Happy Presidents’ Day!


Today is the day we honor all those men (and hopefully someday women) who have held the toughest job in the world.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but they can’t all be winners, now can they?

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55 Responses to Happy Presidents’ Day!

  1. driguana says:

    Who has been the most effective president since3 1960? Not favorite, effectiove?

    • driguana says:

      Sorry, just got up.
      Who has been the most effective president since 1960?
      Not favorite, effective?

      • Lulu says:

        LBJ. He got shit done. Bill Clinton is a fairly close second.

      • myiq2xu says:

        In terms of getting legislation passed, LBJ, Nixon, Reagan and G-Dub were all effective. Carter, Ford and Bush I not so much.

        Clinton spent most of his two terms on defense, trying (with quite a bit of success) to stop the GOP.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    There be snow on the ground here in C’ville. Crazy. I thought we’d skip winter all together. But at the last minute we got a little. Later today, 60 degrees. So winter will have officially lasted about 12 hours.

  3. foxyladi14 says:

    remember when we celebrated them separately? )

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Russian bride arrested after groom stabbed to death

    A Russian wedding party ended in disaster when the bride stabbed the groom after a drunken fight, the Ria Novosti news agency reported Monday.

    Police found the body of the 18-year-old husband at the couple’s apartment in Kungur, in Russia’s central Perm region, after Friday’s ceremony.

    The woman, 20, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

    “After the official wedding and traditional toasts with alcoholic beverages on the evening of Feb. 17, the newlyweds began to quarrel,” investigators said in a statement. “The young woman stabbed her husband in the heart area during the quarrel, and the young man died on the spot.”

    I thought rednecks knew how to party.

  5. HELENK says:

    funny how other presidents respected the constitution and even when it was difficult worked with the other branches of government to get thing done. This one has delusions that he is king

    In his mind he don’t need no stinkin congress or supreme court.
    the people are just there to do his bidding and those who work to have should have to share with those who don’t

    • elliesmom says:

      I was in the first grade when Sputnik was launched, and we landed on the moon a few weeks after I graduated from high school. Hard to believe that all of that happened in such a short period of time. The race to the moon spawned a whole generation of scientists and engineers and brought us most of the technology that we enjoy today. Weather satellites, cell phones, the computers on our desks. It really galls me when people say that what we got from the space program was”Tang”.

      • crawdad says:

        A whole lot of medical test equipment was a result of the space program. They needed to monitor the astronauts’ bodily functions remotely from Earth. They also needed to miniaturize everything.

      • DeniseVB says:

        The Space program also inspired us in that Reach for the Stars sort of way. Kids became interested in math and science and astronauts became heroes and role models for achieving your dreams.

        Obama managed to snuff that out like a cigarette butt. Sigh.

      • votermom says:

        It is interesting and sad that a side-effect of the green movement & environmentalists is a distrust of science and scientists.

    • DandyTiger says:

      At least in this case Obama did campaign on drastically cutting and possibly shutting down NASA. So it’s a promise kept.

      Like many other things with the new Dems and faux progressives, I’m puzzled by pro science and education people being for this guy.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Or Mark Kelly ? :D

        I don’t remember Obama’s reason for shutting down NASA, was it to privatize the space program? How Republican of him. Heh.

        • Lulu says:

          NASA takes too much money away from his backers. Banks, enviros from Cali, and scammers from Chicago are not into space travel. Math, science. astronomy, and physics (look at Lightsquared) are not really interesting to a community organizer.

        • propertius says:

          One of his justifications during the campaign was that “kids don’t find it inspiring anymore”. Nothing like letting children determine national policy.

          Sheesh.

    • HELENK says:

      http://129.164.179.22/apod/archivepix.html

      the fact that today we can have websites like this that show such beauty and spur the imagination came from NASA is enough to thank the people who had the guts and will to start this program

  6. imusthavepie says:

    Presidents’ Day message from Sarah Palin:

  7. myiq2xu says:

    Today in 1985 – Ireland allows sale of contraceptives

  8. Three Wickets says:

    Profile on the prick David Plouffe.

