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The Fix's Italian American brother Christopher Columbus

The Fix is celebrating Columbus Day -- honoring our Italian brothers and sisters -- today by taking it a little easy.

That means hanging with Mrs. Fix, Fix Jr. and the Fix-in-laws who are in town. And, it means another Catholic field hockey game -- hopefully a win this time.

Posting will be light today. But, we'll be back at full strength tomorrow.

Monday's Fix Picks: Recipe for a long weekend -- drive eight hours around Pennsylvania. Good times.

1. Bob McDonnell gets the Michael Leahy treatment.
2. David Rogers on a Senate, changed.
3. Star Ledger endorses Daggett in NJ-Gov
4. Broder on Chris Christie and weight as an issue
5. The Boss at Giants Stadium. (And the set list!)

Romney on the Road: Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) continues his relentless stumping for Republican candidates this week -- stopping by a Republican Governors Association fundraiser tonight to benefit former U.S Attorney Chris Christie (R) who is challenging Gov. Jon Corzine (D) in November. On Tuesday, Romney will make an appearance in Philadelphia to endorse former Rep. Pat Toomey's (R) Senate campaign. Romney, who has made no secret of his presidential ambitions, has spent much of 2009 touring the country for aspiring Republicans and doling out cash to them through his Free and Strong America PAC.

Reid's Troubles Continue: A new survey conducted for the Las Vegas Review Journal shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) trailing his two most likely Republican opponents in general election matchups. Former Nevada Republican party chairwoman Sue Lowden (R) led Reid 49 percent to 39 percent while businessman Danny Tarkanian, the son of the the legendary UNLV basketball coach, held a 45 percent to 40 percent edge over Reid. Just 38 percent of sample saw Reid in a favorable light while 50 percent viewed him unfavorably. In a hypothetical Republican primary, Lowden, at 23 percent, and Tarkanian, at 21 percent are in a virtual tie. Former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle receives nine percent. The R-J poll is the latest in a series of data points that suggest Reid is badly endangered in 2010; the Nevada Democrat occupies the third spot on the Senate Line.

Meek Trails Crist in Internal Poll: Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) trails Gov. Charlie Crist (R) by 16 points in a poll conducted for the Florida Congressman's campaign. The Meek campaign touted the fact -- in a leak to Talking Points Memo -- that among those who know both candidates the open seat Senate race was even but, of course, races are rarely fought on that sort of equal ground -- particularly in a state as large and difficult to get known as Florida. Polling previously released in the race shows that Crist maintains wide leads over former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the primary and Meek in the general election; conservatives believe, however, that Rubio can beat the popular governor.

Click It!: Businessman Bill Owens (D) is up with a new ad focused on the rising price of milk -- bet you didn't see that coming! -- in the special election in New York's 23rd district. And, what would a cow-themed commercial be without a "Got Milk?" reference?

TV Dominance for Corzine, Bloomberg: Data released late last week for the Nielsen Company revealed that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and Gov. Jon Corzine (D) are pummeling their respective rivals in the number of television ads each side has aired since June 1. Bloomberg has run more than 4,700 commercials during that time as compared to just 14(!) for New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson (D). Corzine ran 4,800 ads in that time as compared to just under 1,400 for former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie (R). The common thread between Bloomberg and Corzine? Both men are very wealthy and are willing to spend freely from their own pocket.

Click It, Part Deux!: White House communications director Anita Dunn details the Administration's feelings about Fox News Channel in an interview with the Post/CNN's Howard Kurtz.

Say What?: "There were clearly tensions between Steve Schmidt and people in the Palin camp." -- Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) acknowledges the obvious in an interview with CNN's John King on Sunday.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

snowbama:

If she's only posting 1/10 as often, that means she was posting 160 times on a Saturday night?!

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

A very lonely person is now seeking desperately for a friend. She will stare at the screen all night Waiting for a nibble. Anything.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

hey progressive did you answer one of nitwit-boi's "questions?"

See what happens when you do that? It's like giving a treat to a puppy.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 12, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Aprogressiveindependent:

Should there be a holiday for George Washington's B-Day?

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

You mean "Adam Haupt" day

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 12, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Aprogressiveindependent:

So, no Washington's B-Day either?!

