Karl Rove is a flaming bag of crap, but what’s new about that?

Do I love Satan?  Yes I do.  Why do you ask?

"Do I love Satan? Hell, yes! Why do you ask?"

 

Barack Obama scared Karl Rove last week.

What did the President do that put fear in the black little heart of George Bush’s “Turd Blossom?”

Before the House of Representatives voted on the President’s budget, he went to the Hill to meet with Democrats and discuss some of their concerns.

Congressional Quarterly reported there was a interesting exchange between President Obama and a representative.

Rep. Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon, one of seven Democrats to vote against the almost $800 billion stimulus bill (PL 111-5) — he felt it didn’t include enough infrastructure spending — asked about getting more such spending in the budget.

In response, Obama joked: “I know you think we need more for that because you voted against it [the stimulus]. Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother,” the president added, to laughter from DeFazio’s colleagues.

“It caught everybody’s attention that the president knew who voted for and against the stimulus. Everybody said, ‘Whoa! He knows who voted against the stimulus,’” said one Democratic lawmaker of Obama’s riposte to DeFazio.

“At least, I got his attention,” DeFazio said, referring to his query to Obama. “I can vote for the House version of the budget because it increased the funding for transportation.” 

Got that?  The president made  a joke.  DeFazio’s colleagues laughed.  That was the extent of it.

Take a bite out of crime.  Send Rove to the slammer.

Take a bite out of crime. Send Rove to the slammer.

At least until Rove got his piggy little fingers on the remark.  Then he twisted it into not a joke, but a threat.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Rove said,  “A few weeks ago, Mr. DeFazio voted against the administration’s stimulus bill. The comment from Mr. Obama was a presidential rebuke and part of a new, hard-nosed push by the White House to pressure Congress to adopt the president’s budget. He has mobilized outside groups and enlisted forces still in place from the Obama campaign.”

Members of Congress should also worry about how Mr. Obama is “keeping score.” He is steeped in the ways of Chicago politics and has not forgotten his training in the methods once used by Saul Alinsky, the radical Chicago community organizer.

Alinsky’s 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals,” is a favorite of the Obamas. Michele Obama quoted it at the Democratic Convention. One Alinsky tactic is to “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” That’s what the White House did in targeting Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer. (The president’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, went so far as to lash all three from the White House press podium.) It may also explain Mr. Obama’s comments to Mr. DeFazio.

After all, Alinsky’s first rule of “power tactics” is “power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” Team Obama wants to remind its adversaries it has plenty of power, and it does. The question is whether the White House will wield it responsibly. The jury is still out, but certain clues are beginning to emerge. “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother,” even if said with a wink and a smile, isn’t quite the “new politics” we were told to expect.

Read what was said in The Congressional Quarterly and it comes off as good-natured humor by the president.  Read Rove’s malicious spin and Obama sounds more like Al Capone.

It’s not just a slight distortion of the meeting.  It’s a out-and-out LIE. 

Thanks for reminding me Karl why I never read Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal and why I stopped reading NEWSWEEK when they hired your chickenhawk ass. 

For a blind partisan scumbag and political hitman like Rove to deliberately lie and distort President Obama’s remarks comes as no surprise at all and it’s only slightly less surprising the Journal would  whore  what little journalistic integrity it had left before Murdoch pimped it out.

Would it be to much to ask for Rep. John Conyers slap a contempt of Congress charge against Rove’s refusal to testify so we could hurry up and lock him away so he can pay a visit to the prison gynecologist?

Prison orange looks good on you, Karl!

Prison orange looks good on you, Karl!

Let’s make our streets safe again.  Send Karl Rove to jail.  Or back home to Satan.  I don’t care which.

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The Question is “Who Wants ‘The Answer’?”

The question for The Answer is where will he be next season?

The question for "The Answer" is where will he be next season?

These days I’d just as soon play a NBA video game than watch a NBA basketball game.   I don’t have a favorite team though I have a sentimental attraction to the Philadelphia 76ers. 

What I do enjoy is watching certain players.  Guys like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard and the little big man, Allen Iverson.

