The New Sally Quinns

I would be embarrassed if my name were attached to this story. Just when you thought the Beltway Media could not be less dignified or relevant, the Politico's John Harris and Marin Cogan prove that wrong.

The inanity and vacuousness of the Beltway is truly stunning.

Let's make this an Open Thread so that an interesting discussion might arise.

Speaking for me only

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    Lazy reporters (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by MKS on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:29:51 PM EST
    Too hard to do a story say on....a climate bill.  When they can stay right in D.C. and just do a "story" on dress-code for off work staffers....    

    They could have at least made a feeble (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 09:01:34 PM EST
    attempt to tie it in to global warming.

    Pot, meet kettle: (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by snstara on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 07:11:27 PM EST
    If there are so many Very Important Things to be concerned about, then why aren't the Very Serious People reporting those stories instead of writing  this twaddle?

    Jon Stewart's right: are all these 'journalists' rushing a fraternity?

    Beer is good to (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 08:08:27 PM EST
    wash down blackened shrimp.  No sightings of cardboard cut-outs of oiled pelicans, which is a good thing.

    CA rules against kids (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by suisser on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 08:19:34 PM EST
    CA appeals court has ruled that trained employees cannot give kids with Type 1 diabetes their insulin injections or assist a second grader with their insulin pump. With CA schools firing teachers and laying off nurses kids with Type 1 will have no choice, either they go to "special" schools, or they homeschool.

    Nephew (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by waldenpond on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 09:22:41 PM EST
    That's not new.... I have always thought this was discriminatory under law.  Seems is should be required under accomodations through the Americans with Disabilities act.

    It's been that way in our school districts for many years.  My sister went to school everyday to check my nephew's insulin.  They refuse to allow minors to manage their diabetes even when they don't need supervision.  My sister was at school so much, she ended up taking a position as a TA.

    I don't believe a school could block one parent from entering a guardianship contract with another parent from doing this.  Some parents might be able to get creative.


    I get tired of being creative though (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 10:11:45 AM EST
    Children with special needs require a lot of extra things from their parents as is.  I'm in the midst of dealing with the state of Alabama right now about Joshua having a scribe next year for lengthy writing and his testing because there is much more writing in fifth grade.  He can write okay, and it is legible, but he is missing many muscles in his hands and inspite of much practice he has never been able to attain speed and endurance for lengthy writing and timed exams.  I must provide evidence that he needs one.  His teachers are onboard too and helping.

    He doesn't want a scribe though, it makes him too different from the other kids.  So he will be learning keyboarding this summer and if he masters it I will then argue for a laptop or some other sort of assist that has a keyboard.  So my argument and fight may change in midcourse too.


    Kids with special needs (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by suisser on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 10:19:37 AM EST
    The laptop sounds like a good compromise. Hope it all works out. We're not in CA, and my insulin dependent kid is 12 and does all her own care, but she was dxd at 4 and needed help at school when she was younger. I really feel terrible for those CA families.

    D kids (none / 0) (#22)
    by suisser on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 06:50:45 AM EST
    Type 1 diabetes is part of the ADA accommodations in schools under section 504.  This challenge to trained staff providing assistance to D kids too young to draw their own insulin puts kids at risk and will either require all schools to hire nurses ( which they won't ) or wil force working parents to send their kids to "special" schools. It's a terrible ruling.

    I'm going to have to save that story (5.00 / 4) (#15)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 08:59:05 PM EST
    to look at every time I have an especially inane and vacuous day at work. I can say to myself:  'At least I did not write 3 pages about shirtless guys at bars today' and hold my head high.

    Dems no longer heart Unions. (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by Joan in VA on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 10:41:16 PM EST
    WH unknown, Schumer, Menendez-all slamming that dirty union pac money. Even fund raising with unions replacing Repubs as the enemy. Guess the corporate takeover of the party is complete.

    yep, but didn't Obama do that in Iowa? (5.00 / 2) (#21)
    by kempis on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 06:46:34 AM EST
    I have a vague recollection that he slammed Edwards for taking dirty union pac money in Iowa. I remember peeking in at Kos and Huffpo and being dumbfounded that no one seemed to be upset about it. Of course, that was when he was the Second Coming of RFK, no matter what he did or said.