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Columbus was not a hero, as is well known to anyone having a basic knowledge of how he and Spanish soldiers mistreated the native Americans they encountered. Most high school teachers in this country no longer adhere to the old myths about him. There should be no Columbus day holiday. Martin Luther King Jr and Abraham Lincoln are the only two persons who deserve a holiday as a memorial to their great deeds.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 12, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Ooops - scientists ahead. hide Libs. I bet thirty or 40 of you could hide behind al gore. no need to look into the situation. this is a bunch of non enviro heathens, quite satisified to ignore the dogma and investigate. We don't need them in our green church.
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As the world focused on President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a small group of determined scientists gathered in a Senate office building to present evidence backing their claim that climate change is caused not by man but by nature, and that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant but the hope for a greener planet. (Snip)

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

f that ever happened, it was centuries after Columbus. Columbus and other early settlers spread all kinds of European diseases to the Native Americans, but not intentionally. The Europeans just had immunities that the Americans didn't, primarily because of their long association with large disease-carrying livestock.

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The only documented case of smallpox blankets being given to Indians was by Captain Eucyer of the British army.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 12, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

I just figured that Claudia was telling us what her basement looks like.

Posted by: JakeD

Everything she posts is a refelction of her view in the mirror, I think the voices in the head are very confusing. same with your freiend and mentor CF8 or whatever his alias is now.


how is it that such an invigorating blogger doesn't have her own little blog that keeps her busy all day long? why just collecting the ad money should be a full time job.

It couldn't be that shallow invective is only appealing to the most extreme left wing buffoons, their number dwindling as the full effect of thier ideas sink in and the economy spirals down and unemployment soars? Naaah... couldn't be.

they will greet the commies, fascists and Taliban with open arms. the result - the first to be shot down. the look of confusion and betrayal permanently etched on their corpses.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"We will give him credit for biological weaponry (smallpox drenched blankets given to Native Americans). Some hero."

If that ever happened, it was centuries after Columbus. Columbus and other early settlers spread all kinds of European diseases to the Native Americans, but not intentionally. The Europeans just had immunities that the Americans didn't, primarily because of their long association with large disease-carrying livestock.

Posted by: Blarg | October 12, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

My 13 posts - 22%

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

snowbama's 16 posts divided by 56 total posts = 28% (and falling ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Parents, take a look at snowbama's "collate" post. If you don't want your kids to grow up and end up like this then always be on the lookout for early signs. Just think, if snowbama had gotten early attention he might have ended up a productive member of society instead of as a screeching enraged lifer in a mental institution. Neglect is deadly.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 12, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

I just figured that Claudia was telling us what her basement looks like.

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

what a sewer.

Posted by: drivl
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Typical GOP troll.
Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite
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and so on.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

what a sewer.

Posted by: drindl | October 12, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Still less than GoldAndTanzanite (banned TWICE previously as chrisfox8 and Cheopys1) on a bad day.

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combine all her nastiness with that of drivl and you still don't get a single Snowbama post worth of content.

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CC- note that 90% of the posts here today are by 'snobama' a poster you had banned under the name 'kingofzouk.'

Soon he will be 100%.

Posted by: drindl
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So they post and post and post and post and post and hope they're in some way shaping perceptions. But they're as impotent as George Will.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite

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Yeah, too bad about all the genocide that followed.

Posted by: drindl

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'the' wingnut freak show.

Posted by: drindl
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Well you get the idea. I once offered a prize for finding a single intelligent post from either of these fools. No one had been able to collect.


Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

CC - note that 100% of the posts from drivl are contrary to the rules of the blog - that is they insult and attack others, they convey only hatred and negativity and they have nothing to do with the topic posted.

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Typical GOP troll. The most rule violations come from you. Very few of your posts are anything but insults, and sophomoric ones at that.

As long as JakeD gets to post the racist clog he does, as long as you get to call me a pedophile, the rules are of no concern.

When ChrisC finally bans you and JakeD then we'll have civil conversation. As long as you two are here it's all insults all the time.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 12, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

snowbama posted 14 times out of 48 (only 29%, not 90%).

Still less than GoldAndTanzanite (banned TWICE previously as chrisfox8 and Cheopys1) on a bad day.

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

CC - note that 100% of the posts from drivl are contrary to the rules of the blog - that is they insult and attack others, they convey only hatred and negativity and they have nothing to do with the topic posted.

but I assume you need the liberal view so this is a perfect example.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

CC- note that 90% of the posts here today are by 'snobama' a poster you had banned under the name 'kingofzouk.'

Soon he will be 100%.

Posted by: drindl | October 12, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

We will give him credit for biological weaponry (smallpox drenched blankets given to Native Americans). Some hero.


