links for 2009-01-08

  • On Chicago's WGN-AM radio today, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White — who did not sign the certification for Roland Burris to be named to the U.S. Senate — said his signature was "not required" for the U.S. Senate to seat Burris, and he agreed with the suggestion that the U.S. Senate was making him a "fall guy."

    "They could have seated him without my signature," White said. "My signature's mainly ceremonial rather than being a point of law."
    A deal is in the works and Burris will be seated very shortly.

  • Administrators of Team Sarah have uncovered evidence on a left-wing online thread that some Internet trolls sought to discredit the organization by posing as conservative racists on Team Sarah's forums.

    Team Sarah, an online community supportive of Gov. Sarah Palin, claims over 60,000 members and is affiliated with the Susan B. Anthony List, a PAC that supports pro-life women for public office.

    Apparently, about 90 left-wing participants on a thread at pretended to be conservatives who loved Sarah Palin before writing racist or otherwise deranged rants against Barack Obama on the Team Sarah forums. Said one interloper on the thread: "What I hope is that the fake posters eventually number the actual posters so it would be impossible to tell who is real and who is fake."
    Oh the internet……

    (tags: sarah_palin)
  • Harry Reid vowed Tuesday that he’ll lead the Senate until 2015 and beyond, taunting Republicans who’d like to unseat him and dashing the hopes of Democrats who’d like to succeed him.

    The Nevada Democrat, who is up for reelection in 2010, said he’s actually looking forward to being considered a “vulnerable” incumbent then.

    “You know, to be honest with you, I hope I am,” he said. “That way, [the Republicans are] going to spend lots of resources on me and leave states we’re looking at. They won’t have as many resources — and we have a lot of targets.”
    Harry Reid's corrupt land deals will leave him vulnerable in 2010. If the GOP can recruit a good candidate there might be an upset.

    (tags: harry_reid)
  • Sixteen years after Bill Clinton tried to end restrictions on gays in the military, the US armed forces under Barack Obama may be forced to give homosexuals the same welcome as non-gays.

    Under president Clinton, the policy that once saw homosexuals discharged from US military service evolved to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," allowing gays to remain in the military so long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation.

    Obama has pledged to overhaul current law.
    The homosexual lobby is pushing this story while the Obama Transition staff said it would be at least a year before they make this issue a prioroity. The Gays want their piece of Obama and are not letting go.

    (tags: gay_politics)
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, sparring with legislators over the state's impending fiscal meltdown, has postponed his annual state-of-the-state address until Jan. 15, perhaps hoping that by then he can describe California's condition as anything but undeniably bleak.

    But down the road in San Francisco there is no such shortage of official assessments. There, Mayor Gavin Newsom has produced a marathon, or maybe we should call it a webathon, state-of-the-city address.

    Newsom recorded 11 detailed installments on the state of his city and posted them online on the city's Internet site and on YouTube, then invited viewers to comment. The mayor's segments total more than seven hours. I know. I watched them all.
    Yeah, that is what we need in California – a dirty Nanny-state filled with homeless and panhandlers.
    Good Job Newsom – yo get a ruined San Francisco – whether you like it or not