Friday, November 28, 2008

Bail Out > Louisiana Purchase and most other big projects...ever!

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A Moment for India; Updates

Update 3:20PM CST:
Several Americans dead in India. Fighting continues.

Update 2:00AM CST:
Adding on to what Michelle said, if you want to stay informed on what is happening in India check out the New York Times site. They have a reporter at the Nariman House (follow link for full story), giving a minute by minute (well ten minute by ten minute) account of what is happening in that standoff. You can follow his updates at the New York Times blog The LEDE. As if the human connection weren't enough, Carleton has many students from India, and several from Mumbai itself. As you follow these stories, keep them in your thoughts.

Hey guys,

I know we have been really bad about updating lately. For all you Carls out there you know that we have been been taking lots of finals and writing final papers. But we are finally done and we will be back in fighting form and up to the minute posts shortly.

But right now, I want to take a moment to reflect on the situation in India. When the planes hit the World Trade Center we saw many nations and their citizens reach out to us. I wasn't quite sure how those people felt. Something terrible happened far away from home. It was scary, but not ever-present. Now, I think I get it. At least some of that feeling. A terrorist group attacked Mumbai killing more people than we know at the moment. They targeted a tourist area looking for us, Americans, and British. But they killed many belonging to different ethnicities and nations. The terrorists took over a historic hotel going person to person looking for American and British passport holders. Once they were found they were taken hostage or shot. This crisis continues. Below is a picture of the hotel, on fire, from the suicide bombers.

More Ballots

The Star-Trib has almost 600 ballots on which you can render judgment.

Spoiler alert: Most are not clear cut and require either a very subjective measure or the tossing of nearly all the votes. Give it a shot though.

Happy Thanksgiving; turgooduccochiqua

Hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving. We're done with finals and so should move back into a regular cooking blogging schedule soon. Until then here's a picture of a turgooduccochiqua- It’s a quail inside a cornish game hen inside a duck inside a chicken inside a turkey inside a goose. Oh, and with bacon between the layers.

via neatorama

And the cross-sections:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Obama's Weekly Address:He has news he wants to share!

Not sure how long, we'll post all of these, but they're still new and kinda cool ya go!

President-elect Barack Obama announces he has directed his economic team to assemble an Economic Recovery Plan that will save or create 2.5 million more jobs by January of 2011. For more information, visit

Friday, November 21, 2008

Live Feed Puppies in the White House: The Puppy Sensation

"Live Feed Puppies" are sweeping the nation.

As I walk through the library during finals week I consistently see students writing a paper on one half of the computer screen and watching these puppies on the right. The New York Times just published an article about these delectable puppies being viewed constantly by 10's of 1,000's across the world. To read the NYT article click here.

Obama should have a live feed puppy cam when he moves into the White House!

He will be adored not only by millions of college students but also the very young....wait! The college students already adore him and the very young can't vote. Maybe there is no White House live feed puppy cam in our future.

Bill Richardson as Secretary of Commerce?

There is serious buzz going around that Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico and former White House contender, will soon be named as Obama's nominee for Commerce Secretary. Stay tuned.

Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner; Possible Carleton Connection?

If news reports are correct then US legal tender (for all debts private and public) minted after his confirmation will be signed by Timothy Geithner, the current President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Also he will engineer this nations financial recovery. And in doing so, he will get me a job...

Right, back to the economy (and everyone else's jobs), here's what everyone else is saying about this pick:

The largest knock against Geithner is the Fed's decision to let Lehman Bros. fail, but he's among the more credible and connected candidates out there and the only one with first-hand experience in the trenches of the current credit crisis. US NEWS TICKER

After completing his studies, Geithner worked for Kissinger and Associates in Washington, DC, for three years and then joined the International Affairs division of the US Treasury Department in 1988.

In 1999 he was promoted to Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs and served under Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers.

In 2002 he left the Treasury to join the Council on Foreign Relations as a Senior Fellow in the International Economics department. He then worked for the International Monetary Fund as the director of the Policy Development and Review Department until moving to the Fed in October 2003.[4] In 2006 he became a member of the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty. Wikipedia

As president of the New York Federal Reserve since 2003, Mr. Geithner has straddled Wall Street and Washington as a central player in trying to resolve the most significant financial crisis in more than 60 years. He would bring a deep understanding of Wall Street and a close working relationship with Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, his partner in the $700 million bailout, along with Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr.

