now I understand, Black Americans have been trapped by their own victimhood... The ONLY can see black and white, whereas MOST of america really was over this issue years ago...)

    Black America finally will be forced to take their chip off their shoulders...

    Black/White aint MOST of WHITE America's issue...

    It's going to be funny as shit when Black America doesnt have the crutch anymore...

  51. kinda like mat's idea of a party that advocates a green librarian point of view.

    waidaminute, waidaminute!
    dat cant be right!

  52. California Set to Back Gay-Marriage Ban

    Without the Black Vote, it wouldn't have passed - they voted 70% for it!

    ...Black bigots, according to T.

  53. "whereas MOST of america really was over this issue years ago..."
    Not the White Liberals that profit from the victimization, whether it be power, financial profit, or psychic "gain."
    (relief from their White Guilt)

  54. 67. mika2k1:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Why don't you spend more time checking your facts and less time with the name-calling?

    The following article states that electric cars require 4 times the amount of electricity as plasma tvs:

    Wow, someone who still believes the political hacks at CBS.

    Plasma TVs vs. Plug-In Cars
    We already wrote about a study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory that shows that plug-in cars might not need new power plants (or few of them), and now we learn that a big screen plasma TV actually drains more power from the grid than a plug-in.

    "Plasma TVs, industry officials say, consume about four times the electricity as recharging a plug-in hybrid. Yet utilities have managed to cope with the increased loads as thousands of new televisions came on line."

  55. From:

  56. CBS is ...

    National Amusements, Inc. is a privately owned media and entertainment company based in Dedham, Massachusetts, USA. The company was founded in 1936 as the Northeast Theatre Corporation by Michael Redstone.

    National Amusements is now owned by Michael Redstone's son, Sumner Redstone, who holds 80% of the company, and Sumner's daughter, Shari Redstone, who owns the remaining 20%.[1]

    The company operates more than 1,500 movie screens across the United States, the United Kingdom, Latin America, and Russia under its Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas, Cinema de Lux, and KinoStar brands.

    National Amusements holds controlling voting interests in CBS Corporation, Viacom, (which includes MTV Networks, BET, and movie production and distribution Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios), CyGamZ and Midway Games, and is equal partners in

    The board of directors of CBS Corp. include:

    David R. Andelman is an attorney at Lourie & Cutler, P.C.

    Joseph A. Califano, Jr. He has held many posts in the United States Government including United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1977 until 1979.

    William S. Cohen is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as Secretary of Defense (1997–2001) under Democratic President Bill Clinton

    Charles K. Gifford is Chairman Emeritus of Bank of America, joining the company as CEO of BankBoston.

    Bruce S. Gordon is an African American business executive who spent most of his career with Verizon and currently serves as a corporate director of CBS and Tyco International. He was selected in June 2005 to head the NAACP, a major American civil rights organization. [1] Gordon served in that position until March 2007.

    Philippe P. Dauman is the President and CEO of Viacom. He has served at this post since September 2006. Dauman is a longtime associate of the company's chairman Sumner Redstone.

    Leslie Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation.

    Shari Redstone (non-executive Vice-Chair) is the daughter of Sumner Redstone and Phyllis Gloria Raphael, sister of Brent Redstone, granddaughter of Michael Redstone (who changed his name from Michael Rothstein), and 1975 graduate of Tufts University. She has three children with her former husband, Grand Rabbi Yitzhak Aharon Korff. The marriage ended in divorce.

    Sumner Redstone (Chairman) (born Sumner Murray Rothstein; May 27, 1923) is majority owner and Chairman of the Board of the National Amusements theater chain. Through National Amusements, Sumner Redstone and his family are majority owners of CBS Corporation, Viacom, and Midway Games, MTV Networks, BET, and movie production and distribution Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios, and are equal partners in

    Ann N. Reese is the Executive Director of the Center for Adoption Policy

    Judith A. Sprieser

    Robert D. Walter is an American businessman. In 1971 he purchased Cardinal Foods, a small Ohio food wholesaler, in a leveraged buyout. Cardinal Health is now an $87 billion USD Fortune 100 company and one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals, health & beauty products, and hospital supplies in the United States.

    sourced from wiki

  57. List of assets owned by CBS
    Television networks: CBS, The CW (co-owned with Time Warner), CBS College Sports Network, Showtime Networks
    Television broadcast affiliates: CBS Television Stations
    Television production and distribution: CBS Paramount Television (aka CBS Studios, Inc., CBS Broadcasting, Inc., and CBS Worldwide, Inc.--this includes its worldwide television distribution unit), Big Ticket Television, Spelling Television, etc.
    Record Label: CBS Records
    Radio: CBS Radio
    Digital Media: CBS Interactive, CBS Innertube,, CNET Networks, BNET, Consumating,, GameFAQs, Game Rankings,GameSpot, Metacritic,Movie Tome,, mySimon, TechRepublic,,VersionTracker, ZDNet,Wallstrip
    Outdoor advertising: CBS Outdoor
    Publishing: Simon & Schuster
    Consumer products: CBS Consumer Products
    Legacy brands: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Other assets: CBS Films, CBS Operations, CBS Games, CBS Outernet MKTierCo Production Company

  58. November 03, 2008: 05:15 PM EST

    Media mogul Sumner Redstone reiterated Monday that he has no intention of selling any more shares of Viacom Inc. (VIA) and CBS Corp. (CBS) to satisfy his lenders. He also said during a conference call his firm, National Amusements Inc., has valuable real estate assets at its theater business.

    Redstone's firm, which holds his controlling stakes in Viacom and CBS, is negotiating with its lenders over covenants on its $1.6 billion debt loan that were breached when shares of the two media companies fell precipitously in the historic stock market sell-off in October.

