Setting a ‘responsible example’ for ‘Father’s Day celebration’ at WH…

Via Drudge:

Team TOTUS gives permission for ridiculous disrespectful behavior in our seat of executive power: Tony Hawk skateboards in the hall at the White House as part of a Father's Day celebration, Friday, June 19, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Tony Hawk)

Tony Hawk skateboards in the hall at the White House as part of a Father's Day celebration, Friday, June 19, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Tony Hawk)

Meanwhile in the East Room:

I am sure Ajad and N Korea are scared witless of us….

June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Comedy, Entertainment, Film, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Why Mrs. MiM hearts Jake Tapper…

Jake has thus far resisted being assimilated or replaced by a pod person. He is all over the Team TOTUS intimidation on IGs…

Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 6/19/2009

June 19, 2009 3:44 PM

TAPPER: Earlier this year  the special inspector general for TARP Neil Barofsky tried to get documents relating to AIG.  The Treasury Department rebuffed that request, and although ultimately I think they did turn over the documents, the Treasury Department sought a ruling from the Justice Department on just how independent Neil Barofsky’s office is supposed to be. Please explain from the administration’s perspective what exactly is going on here and why it appears as though the Treasury Department is pushing back against an independent inspector general.

GIBBS:  Well, obviously, Jake, the president believes that inspectors general fulfill a unique and important role in ensuring that programs operate with efficiency.  No attorney-client privilege on any of this stuff has been invoked.  No documents sought have been or are being withheld.  The DOJ review is not related to any particular investigation.  It is sorting out legal issues relating to the creation of the office.

TAPPER:  Right.  But could you explain — could you actually answer my question?  I understand the talking points you’ve been given, but — but could you answer my question, which is why would the Treasury Department push back against the inspector general trying to get the documents…


GIBBS:  Well, again…


TAPPER:  I understand…


GIBBS:  I would point you to DOJ on the specifics of that, and point you to the fact that the documents haven’t been withheld.

TAPPER:  But Robert, we’re only, what, about 150-some days into this presidency.


GIBBS:  One-hundred-and-fifty-one.

TAPPER:  One-hundred-and-fifty-one days into this presidency, and already the president has fired one inspector general and his Treasury Department is challenging the independence of a different inspector general.  Can you understand why people who believe the president when he talked about the desire to be held accountable and the need for transparency, would say…


June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Film, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Star Trek. Comments off.

True Blood Season 2 Episode 2 Preview: “Jesus Asked Me Out Today”

Sneak peek at True Blood season 2 episode 2, “Keep This Party Going”, musical performance by Amanda Jane and the God Rockets. For news, spoilers and more visit Look at ‘Jason’ dancing heh :0)

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June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Horror, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, True Blood, Urban Fantasy. Comments off.

Market Update: Quadruple Witching…

Quadruple Witching today, the Third Friday of the month, on which contracts for stock index futures, stock index options, stock options and single stock futures are all expiring…we usually see good volume and an up day…

An hour to the close and markets are mixed…

DOW down 37 to 8518

S & P flat at 918

NAS up 14.47 to 1822..

Gold flat at 935.20, rest of precious metals are flat to down slightly..

Oil down, yay!, down 1.74 to 69.63

HEALTH CARE SECTOR of all things is what is pulling us up, LOL! Thiss off rumors the Senate is pulling the public option off the table…call Critters anyway, could be a head fake….

Via CNBC health care stock recovery  in past 4 days:

Cigna up 22%

HealthNet up 19%

Coventry up 18%

Aetna up 15%

Humana up 13%

UnitedHealth up 10%

*Eagles courtesy of rebelyeller987

June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Entertainment, Finance. Comments off.

TGIF! Carol Burnett Show: Rebecky…

I love the novel by Du Maurier, the film by Selznick and Hitchcock, and the fabulous parody by the incomparable Carol Burnett…. :0

Courtesy of wickedfan1DINA

Part Two after the break…


June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy, Entertainment, Fiction, Film, Film Noir, Popular Culture, Suspense. Comments off.

Team TOTUS and Taxes: Everything is on the Table



June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

BBR: Update: Wyden’s Middle Way…Health Care: House Proposes New Payroll Taxes, Value Added Tax, to fund health care bill….

Bumped: Now that CBO scored the Kennedy draft, the Wyden Bennett bill is getting a chance, here is video from 2 months ago and a WSJ piece up TODAY!

Update: WSJ has an excellent interview up with Ron Wyden D-OR, who has what sounds like a FABULOUS proposal that will address many of the issues we have without taxing us to death or rationing our care, please go read it!

…less-radical approaches, like the one Mr. Wyden is co-sponsoring with Utah Republican Bob Bennett. “The country has bailout fatigue,” Mr. Wyden explains. “The Congressional Budget Office said our proposal was budget neutral in the short term and that it would essentially start bending the cost curve downward in the third year.”

…the Wyden-Bennett Healthy Americans Act relies on the private insurance market while imposing a series of regulations to squeeze savings from the private sector. It also requires individuals to buy coverage for themselves, the controversial “individual mandate.” The idea, Mr. Wyden says, is to harness the Democratic desire to get everyone covered to the Republican interest in markets and consumer choice.

..I think the way to go,” Mr. Wyden says, “is with a generous deduction that sends a market-oriented message.” He says that means that, if you shop carefully for your health care, you’re going to get your taxes cut.

The typical family of four spends about $13,000 a year for their health care for the year, he says. In the Healthy Americans plan, they set the deduction at $19,000. “If you get a deduction of between $17,000 and $19,000 for a middle-class family of four . . . [that] now spends $13,000 on health care, we’ve got a chance to give millions of people . . . more money in their wallet because they got a chance to shop in a new system driven by informed choice and financial incentives to make those choices.”


…And Labor? Unions have every right to bargain for the best possible package, he says. “But nobody, be it a CEO or a labor [union] member ought to be getting what amounts to gold-plated coverage with the tax subsidies paid for by somebody who is a modestly compensated woman at a small business who doesn’t have a health plan.”

Sounds like Wyden and Bennett have a feasible answer to the issue, I am letting my Critters know I support it :0)


June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 6 comments.

Buckethead: T:SCC Cancellation: One Month Later…

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