Posted by: broadwayjoe


Another liberal myth makes its way unheralded onto the fix.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Columbus--

Excerpt from Dr. Churchill's definitive account of Columbus's "achievements" (Columbus and the Beginning of Genocide in the "New World"):

"The 1492 "voyage of discovery" is, however, hardly all that is at issue. In 1493 Columbus returned with an invasion force of seventeen ships, appointed at his own request by the Spanish Crown to
install himself as "viceroy and governor of [the Caribbean islands] and the mainland" of America, a position he held until 1500. Setting up shop on the large island he called Espa–ola (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic), he promptly instituted policies of slavery (encomiendo) and systematic extermination against the native Taino population. Columbus's programs reduced Taino numbers from as many as eight million at the outset of his regime to about three
million in 1496. Perhaps 100,000 were left by the time of the governor's departure. His policies, however, remained, with the
result that by 1514 the Spanish census of the island showed barely 22,000 Indians remaining alive. In 1542, only two hundred were recorded. Thereafter, they were considered extinct, as were Indians
throughout the Caribbean Basin, an aggregate population which totaled more than fifteen million at the point of first contact with the Admiral of the Ocean Sea, as Columbus was known."

http://www.mit.edu/~thistle/v9/9.11/1columbus.html

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 12, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Ooooopps facts. watch for the ranting reply.

That bastion of right-wing extremism the BBC had an article over the weekend, What happened to global warming?, that begins: This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998. But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures. And our climate models did not forecast it

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

So they post and post and post and post and post and hope they're in some way shaping perceptions.

I am not really that interested in the ravings of an avowed pinko commie loser. especially when all the reflections are an accurate rendition of your own feebility. how about you stay on your meds and stay off the teenagers.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, too bad about all the genocide that followed.

Posted by: drindl | October 12, 2009 1:40 PM
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We will give him credit for biological weaponry (smallpox drenched blankets given to Native Americans). Some hero.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 12, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Rush (darn Spellchecker ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Ruch Limbaugh is a Methodist.

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

If I lived in NJ, I'd definitely vote for Daggett. He impressed me in the debate I heard on C-SPAN. I wish we had another Russ Potts in VA.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 12, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I am not a denier. In fact I am a skeptic.

==

You're neither. You are an idiot. Millions of tons of carbon that were not part of the atmosphere have been added to it by human activity. To dispute that this gas with known absorption spectra in the range of the surface temperature's emission frequency might not be the culprit in the warming of the planet marks you as a scientific illiterate whose opinions on any scientific matter are simply beneath notice.

The earth is not cooling, you get that sh*t from Rush.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 12, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

In related news, Roman Polanski feels depressed in jail (I wonder what the 13 year old felt like after she was raped?)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091011/people_nm/us_polanski

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

George Will actually has three children from his first marriage -- Victoria, Geoffrey, and Jon (although Jon was BORN with Down syndrome) and one child, a son named David, born in 1992 from his second marriage -- on June 3, 2008, Will stated in an interview on The Colbert Report that he was an agnostic because he was "not decisive enough [to be an atheist]."

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like business as usual for the unemployed rightwingnut trolls today. Expect this board to be flooded with screeds, gibberish, nonsense, garbage, and crap.

==

Well what do you expect? Their world is collapsing, their lives are flashing before their eyes, having a black President is like having a knitting needle penetrating a testicle for them, and here's the rest of the world admiring and respecting Obama, compounding their outrage a hundredfold.

And it keeps piling on. Now a Nobel fer chrissake.

They're frantic. Desperate. In extremis.

So they post and post and post and post and post and hope they're in some way shaping perceptions. But they're as impotent as George Will.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 12, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Columbus "bucked the establishment" by using bad data to draw an incorrect conclusion, then acting on that conclusion

sounds like al gore.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, too bad about all the genocide that followed.

Posted by: drindl | October 12, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Drivl thinks long and hard, consults lefty websites, analyzes leftist thought, does extensive research and comes up with:

why feed the nutters, ddawd?

Posted by: drindl | October 12, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

For the last time, I am glad that Columbus "stumbled" onto America.

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Today is "Native American Day" in South Dakota.

Discovered: New painting of Columbus.

See: http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/columbus-day/

Posted by: MikeLicht | October 12, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

why feed the nutters, ddawd?

Posted by: drindl | October 12, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

No, since I don't follow Oprah, I was asking about her most recent Book Club selection.

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"Does anyone know if "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" by Jeff Kinney was an Oprah Book Club selection?"