    As a result, the firm was forced to sell $233 million worth of non-voting stock in Viacom and CBS. Speculation has been rife on Wall Street since then that further sales could be required as both stocks continue to languish, and Redstone's grip on his media empire could be loosened.

    By pointing to National Amusements' real estate during the conference call following Viacom's third-quarter earnings report, Redstone suggested that he could use the value of those assets as collateral to satisfy lenders and avoid more stock sales. That prospect raises fresh questions about Redstone's longrunning feud with his daughter, Shari, who runs the movie theater business and has quarreled with her father over succession plans at his media empire.

    She released a public statement last month after the firm's stock sales were announced, insisting the movie theaters weren't to blame for the company's predicament-something her camp suspected her father was suggesting behind the scenes, say people familiar with the situation.

    "I can assure you that a resolution is expected in a reasonable time frame," said Redstone.

    -By Nat Worden, Dow Jones Newswires

  59. What are the cornerstones of rebuilding going to entail, which parts of the "old" the add-ons will we have to tear off, to get to a rebuildable core?

    1/ federal tax code that consists of one line: 1% import tax.

    2/ federal agencies: military and standards

    3/ mandatory national service for all.

    4/ preference to green sustainable decentralized living.

  60. Some interesting housing stats, from the Census Bureau

    Each of the decades from 1960 onward, they have contributed about 14% in housing unit growth.

    Say 1.4% growth per annum, in the number of housing units built, since 1960.

    Down to less than 3 dwellers per housing unit, on average.

    The CIA tells US
    Population growth rate:
    0.883% (2008 est.)

    That's a systemic problem.

  61. EXCLUSIVE: Emanuel accepts White House job

    Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a wily, aggressive West Wing strategist under President Bill Clinton, has accepted the post of White House chief of staff for President-elect Barack Obama, Democratic officials tell Politico.

    The selection is the first major public decision by Obama since he was elected in a landslide on Tuesday.

    Emanuel's deputies will include Pete Rouse, currently Obama's Senate chief of staff. Rouse is known among Democrats as "the keeper of the list" — key jobs and who might get them.

    After meeting with his economic advisers on Friday in Chicago, Obama will hold his first news conference as president-elect.

  62. From his official biography: "Emanuel began his career with the consumer rights organization Illinois Public Action. He worked on Paul Simon’s 1984 election to the U.S. Senate and in 1989 served as a senior adviser and chief fundraiser for Richard M. Daley. Emanuel served as a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. After leaving the White House, Emanuel returned to Chicago to serve as a managing director at a leading global investment bank.

    "Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981 and received a Master’s Degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. He is a resident of Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood where he and his wife are raising three children."

  63. DR - The folks on the "Left" they are not afraid to claim victory.

    You are right about that - another example below. It will be awhile b4 Repubs regain power, but not 40 years. The Dem's will continue to fuck up, and will now be in a position where they can't blame Repubs. The pubs, or their replacement party, will have to find their own "artful messenger", one who will repackage the tried and true principles of conservatism so that it resonates again, and most importantly, clear out the dead wood. My bet (and hope) is he will be found among those young vets of Iraqi nation building.

    James Carville in the Financial Times
    In presidential politics, party dominance is cyclical. Look at 1896-1932, then 1932-1968, then 1968-2008. Republican dominance over the past 40 years (the exceptions being one term for Jimmy Carter and two for Bill Clinton) grew out of a reaction to the 1960s. It was rooted in the power of the white male vote. But that voting bloc is shrinking while emerging Democratic constituencies are projected to grow in size and voting strength. To put it simply, every shrinking demographic is Republican and every growing one is Democratic.

    One party has to lose a presidential election every four years. Congressional seats change hands every election cycle. Elections come and go and usually they are without deep or abiding consequence for either party. That is politics. But occasionally there is the election, like this one, that makes a resounding, lasting impact on the US political landscape. The Republican party, now an at all-time low in popularity, has lost a generation of voters. In 2008, a new Democratic majority has emerged with young voters at the helm. It is a majority that will continue for 40 more years.

  64. A prime reason to believe Carville is wrong, via American Thinker blog.

    What Obama must resist
    Rick Moran
    If Barack Obama is going to succeed, he will have to find a way to resist the far left radicals in the Democratic Congress.

    This piece in the Wall Street Journal i s both instructive - and a warning:

    Mr. Obama may appreciate the threat, because yesterday he offered Clinton White House veteran Rahm Emanuel a job as his chief of staff. But even that savvy, relatively sane liberal will have difficulties grappling with the fearsome committee chairmen and liberal interest groups that did so much to sabotage Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Meet the President-elect's real opposition:

    David Obey. The Appropriations Chairman wants to slash defense spending as a money grab for more social programs and entitlements. Fellow spender Barney Frank recently added that a military budget cut of 25% was about right. A military crash diet wouldn't leave the funds for the surge in Afghanistan that Mr. Obama advocates, and it's a sure way to hand the national security issue back to the GOP.

    Chuck Schumer. The Senate Democrat and his friends are already threatening banks if they don't lend more money instantly under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Other political masters want to use Tarp to nationalize large swaths of U.S. industry such as the Detroit auto makers or to bail out states like New York that are in debt. If Mr. Obama doesn't want to have to pass a Tarp II, he'll have to say no.

    Also included in this rogues gallery is John Conyers (who may convene hearings on whether to charge Bush, Cheney et al with war crimes), Henry Waxman (whose "investigations" will no doubt give a whole new meaning to "show trials"), and Pete Stark who might be the weirdest of them all.

    Many are unconvinced that Obama wants to resist the far left impulses of this Congress. If not, he will end up helping the Republicans more than he can possibly imagine. And if he does resist, he will anger the crowd and other elements of his base.

    Welcome to the presidency, Mr. Obama.

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