    Amen to that, Joan in VA (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by DFLer on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 08:33:26 AM EST
    As FDL sez:
    If Menendez Thinks Labor Is A "DC Special Interest Group," He Should Give Their $490,000 Back

    Glenn G spanks it out re the corporate takeover of the Dem Party here, in a very good read that will get your dander way up.


    Arrogance (5.00 / 3) (#28)
    by mmc9431 on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:26:38 AM EST
    The Obama camp has made it clear from the beginning that they feel they don't need the unions. (That was the old Democratic Party).

    They were focusing their complete attention on independants and moderate Republicans to remake the party. Polls suggest they've lost them already. Still they remain arrogant and hostile to the unions.

    It's going to take a major loss in DC to wake the party up as to where the direction has to go. I think that before this is done, the Obama camp will have done more damage to the Democratic Party than GWB did to the Republicans.


    I made (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 07:37:40 AM EST
    it through the first page of that article and that was all I could take. I found it interesting the praise for the Clinton Administration. I also didn't find it interesting that Farvreau was in the middle of another PR disaster. I have no use for that guy because he's a slimebag and deserves any bad PR he gets IMO.

    Isn't he the guy with (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by hairspray on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 12:08:15 PM EST
    the Hillary cutout he was fondling while putting a beer in her hand?  He should have been fired. but.....he was so good and writing stuff that sounded slightly populist even when Obama didn't seem to feel it.

    Yep, same guy (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by lambert on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 12:40:31 PM EST
    gawd (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:26:40 AM EST
    But some White House observers said the episode revealed something else: The Obama team needs to get an Evelyn Lieberman.

    she became briefly famous as the White House staff member who tried to shoo Monica Lewinsky away from Bill Clinton

    Im honestly speechless

    new and better (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:27:12 AM EST
    btw (none / 0) (#31)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:33:22 AM EST
    the first face you will see if you click that link is Michael Sheen in a trailer for a movie called Unthinkable.  I only mention this because I happened to catch an interesting thing on cable last night called http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1117646/ which was about the relationship of Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.  Sheen is Blair.

    it was an interesting thing for a political junkie to come across.  I did not watch it closely enough to know how factual it is but it has some interesting performances.  particularly Bill and Hillary Clinton.  I expect to be able to catch it again as it cycles on cable.

    worth netflixing.


    damn (none / 0) (#32)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:34:35 AM EST
    lets try that again.

    the movie is called "A Special Relationship"


    Joshua says "nice" (none / 0) (#33)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:59:00 AM EST
    Wants to know if you were part of 'Red Faction Gorilla'?  I didn't even know there was an armed Red Faction nearby :) I did like the movie 'The Special Relationship' though and continue to wonder if there is any fact to the conversations that are depicted.  Particularly that last one where Clinton tells Blair he would advise staying away from the Bush administration because they would leave office the exact same way they came into office.

    yes (none / 0) (#36)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 10:02:08 AM EST
    I was one of two effects artists on RFG.

    and yeah, I wondered about the dramatizations as well.  I wondered about the Bill Hillary conversations.  I am looking forward to seeing the rest of it.


    whoa! (none / 0) (#43)
    by ZtoA on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 01:47:11 PM EST
    I'm sure my nephew would love the game. Not sure my sister would OK it tho. :)

    A number of years ago when there were 11-12 year olds around here I had a visit from one of the original creators of "The Sims" and the kids went nuts. They gathered around him as he sat and talked to them. At the time my daughter and nieces had discovered a glitch where one Sim could invite another (always the "boyfriend") to swim and the pool was empty and the poor Sim could not get out and so died. Those girls had so much fun having the girl Sims kill their boyfriends! Always trying to crack the code to find another way. The guy just laughed and admitted the glitch.


    Drill baby drill (5.00 / 4) (#34)
    by mmc9431 on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 10:00:23 AM EST
    The realities of the impact of the Gulf oil spill haven't even been realized yet and already LA politician are screaming to start up the drilling again.

    What liability does the state have regarding the spill?

    Two wars and a global economy in hell (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 10:00:49 AM EST
    and this is what they come up with.