71-year-old Stanford Law grad asking about Diary of a Wimpy Kid. LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 12, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Teeheehee, the ol' sun spot theory.

Go find a graph comparing temperature and CO2 levels. Then go find one comparing temperature and sunspot number.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 12, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that Chris linked the David Rogers story from Politico on the Senate changes of the past 30 years. That is actually merely the "headline story" of a series of stories that Politico now has on "Inside the Senate." I have now read five stories from the series and highly recommend it. Good piece of thematic, analytical reporting.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 12, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Columbus "bucked the establishment" by using bad data to draw an incorrect conclusion, then acting on that conclusion. His journey had positive results (at least for the Europeans), but it was still based on willful ignorance. Not that you'd know anything about that...

Posted by: Blarg | October 12, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" by Jeff Kinney was an Oprah Book Club selection?

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

snowbama @ 10:11 a.m.:

Here's an update on that lunacy:

http://nowpublic.com/world/nasas-moon-bombing-more-fizzle-sizzle

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 12, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Abortion still in the health care bill. Present ident still a liar. Catholics up in arms.

Also pwc releases report stating costs will rise substantially. Another lie.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I am not a denier. In fact I am a skeptic. I am not sure the earth is warming. It has cooled this decade. I am not sure it is man made. The data is a mess and the models are invalid. In fact sunspots fit the data best. The sun warms our planet. Shocking. Third I am not convinced that taxes can cure the problem even if point one and two are proven or likely.

Skepticism is what actual science is about. Not chanting religious and political dogma.

Columbus bucked the establishment, took a chance and demonstrated anti group think.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"Columbus was like an anti global warmer of his day. After all the notion that the Earth was flat was 'settled' science. Everyone agreed."

Wrong. Most knowledgeable people of Columbus' time agreed that the Earth was round. They disagreed on its size. Columbus thought that he could sail from Spain to Asia in a few weeks, based on faulty estimates and wishful thinking. Obviously, he was incorrect. Just like you, and other global-warming deniers.

Posted by: Blarg | October 12, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

2 for 2 on whiny crybaby losers so far

Jake. At this point I think I might trade the incompetency of Barry for the corruption of Hillary. With Barry we got both anyway. And apology and surrender is simply not in the Clinton vocabulary.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

'the' wingnut freak show.

Posted by: drindl | October 12, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

snowbama:

Hillary Clinton on TODAY Show said she will never run for President again. Great news, if you ask me.

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

CC -- I hope you enjoy and wingnut freak show.

Posted by: drindl | October 12, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Scrivener. I am so glad none of you Lunatics were harmed during the attack on the moon.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

N Korea fires more missiles today. Still waiting for those serious consequences promised months ago. Perhaps a deadline will suffice.

Look for whiney liberals to protest the use of facts to defeat their big government takeover and surrender. It seems some of them simply come here to complain about other posters, never offering any ideas. But to be fair, they are libs. Carry on.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

HAS THE BOSS GONE APOLITICAL?

MESSAGE TO BRUCE: CORZINE NEEDS 'A LAST-CHANCE POWER DRIVE...'


How come Bruce Springsteen hasn't demanded that Chris Christie stop appropriating his music to advance the Republican candidate's run for NJ governor?

Why hasn't Bruce done to Christie what he did to Ronald Reagan: excoriate him for failing to understand that the message of his music is antithetical to Christie's hard-right politics?

Could Bruce's reticence be a harbinger of how the race will turn out? Or is Bruce simply not tuned into the fact that the Star-Ledger's endorsement of the independent Daggett increases the odds that Corzine will eke out a victory?

Perhaps some Fixista has connections to Bruce's people and can forward this inquiry to him. Last night's Springsteen performance at Giants Stadium, the final event at the swamps-of-Jersey venue, would have been the perfect time for Springsteen to school Chris Christie... and put up some badly needed points for the embattled Democratic incumbent.


***


WHAT GOOD IS HEALTH CARE REFORM... WHEN A COVERT FEDERAL MULTI-AGENCY PROGRAM COMPROMISES THE HEALTH OF MANY THOUSANDS OF UNJUSTLY 'TARGETED' AMERICANS?

• Obama agenda, rule of law subverted by fed-funded, extrajudicial, warrantless GPS-activated vigilante Gestapo, protected by local law enforcement, with operatives within health care facilities -- compromising the quality of patient care.

