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That’s in reference to James O’Keefe, famous for nailing some of the dumber employees of ACORN some months ago leading to national fallout.  He and some other conservative young friends got in over their heads, dressing up like telephone repairmen and entering Senator Mary Landrieu’s office in an attempt to bug her telephones.  They were caught and they’re facing felony charges.  Some conservative figures are defending them and some are distancing themselves.

Obviously these kids were into themselves, but I’d really like to know if there were grown-ups who put them on to it.  The guy who payrolls O’Keefe denies any involvement.  As was reported on MSNBC last night, one of these kids has a father in Louisiana who is acting as US Attorney for the state because Dave Vitter has blocked Obama’s nominee to replace him.  The alleged perps will certainly be lawyered up well. Two of the kids have ties to the conservative Leadership Institute and the conservative Pelican Institute also finds itself caught up in the story.  One of them is reportedly something of a prodigy on national security issues.  He is also credited with a mocking piece entitled “the Penis Monologues,” but I doubt he was the first to come up with that one.

As this blogger points out, they were up against a very professional security operation and maybe they were lulled by their ACORN experiences.

O’Keefe’s 15 minutes may be over once the legal action is finished.  The Utah GOP canceled a speaking event.

Of course he and his cohorts are looking at the possibility of sentences as high as 10 years.

Fox News, which plastered their screens with him for months after the ACORN hoopla, is barely covering this story.  I don’t think they’re covering for him.  I think it’s about their own asses.

Addendum: Speaking of Fox, there’s some media confusion about a new poll which indicates that it is the most trusted news source and the least trusted.  Kos explains.

Heraldo reports another candidate for District Attorney.  Allison Jackson, who was very involved in Worth Dikeman’s campaign the last time around, accusing both Gallegos and our own Ed Denson of nefarious deeds (prompting my first ever letter to the North Coast Journal), has announced her candidacy.

More as it develops.

With the Center for American Progress (the major Democratic Party think tank) now endorsing a strategy for the House to pass the Senate Bill straight up and then muscle through a “fix” with reconciliation, the proposal appears to be gaining steam.  CAP had been mysteriously silent on any strategy until this morning.  Of course the Republicans are promising to stonewall in any way they can.

The hang up has been with the House’s lack of trust of the Senate that it will have the will or ability to pass the fix.  Nobody in the house likes the tax on “Cadillac policies” which jeopardize union coverage.  And some of them want to try to throw the public option back into the mix, though the leadership probably doesn’t want to complicate things for Senate Democrats.

The problem I have is that the Senate has been acting like the House of Lords throughout the process, and that’s how they ended up dickering around with the bill until they lost their next-to-useless super-majority.  I hope progressives reintroduce the public option in a separate bill and force each Democrat to take a stand.  At this point I don’t care if Blanch Lincoln loses to the Republican in Arkansas.  It does look like Bayh may have dodged a bullet.  I don’t believe Mike Pence’s reasoning for backing out.  I think Bayh’s post-Massachusetts whining probably did earn him some points with Indiana voters and the movement in internal polls spooked Pence who’s not yet ready to risk everything.

Even putting ideology aside, I’m amazed that the Democrats didn’t have a plan in place for the loss in Massachusetts.   They appear to have settled on one now.  Who knows how it’ll play out?

Addendum: Looks like the House is game, but they want a guarantee from 51 Senators to see it home.

Thanks to all who participated.  I’m too beat to go into details right now, but I have a couple of answers to questions asked.

The electric bi-wheel things, whatever they are, did receive approval from the Board on the basis that bicycles are allowed and they don’t make noise.

We don’t have a model for a housing project endowing a park, but there is a model for endowing a land conservation trust.  I will forward the information when I have it.

And there seems to be support on the Board for more open Board meetings.

I hope those who participated will feel free to post their thoughts.  I thought it was very positive.  Let’s see how long we can keep that going.

I guess this will put the monster thread to rest just short of 900 posts.

I really wish Obama had recruited him for VP.