The thing is unlike James, Wade and Howard, three  young players whom are just entering their prime, A.I.  is on the downstroke.   He’s bounced around from the Sixers to the Denver Nuggets to now the Detroit Pistons, in what is the unhappiest and least productive season of his 13-year career.

The problem is Iverson, the guy with the ankle-breaking crossover  who fearlessly threw his body around, thinks he’s still an elite player.  He is.  But only for short bursts of time.  The rest of the time he’s holding on to the ball too long, dribbling too much and not getting his teammates involved as they watch him jack up a bad jumper than clangs off the rim.

Iverson was shut down for the remainder of the season by the Pistons due to a back injury he’s struggled with, but it’s just as likely the team figured they were better off not dealing with the distraction of a aging superstar who had publicly declared his unhappiness with coming off the bench.

After a 111-98 loss on April 2 to the absolutely awful New Jersey Nets, Iverson said about his new role as a sixth man, “I won’t do this again in my career.  I’ll retire before I do this again.  I would leave the game before I’d do this because I can’t be effective like I know I can (by) playing this way. ”

“It’s just that I’m not used to it.  It’s just not someting that I’ve ever been able or had to do.”

Immediately, the same haters who have always hated Iverson because they didn’t like his tattoos, didn’t like the way he spoke, didn’t like the way he dressed and didn’t like the way he played jumped up and said he was being “selfish.”

Some nobody named Mike Perry wrote on his blog,  “The NBA will be a better place if Allen Iverson retires after this year.”

“The Detroit Pistons knew what they were getting this year when they traded Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets.  They didn’t acquire Allen Iverson.  They acquired his expiring contract.  Allen Iverson’s expiring contract is worth more than Allen Iverson.  When Iverson becomes a free agent this summer, he will quickly find out his services are not wanted anymore in the NBA.  There is not one contending team or playoff team that will sign him.”

“He is a cancer.  He is a plague.”

I have a sister and sister-in-law that have both fought cancer and I really don’t appreciate idiots who throw that word around casually and where it doesn’t apply.   I feel the same way about stupid sportscasters and jack-ass jocks who call their games, “war” and other gross exaggerations like that.

Who says no playoff or contending team wouldn’t sign Allen Iverson?  Is The Answer the answer for a team like the Celtics or the Spurs?  Probably not.  But for a team that lacks a dynamic scorer and a player who can still put fannies in empty seats in NBA arenas, A.I. could be exactly what they’re looking for.

Don’t tell me talent-starved dead zones like the Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves wouldn’t happily pay A.I.  Maybe not  $20 million a season for a beat-up 34-year old shooting guard in a point guard’s body, but the dirty little secret of the NBA is there are a lot of teams that don’t have much talent or any reason to watch them. 

Most of the teams that do make the playoffs won’t be there for long.  They’re just there as speed bumps for the likes of the Lakers, Cavaliers or Celtics.   Nobody is expecting to see the Chicago Bulls last very long or go very far.    If nothing else Iverson sells tickets and never underestimate how important selling tickets are.

I don’t know if Iverson is being selfish or not.  I had dinner with a couple of friends this week and they double-teamed me until I finally admitted that even if Iverson is on the down escalator he’s still better than Rodney Stuckey who is starting at point guard for the Pistons. 

All n’ all,  the Pistons and Iverson were just a bad fit.  They were just looking to rent him for one season and then dump his contract and free up cap space.  I saw a few games where Iverson was feeding the ball to his teammates and trying to set them up.  Of course, I also saw him jack up some lousy shots, dribble the ball down to 22 seconds and make some half-hearted attempts at playing defense.   Nothing new about that.   He’d done the exact same thing with the Sixers and Nuggets.

The probem isnt A.I. falls down.  It just takes him longer to get up.

The probem isn't A.I. falls down. It just takes him longer to get up.

I fully expect to see Iverson in the NBA next season and starting for somebody.   Even in decline, he’s still more exciting and entertaining than some of the has-beens, never-weres and never-will-be’s running the backcourt of NBA franchises. 

I also expect the haters who have always hated everything about The Answer to keep hating.  It’s what they do best.