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President Plans a Superbowl Party

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Continuing his sociable new administration, President Obama invited members of the Pennsylvania and Arizona delegations over to the White House to watch Superbowl XLIII featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals.

Obama has admitted a preference for the Steelers, the heavy favorite to win. But here's guessing that, when it comes to this inclusive president and his bipartisan football guests, everyone will root diplomatically. The guest list:

From Pennsylvania:
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA)
Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA)
Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-PA)

From Arizona:
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)

The rest:

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC)
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL)
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH)
Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI)

Posted at 7:21 PM ET on Jan 30, 2009  | Category:  Barack Obama
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The dozen banks receiving the biggest rescue packages, totaling more than $150 billion, requested visas for more than 21,800 foreign workers over the past six years for positions that included senior vice presidents, corporate lawyers, junior investment analysts and human resources specialists. The average annual salary for those jobs was $90,721, nearly twice the median income for all American households.

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Posted by: lucygirl1 | February 1, 2009 12:58 PM

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Posted by: Mahercor061 | February 1, 2009 10:09 AM

"Dear scrivener50: We know who you are. Trying to expose us in the WaPo is not a wise move; we don't appreciate it. You haven't seen anything yet. (Think that's just a Q-tip?)

Posted by: Dan4 | January 31, 2009 1:49 PM"

THE ABOVE IS A TERRORISTIC THREAT DELIVERED BY ELECTRONIC MEANS AGAINST AN AMERICAN CITIZEN... POSSIBLY BY AN AGENT OF GOVERNMENT. THE INTENDED RECIPIENT PLANS TO FILE AN OFFICIAL COMPLAINT WITH THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OF DOJ (once it is reconstituted and revived...)


Any civil liberties attorneys reading this: please contact me via the web site referenced below. And Wash. Post. -- please consider doing a story about those in and out of government who dare to issue threats via public mass media blog sites.

NOW LET'S ANNOY THE DARK SIDE AGAIN...

OPERATIVE OF THE BUSH-CHENEY GESTAPO REMAIN IN PLACE... RUNNING THEIR "MULTI-AGENCY ACTION" OPS.

THEY POSE A CLEAR AND PRESEND DANGER TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AND TO THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY.

THEY MUST BE REINED IN AND REMOVED FROM POWER.

The Bush-Cheney "multi-agency action" extrajudicial vigilante network and its related unconstitutional array of "programs of personal destruction" remain in place.

President Obama may not even be aware of some of the deeply entrenched "ops" that threaten his presidency...

... The "multi-agency action" nationwide army of citizen vigilantes hiding behind federally-funded volunteer organizations;

... the deployment of radiation weaponry to police departments nationwide;

... and the multi-agency unconstitutional programs -- ranging from pervasive spying to a parallel system of transaction processing that amounts to fascistic theft by deception -- must be taken down.

Immediately. Before more damage is done.

Before another "generated crisis" claims the renewed American spirit and again plunges the nation into despair and submission to "the dark side."

The agencies of government that are covertly commandeering this devolution of American democracy -- via their draconian "multi-agency action" programs -- must be reined in and reformed, top to bottom, never again to subvert the rule of law.

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 1, 2009 1:43 AM

Oh for g*ds sake. Let the man have a Super Bowl party. How many of you are canceling your Big Game festivities to show your support for the people without power in AR, KY and IL???

Besides, last I checked, wood still burns. Kerosene, gas, propane, all heat-producing fuels. You don't have to just sit tight and wait for the power company to turn your electricity back on. That is, assuming you have enough brains to start a kerosene heater without burning the place down.

Posted by: Mailimi | January 31, 2009 7:00 PM

Super Bowl?
Superbowl?
Last year one Charlott-area honky-tonk did a flyer advertising their Super BOWEL party.

Posted by: TOMHERE | January 31, 2009 3:53 PM

Dear scrivener50: We know who you are. Trying to expose us in the WaPo is not a wise move; we don't appreciate it. You haven't seen anything yet. (Think that's just a Q-tip?)