I was just on my way over to the office listening to KMUD when I heard David Cobb discussing the movement to amend the Constitution to eliminate corporate personhood.  I have a few thoughts on the matter which I’ll share another time, but I want to respond to a woman identified as “Ella” who called in to suggest outreaching to Tea Party activists on the issue.  I have no problem with that, if the Tea Partiers are indeed in opposition to the decision and concept.  And I agree with David when he says that we can work with people across ideologies and respectfully disagree on issues such as health care.

Then Ella said something which bothered me.  She said that the Tea Party crowd would “come around” to the right side on health care.  With all due respect to Ella, who has the best of intentions – they won’t.  But that’s even beside the point.

If you’re going to coalition with people who have a much different political perspective, you really have to learn how to listen to them.  The Tea Partiers have spent the past year in vehement, often hard line, opposition to government run health care in any form.  If you don’t realize this, you haven’t been paying attention to them and you aren’t really listening.  Government run health care goes strictly against their view of America.  Maybe a few will “come around,” but most will not – not even when they realize that Medicare is in fact government run health care.

In short, if you go into any dialogue with an expectation that they will come around on health care, you aren’t paying them the respect they deserve with regard to their world views and ideology.  It behooves you to listen as well as talk; to understand where they are coming from and where they want the country to go.  Ella has populism in common with them.  But unless she is willing to give up support for universal health care, there will not be any agreement on that issue.  It has been the primary motivation for Tea Party rallying, more than any other issue.

It’s not a trivial point.

Public dollars spent on public transportation create twice as many jobs as construction of highway infrastrucutre.  Forget about “shovel ready.”  Forget about shovels.

Pretty cool actually.  The sign in the photo contains the title of the current movie and clicking on it takes you to a page containing a review and trailer.  And they have the reviews and trailers for coming films.  There’s a moderated comments page.  And a history of the theater page with some old photographs and newspaper clips.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

The Brannans have operated the theater for next to nothing, sometimes even losing money.  It really is a public service.

Addendum: Apologies.  Forgot to provide the link.

CR to hold press conference announcing acquisition of Garberville School for new Southern Humboldt Instructional Site

When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.
Who: College of the Redwoods and Southern Humboldt Unified School District
Southern Humboldt representative on the CR Board of Trustees George Truett
CR President Jeff Marsee
SHUSD Superintendent Mike McCallister
SHUSD Board President Dennis O’Sullivan
Where: Garberville School, 286 Sprowel Creek Road, Garberville.  (From north of Garberville – take second exit – the Sprowel Creek Road exit. The Garberville School will be right there.

CR to hold press conference announcing acquisition of
Garberville School for new Southern Humboldt Instructional Site
When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.
Who: College of the Redwoods and Southern Humboldt Unified School District
Southern Humboldt representative on the CR Board of Trustees George Truett
CR President Jeff Marsee
SHUSD Superintendent Mike McCallister
SHUSD Board President Dennis O’Sullivan
Where: Garberville School, 286 Sprowel Creek Road, Garberville.  (From north of Garberville – take second exit – the Sprowel Creek Road exit. The Garberville School will be right there.

Completely  juvenile, but right on point.  It needs to go viral.  Send a link to your representatives.

Addendum: From MYDD on the difference between FDR and Obama.

FDR in 1936:

Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent.

For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace – business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for meand I welcome their hatred.

Obama this morning:

My message to members of Congress of both parties is that we have to get this done. And my message to leaders of the financial industry is to work with us, and not against us, on needed reforms. I welcome constructive input from folks in the financial sector.

Second addendum: Some of the media have been reporting that the Democrats lost their majority. These tidbits courtesy of TPM.

-A Philadelphia Metro newspaper headline on Thursday asked: “How will Dems recover after losing majority?”

- CNN reported: ‘Brown’s election tips Senate balance of power to GOP’ (video here)

-An early lede (since changed) on this New York Times story read: “Senate Democrats prepared to meet on Wednesday to consider the fate of the bill now that Scott Brown’s Senate win has cost them their razor-thin advantage.”

-Twitter was buzzing that local NBC news in NY was reporting Democrats lost their majority in the Senate Tuesday night.

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