Though not an economist, Mr. Geithner has a deep understanding of monetary and fiscal policy and broad experience in international trade issues. Before the current crisis, he was involved in the bailouts of Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Brazil and Thailand. Although he served in the Clinton administration, he is not viewed as partisan and enjoys good relations with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.NYT

Here's my question: Does he know President Oden? I mean the man is Darmouth Graduate (class of '83) and a fly fisher. Wouldn't surprise me if President Oden knows the man. If President Oden does know him, does that mean that Carleton College is more of an AIG instead of a Lehman Brothers? No? Damn...
Well, about that job.

Update: Apparently the stock markets liked this choice by President-elect Obama and rewarded him with a 500 point jump in the Dow Jones industrials.

Wall Street is ending a volatile week with an unexpected jolt of confidence following reports that President-elect Barack Obama plans to name New York Federal Reserve President Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary. The major indexes have jumped more than 5 percent, with the Dow Jones industrials surging nearly 500 points.

Stocks have erased about half of the losses that came in steep selling Wednesday and Thursday.

Wall Street appears buoyed by reports that Obama plans to name his economic team on Monday -- offering investors some hope of a smooth transition in an uncertain market. AP

Secretary of State Clinton? NYT says Yes

Former Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is said to have accepted the position of Barack Obama's secretary of state. Read more here.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the position of secretary of state, making her the public face around the world for the administration of the man who beat her for the Democratic presidential nomination, two confidants said Friday.

Mrs. Clinton came to her decision after additional discussion with President-elect Barack Obama about the nature of her role and his plans for foreign policy, said one of the confidants, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the situation.

Mr. Obama’s office told reporters on Thursday that the nomination is “on track” but this is the first word from the Clinton camp that she has decided.

“She’s ready,” the confidant said, adding that Mrs. Clinton was reassured after talking again with Mr. Obama because their first meeting in Chicago last week “was so general.” The purpose of the follow-up talk, he noted, was not to extract particular concessions but “just getting comfortable” with the idea of working together.

To get a glance at her foreign policy positions check this out.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Interactive Recount; Choose the Ballot?

Should this ballot count? Look through ballots that have been challenged by either the Coleman or Franken campaigns and cast your vote for which are legit and which are bogus.

Janet Napolitano: Secretary of Homeland Security

Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona has been chosen the be Secretary of Homland Security for President-elect Obama's cabinet.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tom Daschle; Secretary of Health and Human Services

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has been will be nominated by President-elect Obama as Secretary of the Health and Human Services. This indicates two important things:

1) Obama is continuing to recruit and partner with legislative leaders. He is teaming with individuals who are respected and strongly supported by legislators. This may be the rise of one of the more cooperative Presidential-legislature teams that this country has seen.

2) Obama is prioritizing health care reform. Daschle has spent his time out of the Senate working hard to push for significant health care reform. Additionally, this will be his first cabinet position, and while it might be at least partly a choice of convenience (and a leak), it also shows a dedication to health care.

You can find a pdf from Daschle about Welfare reform from Daschle here.

Daschle, from a statement on the page of the Center for American Progress where he has served as a senior fellow:
Health care is a complex topic, but myths should not cover up a simple truth: We are wasting money by paying top dollar for mediocre results. I believe we need a new approach to health reform – an approach that results in major reform, not incremental change. We need to create new coalitions to push for reform and find new answers that work for everyone. We need to move beyond ideology and partisanship and meet our common health care system challenges with commonsense answers to provide affordable, quality health care to everyone in this great nation. This is not a weak alternative; it is the only one.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

58 out of 60: 2 Races Left to Count

I forgot to mention in my last post that with the election of Mark Begich, the Democrats now have 58 out of the 60 Senate seats they were seeking to get a filibuster proof majority. We are still waiting on the results of 2 races:

1. There will be a special election in Georgia because neither candidate got at least 50% of the vote. President-elect Obama has announced that he will throw his full weight behind this race so I am quite optimistic about a Democrat victory.