Posted by: Dan4 | January 31, 2009 1:49 PM

Posted by: childliketrust -

I'm appalled that the President is throwing a party while 1.3 million Americans are without power in temperatures below freezing.

He's the Par-tay President. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 31, 2009 1:33 PM

Honestly, why should we care that the pres is having a Super Bowl Party, are we going to have reports about him taking a crap too? This is stupid.

Posted by: VAtoLA | January 31, 2009 1:07 PM

chiliketrust, your situation must not be that dire if you're reading this blog and posting comments. most of my ky relatives and friends as of yesterday have power. the ones that don't are waiting on electricians and not the power company or gov't. work seems to be moving along, and i would imagine the situation will be much better by sun. maybe you should call your local representatives to find out the status on your community.

Posted by: plathman | January 31, 2009 10:59 AM

This White House gathering promises to be the dullest Super Bowl party in the history of the event. Look at the guest list ...

Posted by: mediaskeptic | January 31, 2009 9:38 AM

I'm appalled that the President is throwing a party while 1.3 million Americans are without power in temperatures below freezing. This is an affront to their human dignity. Where's some concern for the common good?

MORE should be done for the people of Kentucky, Arkansas, etc... and the president should only party when all in this tragic situation are safe.

A Frustrated Kentucky Girl Who VOTED for Obama

Posted by: childliketrust | January 31, 2009 9:27 AM

Hmmm...It's odd that Senator McCain who is from Arizona is not on the list.

Posted by: leeh11281 | January 30, 2009 9:27 PM

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Don't look for conspiracy. McCain was invited and turned it down as did several others. There are articles all over the place with details, but here's one from Business Week: http://www.businessweek.com/blogs/money_politics/archives/2009/01/president_obama.html

I know this is going to be hard for some people to understand, but Obama is not a mean, vindictive guy. Not one Republican voted for the stimulus bill in the House and he still had them over to the White House for cocktails. The mean vindictive president just left the White House. Don't assume the new one will follow the same rules.

Posted by: bjalexa | January 31, 2009 7:49 AM

Directed Energy Weapons
I can confirm (see scrivener50) that there are already portable microwave weapons in use in Germany. They really work and can be used for torture and crime!
THE MISUSE OF MICROWAVE WEAPONS BY CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS
http://www.mikrowellenterror.de/english/index.htm
see also: Targeting the Human with Directed Energy Weapons
http://www.mikrowellenterror.de/english/mw-weapon.htm
Best wishes from Germany to your new President and the whole country!
Dr. Reinhard Munzert

Posted by: RMunzert | January 31, 2009 5:58 AM

Republican or Democrat, Steeler or Cardinal fan, Vegan or carnivore, now is the time to give our new President the remote control.

Gimme some uh them chips, though.

See http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/01/30/superbowl-veg-out/

Posted by: MikeLicht | January 30, 2009 11:58 PM

I don't wanna spoil the party... but, Mr. Obama, all the cocktails and nachos in D.C. won't remove his cancer from the body politic -- YOU and your administration must remove this malignancy:

THE FOLLOWING POST WENT UP AT 2:40 P.M. IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THE WAPO STORY ABOUT LAX PRESIDENTIAL SECURITY -- THEN VANISHED BY EVENING. READ THIS AND ASK YOURSELF: WHY?

*****

TEAM OBAMA SECURITY RISK: THE BUSH-CHENEY EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK

Team Obama must immediately join with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network -- authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy (radiation) weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- and are degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse. Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated "multi-agency action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their families.

The IRS, under Bush-Cheney, has been transmogrified into an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert multi-agency actions.

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.

The bureaucrats and officers behind these "programs of personal destruction" remain entrenched. They cannot be co-opted or reformed. They must be removed from power and brought to justice.

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 30, 2009 11:08 PM

By the way, guys, it's "Super Bowl," not "Superbowl."

Posted by: jseid1234 | January 30, 2009 10:17 PM

Hmmm...It's odd that Senator McCain who is from Arizona is not on the list.

Posted by: leeh11281 | January 30, 2009 9:27 PM

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