    The skills and sensibilities of the two Davids appeal to Mr. Obama for distinct reasons. Mr. Axelrod, a former journalist known as “Axe,” is an idealist inspired by Robert F. Kennedy who helped fulfill Mr. Obama’s ambition for lofty messages and oratorical sweep. Strategic and unemotional, Mr. Plouffe comports with Mr. Obama’s exacting style and natural reserve (“very, very, very, very, very, very private,” Mr. Daley said of Mr. Plouffe and Mr. Obama — six verys).

  9. HELENK says:

    from a commenter at No Quarter

    ROSEMARY AWARD WINNERS

    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20120214/index.htm

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    Happy President’s Day Happy Birthday to our first president, George Washington:
    oh we need one like you George. :)

  11. Karma says:

    A ‘major democratic donor’, Keystone activist, goes puma/stands by her principles and takes some rich friends with her. Starts to donate directed to candidates, such as Elizabeth Warren, rather than give to the O-DNC.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/15/MN0T1N896B.DTL

    It wasn’t the first time the White House has taken notice of her actions.

    After the 2008 presidential primaries, Obama senior advisor David Plouffe telephoned leading California Democrats seeking advice on Buell.

    California Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has won Buell’s friendship and support both as a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco and as a statewide candidate, said that Buell’s business savvy, clout and ability to influence the politics of her party goes far beyond her mere ability to write checks.

    He calls the decision by Buell to lead a high profile stance against the White House on Keystone “extraordinary,” and said it most certainly had an effect on the outcome.

    On her current work investing in Democratic candidates, Newsom said she has served as a “connector” – someone who identifies promising candidates and then networks with her considerable rolodex contacts to build support and donations.

    Even though Obama caved on Keystone apparently Buell held back her donations to his re-election campaign. Something clearly happened for Buell to bail on Obama.

    Anyway, didn’t want to cut and paste the whole article but there are a lot more details at the link including quotes from her. It looks like some more Dems are trying to rebuild the party outside the O-DNC.

  12. Karma says:

    Obama aware that he still can’t win on the straight and narrow, sets up SF based ‘technology’ campaign office with one paid employee. Looking for suckers/volunteers to staff the place and give them ideas to go national with.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2012/02/15/obama-campaign-launches-first-in-sf-technology-campaign-office/?tsp=1

    There’s no shortage of Obama volunteers in politically deep blue California, where his support is higher than elsewhere. But not every volunteer is up for slogging into a local campaign office and banging out a couple hundred rah-rah calls at a phone bank or going door-to-door and talking to strangers. Or, perhaps worse, their neighbors. (Not MY neighbors, of course, who may be reading.)

    So this week, The Chronicle has learned that the Obama campaign has, for the first time, opened a new type of campaign office in San Francisco: A Technology Field Office. It is believed to be the first such type of campaign office for a presidential campaign.

    “We learned from 2008 that using the talents and skills of our supporters was a key to building the most effective organization,” said Obama campaign deputy press secretary Katie Hogan. “We’re taking the next step by providing tools and space for supporters in the technology community to help the campaign extend our current tools like BarackObama.com and our mobile applications.”

    Locating the first such office in San Francisco, being the cradle of new tech that it is, was a natural.

    So instead of cold-calling independents, a techie who wants to help Team O can come in and help develop something new for the website, etc. There’s only one paid staffer currently in SF for the Tech Field Office and Team O isn’t sure how this office will evolve. Maybe they’ll host mini-hackathons to develop new campaign apps. Maybe it will be something else. They’re open to new possibilities.

    If it works here, though, the campaign is ready to launch similar Tech posts elsewhere. If you want to get involved, contact techvolunteers@barackobama.com.

    Copying off of other people’s papers since….

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    • DandyTiger says:

      …please give me a media that doesn’t require a drool rag when they come within 200 feet of Obama…

      Love it. And wouldn’t that be nice.

  14. HELENK says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/02/20/berkeley-man-beaten-to-death-while-police-too-busy-monitoring-occupy-oakland-protest-to-respond/

    with cities going broke and cutting back on emergency services , and the owies adding to the problem, things like this will happen more and more

  15. FembotsForObama says:

    Here’s what the AAUW had to say about President’s Day:

    http://blog-aauw.org/2012/02/20/another-presidents-day/

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