* Microwave/laser radiation "directed energy weapons" deployed by secretive executive branch "multi-agency coordinated action progam" to silently torture, and to degrade the health of unjustly targeted American citizens -- the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum.

• "Intelligence-based policing" a pretext for a security/military/intel social purge executed at the grassroots with the cooperation of local law enforcement.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

BAN BY EXECUTIVE ORDER the use of microwave/laser directed energy weapons on American citizens...

...and BAN the warrantless, covert tracking of individuals via GPS devices or cell phones -- the electronic backbone of a nationwide American Gestapo now operating on YOUR watch.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 12, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Looks like business as usual for the unemployed rightwingnut trolls today. Expect this board to be flooded with screeds, gibberish, nonsense, garbage, and crap.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 12, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Columbus was like an anti global warmer of his day. After all the notion that the Earth was flat was "settled" science. Everyone agreed.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

There is a new golf term being introduced. It's called a Barack. You don't even have to show up at the course, yet you still win the trophy.

Later you must read a speech.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I, for one, am glad that Columbus "stumbled" onto America.

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The dems have always had the votes to pass health care, but the leadership is so incompetent and the bill is so bad, they are still struggling with their own members. The deadline set has passed months ago. Reid will be gone soon and the worst speaker in history is scheduled to go down in ignominy in one more year.

Barry is scheduled to win the 17th street bake off later this month.

Posted by: snowbama | October 12, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if CC will pick up on this--

'Among Florida voters who know both men, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) leads Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) in a head-to-head matchup for the state's open Senate seat, according to a new poll commissioned my Meek's campaign and set for public release this weekend. Crist's once-vaunted levels of public support have softened considerably, making him appear more vulnerable than most observers had predicted heading into the 2010 race. Crist's personal and job approval ratings are now below those of President Obama's in Florida, and a majority of voters claim Crist is putting his "personal ambitions ahead of the people" by running for Senate during his first term as governor.

The poll, conducted Sept. 23-28, will be the centerpiece of a national press blitz by Meek in the coming week. TPMDC got an exclusive first look at the surprising results.

"These numbers are eye-opening," Meek said in an interview yesterday. "People will start looking at this race in a different way."

Posted by: drindl | October 11, 2009 12:45 PM
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Well, d, you got your answer.

As for the deification of Columbus, most modern historians tell us he did not "discover" America (it wasn't "lost" and there were people doing quite well here until he showed up), and he was hardly a "hero" (except in Hollywood movies), see below.

Here's a short article separating fact from fiction about Columbus...for those interested in facts.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2006/05/15/2003308323

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 12, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of "fat and ugly" candidates, take a look at that picture of Christopher Columbus. Good thing that wasn't a factor in choosing who would lead the Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria. I would be shocked if Corizine prevails in New Jersey.

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

So, why didn't Steve Schmidt resign in protest if Sarah Palin was unfit for office?

Posted by: JakeD | October 12, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

One does not have to be Italian to celebrate Columbus Day! I was told that I was born many, many decades ago just as the fireworks filled the sky above my home town's Columbus Park. In fact, the celebration of this great day almost convinced my parents to name me "Columbia." Thank goodness they changed their minds. Nevertheless, I have always felt that there was something special about my birthday. After all, we might not be living in this great country of ours had it not been for Christopher.

Posted by: Formerrepublican | October 12, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

From the link CC posted:

"Only by breaking the hold of the Democratic and Republican mandarins on the governor’s office and putting a rein on their power will the state have any hope for the kind of change needed to halt its downward economic, political and ethical spiral.
...
Corzine is an eminently decent and likable man, and not without achievement.
...
But his shortcomings as a leader are serious. They’ve become all too apparent in his dealings with public employee unions, an often unruly Legislature and a Democratic Party that is, at best, an ethically compromised ship and, at worst, harbors a corrupt crew.
...
Corzine is the chaplain on a pirate ship, not really its captain.

Like Christie, neither Corzine nor Daggett has adequately explained how he’d tackle the vast budget deficit. All three, to some degree, are like Dickens’ hapless Wilkins Micawber, hoping "something will turn up." But only Daggett has produced anything close to a coherent plan to cut property taxes. He’d chop them by up to $2,500 per homeowner — but only if their municipalities kept spending increases in line with the Consumer Price Index. In effect, he’d require local officials to choose between their union supporters and taxpaying voters. It’s not a panacea, but at least a start."
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''chaplain on a pirate ship" and the Dickens reference
are good old fashioned editorial writing. I really liked it.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 12, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

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