2. Minnesota!!!!! Al Franken is only down 206 votes before the recount. Stay tuned to keep up on recount results...

Wow, what a Democratic turn out this year. It was the youth vote. You guys are amazing. We rock it.

Senator Ted Stevens is Officially Out!

And he's going, he's going, he is gone....


In an election that was originally called for disgraced Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens (who was also the longest serving member of the Senate), all the ballots have officially been counted and the winner is...

MARK BEGICH - the Democratic challenger

Congratulations Mr. Senator!

Lieberman keeps Chairmanship of Homeland Security, reprimanded

I guess Joe Lieberman gets to play Democrat again? I guess we should give him a chance.

From the NYT:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Joe Lieberman will keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite hard feelings over his support for GOP nominee John McCain during the presidential campaign.

The Connecticut independent will lose a minor panel post as punishment for criticizing Obama this fall.

Lieberman's colleagues in the Democratic caucus voted 42-13 Tuesday on a resolution condemning statements made by Lieberman during the campaign but allowing him to keep the Homeland Security Committee gavel. He loses an Environment and Public Works panel subcommittee chairmanship, however.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was very angry by Lieberman's actions but that "we're looking forward, we're not looking back."

Added Reid: "Is this a time when we walk out of here and say, 'Boy, did we get even?"' said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Lieberman's grasp on his chairmanship has gotten stronger since President-elect Barack Obama signaled to Democratic leaders that he's not interested in punishing Lieberman for boosting McCain and criticizing Obama during the long campaign.

I have to finish a paper...write more soon!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Obama Appointments

Today's new appointments:

Pete Rouse, Senior Advisor

He is already a close advisor to the President-elect. He held the position of Chief of Staff to Senator Obama. He has worked as Chief of Staff for other influential members of he Senate such as Tom Daschle and Dick Durbin.

Mona Sutphen, Deputy Chief of Staff

Sutphen is a member of the transition team and Managing Director of a firm specializing in strategic planning for Fortune 500 comopanies. She was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 1991-2000 and also worked in the White house as part of the National Security Council.

Jm Messina, Deputy Chief of Staff

Messina is currently part of the transitional team and served as Chief of Staff for the Obama presidential campaign. Previously he has worked on numerous campaigns across the U.S. and has served as Chief of Staff for a number of prominents Senate Democrats.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"You Can Vote However You Like"

Cute kids singing T.I. with partisan inserts. Cute!

President-Elect Obama Has a Message for You

Obama has committed to filming a weekly radio address, think of it as a modern day fireside chat. Here's the first one, available until Jan. 20 at

Bill Ayers Breaks His Silence: Throw Your Hands in the Ayer, Ay , Ayer , Ayer

Tell me you guys don't think about that song every time you hear his name.

Anyways...his first interview since becoming a source of controversy in the election.

New Obama Appointees

Hey readers,

I haven't blogged in awhile and shame on me for that. But I am back in fighting form to start a series of up to-the-minute (well at least up-to-the-couple-hours) blog posts on the President-elect's important appointments. Who he appoints to those top positions will shape our lives in the next 4 (let's just say 8) years just as much as the Obamanator.


Gregory B. Craig, White House counsel

Craig is a partner in a prominent Washington D.C. law firm. He has represented some high profile clients such as John Hinckley, Jr. (attempted to assassinate President Reagan) and President Clinton during his impeachment trial. As White House counsel he will be responsible for advising the President on legal issues.

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison

Jarrett has been a close advisor to the Obama's for a number of years, starting her political career in Chicago just like the President-elect. She is current a co-chairperson of the presidential transitional team.

Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

The President-elect is pulling Schiliro from his position as Chief of Staff for Rep. Henry Waxman from California. Schiliro is currently on the advisory board for Obama's presidential transitional team.

We're still waiting to hear about Secretary of State. Will it be Senator Hillary Clinton, Governor Bill Richardson, or Senator Chuck Hagel? My money is on Hillary.

Win a T-Shirt

Similar to the New York Times game that we shared earlier, Democracy for America is having a contest for you to name the future cabinet. You get it right, you get a T-Shirt. Pretty simple. Click here to play. More posts soon...PROMISE!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lil' Bit from Georgia

If you have any cash left, please consider helping out href="">Jim Martin (this assumes you've already helped Al Franken's recount).