    Wouldn't this analysis best be left (4.00 / 1) (#39)
    by Gisleson on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 11:37:12 AM EST
    to a shirtless Chris Cillizza and Dana Milbank in some future episode of Mouthpiece Theater?

    eeee (none / 0) (#40)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 11:38:29 AM EST
    thanks for the mental image

    RE: but this statement really made me mad (3.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Bornagaindem on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 08:07:59 PM EST
    I completely agree that this is embarrassing and low. But then again I didn't think it was my business that Clinton was having an affair. Could care less- don't want to hear it.  

    But I really take umbrage at this

    They seem to be running the White House just fine."

    Where have these guys been? These bozos including the top bozo have certainly not been running the WH just fine unless they were elected by the repug crowd.

    The war is no where near a conclusion, Guantanamo isn't closed and even if they do close it they will just move the guys they can't charge to Guantanamo II and hold them forevah, they still cater to big pharma and big insurance by forcing a healthcare mandate on individuals while not giving them an affordable option and therefore ensure that private insurance will be perpetuated for at least a few more decades so they can get their campaign contributions, women's abortion rights have suffered a tremendous blow as insurance companies begin to make you purchase a rider to get coverage even if you don't get a  government subsidy, they are still in the pockets of big banks and will water down any real reform proposal to the point that there is no real change and the economy will suffer a second financial meltdown so they can get their campaign contributions, and they have no clue how to take advantage of this spill to create a plan to wean us entirely from oil- mostly because they don't want that because they would not get their campaign contributions.

    Did I really need to read all those words? (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:09:14 PM EST
    (And don't get me started on young Mr. Favreau.)

    How dare he! (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by jtaylorr on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:15:08 PM EST
    And 20-something year old drinking BEER? And without a shirt?! Wont someone think of the children?

    Maybe he should join the Obamas (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:17:51 PM EST
    in the WH gym in the early a.m.?

    Who cares? (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:18:24 PM EST
    Bottom of the first, Padres was robbed. (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:24:06 PM EST
    Reyes out at third, but no according to third base umpire.

    work hard (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jen M on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:43:49 PM EST
    play hard

    CA rules against kids link (none / 0) (#12)
    by suisser on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 08:25:20 PM EST

    I don't get it. (none / 0) (#13)
    by mexboy on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 08:54:40 PM EST
    What's the big deal about?

    BTD, you sneaky little comedian (none / 0) (#19)
    by shoephone on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 11:00:01 PM EST
    "Let's make this an Open Thread so that an interesting discussion might arise."

    I can hardly believe the Celtics pulled out such a win. The second quarter was painful to watch. The first half of the third even more so. I am a fickle fan.

    Oh, and John Harris is an idiot, just for the record. Jealous, maybe? I'll bet he doesn't look too great with his shirt off.

    The timing is pretty good... (none / 0) (#20)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 11:01:49 PM EST
    ...for them in the long run--or as good as can be with these things.  They'll be off most of the sanctions just in time for the '12 season when all the ex-Big Twelve teams come aboard.  That's going to level things out a bit, IMO.

    I don't want to see Oklahoma get awarded the NC they're probably going to have stripped away though.    

    dear lord (none / 0) (#24)
    by CST on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 08:31:17 AM EST
    these late night bball games are killing me.  Combined with early morning soccer... I don't know how much more of this I can take.

    I mean granted, I do not have to party like a 21 year old for every finals game.  But it's the FINALS!

    What a game, what a showing by the Celts bench, and what a walking disaster I am today.

    Go South Africa!!!

    I had to just resist turning on the TV last night (none / 0) (#26)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 08:58:40 AM EST
    and see how it was going. Could not afford another post midnite bed-time this week. I'm too old for that!

    Sounds like the Celts were good though. I want the Lakers however. On to game 5 - in about a week. why so long between games when there is no travel? I don't get it. Really hard to sustain my enthusiasm with so much dead time.


    honestly (none / 0) (#27)
    by CST on Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:23:18 AM EST
    I hadn't even bothered to find out when game 5 was yet.  But a week sounds good.  That's probably how long it will take me to recover.

    It's not for the players.  It's for the liver health of the fans.