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Super Obama World!; Kinda Like Mario.

Maybe I'm procrastinating.

Choose your Cabinet!

Want to play President? Well then, start here. Choose your candidates and then see what other New York Times readers think. Click on here or the picture to get to the page.

Also, for Sarah Palin's reference,I am neither in my pajamas, nor in my parent's basement. Unlike Jill, I tend to dress up quite slickly any time I prepare to blog, like this guy.

Kids in Pajamas

Here's a video of Sarah Palin. You know how we like those.

She bemoans the unfairness of the influence of The Bloggers, some kids "sitting in their parents' basement wearing their pajamas". Now, let it be known that pajamas do not actually diminish one's ability to analyze things critically and insightfully. Let it also be known that when I watched this video, I was commenting on a blog in my pajamas, not in my parents' basement, but in a room my parents paid for.

But that's just an aside. The real point I want to make is that this comment from Sarah Palin evidences over again her contempt (and that of Republicans generally) for citizen-driven, grassroots organizing. "Community organizers" and "bloggers" are just weirdos who think they're something big, even in their pajamas. Unless, of course, they're anti-choice activists organizing their church group to picket an abortion clinic, or Matt Drudge. Then it's cool.

Poor Sarah Palin. The Media said some things that aren't strictly true, and some things that were inconveniently true. But Sarah, that's not something that happened to you alone, and it's not a problem with "bloggers". When blogs were obsessed for a week with the idea that Palin's son, Trig, was actually born to her daughter Bristol, it was prurient, and stupid. Just like when the blogs were obsessed with Barack Obama's birth certificate. Prurient and stupid.

But for the 85% of the time, when bloggers (even us!) are bringing buried news stories to the forefront, and offering their expertise to the community to digest and hone, that's not a bad thing at all. Truth hurts sometimes, Sarah Palin.

(On that note, I'll second Pablo's apology over a lack of posts. Further in our defense, we're also both writing our senior thesis (comps) projects. Uf da.)

Yes Men Strike Again; All The News We Hope to Print!

If you were in New York today, on the subway, you may have seen a copy of the "New York Times" that declares an end to the war in Iraq. The Yes Men have struck again. This loose organization of protesters and pranksters allegedly produced 1.2 Million copies of this fake edition of the New York Times, dated July 4, 2009 and adapting the Times's motto to read "All The New We Hope to Print".

You can view the full PDF of the issue here. It's worth reading.
Here's a picture.

They also have website (which loads slowly, but is worth the wait) here. It's a perfect parody of The New York Times page. Explore. More from gawker. And from the New York Times themselves.

The Yes Men have been known for pulling pranks on corporations from Dow Chemicals, to ExxonMobile and even the WTO.

Here is part of their presentation from the Yes Men documentary [update: it's supposed to be ironic], where they are presenting at a textile conference in Finland (if you enjoy this, search: yes men on google):

P.S. Apologies for the lack of posts, it's almost finals week here at Carleton. I've got a big post coming along about voter turnout and a break down of the election with a focus on the youth vote.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barack Obama: President of the United States


Job well done! I'm so proud of you all and I'm so proud of this country.

Minnesota Victory: What does it look like?

The Carleton Democrats put on a strong show giving today, giving people the information and transportation necessary to get to the polls. Most of their work was hard to capture in pictures because it was done in the individual neighborhoods of Northfield. The Carleton Democrats covered each door on campus "at least four times" and knocked on every house in the precinct twice. All this while driving voters to the polls, making phone calls all day and (wo)manning the transportation and voter information hot lines. Congratulations goes out to all of the Carleton volunteers and voters, but specifically to CarlDems President Erika Pearson, Vice-President Michelle Gajewski and Obama campus organizer Eddie Bearnot. There were MANY other people who played critical roles, but they devoted their time this term to ensuring that Carleton and our community voted for a better America. Stay tuned for results. The community is talking about it.

Some of the individuals who surrounded the volunteer table making calls for Obama on their personal cell phones.

Crowd watching CNN at 6:00 PM.

Crowd watching CNN at 6:00 PM.

This is what victory will look looks like.


Just in case you need that extra ounce of motivation to get to the polls: