York City suffers a devastating blizzard that puts the city under a
deep snow. Real
was able to dig itself out. At the
same time, the streets where wealthy people lived were very
well-plowed. Is this a harbinger (i.e., "disaster
the history of G.W. Bush "jawboning"
Update on 9-11 First
Responders bill (Successfully passed BTW): Rep. Michelle Bachmann
(R-MN) considered the bill an "entitlement
program" that lacked accountability or transparency.
Senator Tom Coburn
is convinced, convinced, I tell you!!1!1!,
that excessive government spending is responsible for our current
economic difficulties and that the US could
billion in painless cuts of irrelevant and
unnecessary programs, programs that are, naturally, predictably,
unspecified. And where's
sacrifice that Wall Street's prepared to
undertake as their share? Congress just did, after all, extend
cuts for at least a few years, with no guarantee that this
to the rich will end anytime soon.
Constitution on January 6th. At the very absolute
best, this is a meaningless PR ploy as the text of the Constitution has
been widely and easily available for well over two centuries. At worst,
attempt to don the mantle of "Constitutional Conservatives," a ploy
that many of the press corps will find compelling, even though
conservatives have shown little respect for the Constitution in the
last few decades.
Well, anyone who was
looking forward to Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi, running for
it. Not so sure I agree with WaPo
columnist Jennifer Rubin that
The notion that this is
of a "Southern strategy" (which Greg
tells us is being discussed in the left-leaning
blogosphere) is tinfoil-hat sort of stuff...
I think Republicans discuss blacks in unflattering terms quietly and
mostly behind closed doors, but in public, they use
terms like the "brothers" and "welfare cheats" and other dog-whistle
type phrases. Further
discussions on Barbour.
The Fox News people
it's awful that the President's Press Secretary credited
with raising awareness over the Republican attempts to kill off the
9-11 First Responders health bill, but they conspicuously ignore that
they and most of the rest of the media have remained steadfastly mute
on the subject. As I said, it's simply not a "Both sides are to blame"
topic, meaning no one wants to just blame the guilty party as that
would make them appear biased.
Good news and bad
legislation. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" that forbids gay people
serving in the military was successfully
repealed,* but the DREAM
that allows the children of undocumented immigrants who have been in
the US for six years to undertake a path to US citizenship "failed"
41 (The Senate had to muster 60 votes to defeat
the Republican filibuster). And yes, there are Democratic Senators who
change the filibuster rules so that a 60-40
supermajority is not required on routine legislation.
*Update: The White House appears
guard by DADT repeal and doesn't seem to
have a plan to cease and desist from discharging otherwise-acceptable
Looks like the US
Government may be holding Private Bradley Manning under brutally
repressive conditions in
testify against Julian Assange. The theories
the Justice Department is considering using in court against Assange
would endanger investigative reporters everywhere.
Jon Stewart is outraged,
other news programs giving this story any coverage. And yes,
behavior of Democrats is really
on tax cut deal. Not sure I agree with blogger that Speaker
Pelosi could have done more than she did, but agree that Democrats
looked weak by folding. Of course, Congress usually
to a president who really wants a bill passed. What Digby
it's clear that Democrats
either complicit in the goal or too strategically clueless to address
it before the clock had almost run out.
incoming Republican Congress will create jobs. Hard
happen. Gingrich is probably just trying to
pre-empt the criticism he knows is (justifiably) coming.
Bradley Manning, who
the release of the Wikileaks Afghanistan and Iraq and diplomatic data
conditions. His motivations seem as pure as
can be, he thought that the information he released was something
everyone should know about.
Excellent piece on
institution of the beat reporter. Far too much of reporting
today is simply quoting. It involves very little digging deeper into
what's really going on.
hurt by progressives' anger at him? Hard
Y'know, it's truly
sad that the
traditional media did not see fit to cover the fact that
Republicans refused to vote to cover the damaged health of 9/11 first
responders and clean-up people. Fortunately, we had Jon Stewart's Daily
Show fill in that gap. Yeesh! And people wonder why we
on a "mere" comedy show to bring us the news!
Seriously, if you
slightest doubt as to whether Obama's tax cut deal with Republicans is
just the most awful idea you ever heard, just
wash-ups who support it.
on economics run headlong into reality. A Tea Partier finds out that
work the way it does in Tea Party theories.
Republicans re-think their stern,
opposition to earmarks. And the Republican incoming
Governor of Wisconsin just
billion in federal stimulus funds for building a
high-speed rail line.
Dana Milbank cites a history of the health care fight that consumed
many, many months of the Obama Administration's time. Problem is, his
reality. It's been
rewritten as the "story of how those DF hippies got in the
until the centrists saved the day."
Huh! How very
Obama's capitulations to the right wing haven't
popular than he already was with the centrists
Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone
describes the BS
"problem" with Social Security and a fellow who poses
as a wonky,
"centrist" pundit and then makes a career out of drubbing "unrealistic"
liberals and progressives with cartoonish Jane Fonda and Hugo Chavez
caricatures. This career path is so well-worn in our business, it's
like a Great Silk Road of pseudoleft punditry.
Does a tax cut add
deficit? Using basic mathematics, one would think so, but
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) disagrees.
Is America on the
imperial decline? I
piece that makes a very good case for that.
The timeline for
withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan gets fuzzier still, with General
2014 may be do-able.
Paul Krugman makes
excellent case for
cuts to expire on schedule. It's far
worse to give in to Republican blackmail than to take the real, but
relatively minor pain of a tax hike. Obama's messaging has,
place. There's no coherent or consistent argument
there at all. D'oh! Too late. They've
deal, a very bad deal, a deal that seems more rooted in religious
faith than anything else.
The United National
Anti-War Committee announces
supporting Wikileaks. Information on
information for dissemination.
agenda of the anti-abortionists becomes clearer.
Did right-wingers on
Cat Food Commission win? Not
entirely, but they didn't leave empty-handed, either.
overview of the war in Afghanistan. Sorry, but "I hope the
from our leaders this time is on winning, not on timetables," is not a
very compelling argument as there's no indication we'll ever "win" in
any sort of satisfactory manner. Good news is that Democratic anti-war
votes in the House were 32 last year and tripled to 102 this year. The
defeat of the Blue Dog Democrats means that the anti-war caucus will
grow even more. Establishment Republicans are behind the war, but Tea
Party Republicans are "suspicious of foreign entanglements." As the war
becomes more and more identified with Obama, Tea Partiers ask "Do we
need to be there?"
President Obama drew
lessons from the midterm election. The Federal pay
freeze is just kabuki theater as pay is an extremely small part of the
problem, i.e., it appeals only to "low-information voters." The real problem is the
Bush tax cut
for taxpeyers who make over $250,000 a year. Republicans seem to think
thay can roll the President. Sure would be nice to think they were
Very sad to see
Dick Durbin (D-IL) surrndering to the rest of the Cat Food Commission with
arguments. First off, the budget is not "in crisis,"
people just like
to pretend that it is. Second, maintaining a presence in the debate is
not necessarily done by adopting the other sides' framing and
Excellent speech by
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen on
Excellent review of
uncovered. Of course, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
is the skunk at the party who wants to shut down any internet service
that hosts their site. First Amendment? Freedom of the press? Bah, that
stuff's for losers!
Cat Food Commission fail!!!
get, for their proposal.
Hang it up, dissolve the Commission, send everyone home.
get the 14 votes needed. Ain't gonna happen.
coma because he
believe that President Obama ran Washington
in a unilateral and arbitrary manner and that he refuses to listen to
Republican ideas. That would make a lot more sense if Republicans had serious ideas.
BTW, Kathleen Parker revives a
encrusted, worthless idea from Broder, but it's now called No Labels as
opposed to Unity08.
I review G.W. Bushs'
"Decision Points." One of the points that I make is that there
Iraq as there were never any
So how's Sarah
show doing? Wel-l-l... seems there was a lot of curiousity factor
involved in the first one, as ratings for the second one dropped off
losing 44% of its viewers. The show "Walking Dead" drew 4.8
viewers as compared to Palin's 5 million the first episode and 3
million for the next. Of course, actually, IMDB
rates the show
about zombies as being pretty darned good.
Speaking of Palin, very
commentary on Palin's journalism degree from someone who
attended the same J school (A year earlier) that she did. Basically,
she did the absolute, rock-bottom bare minimum to get by with a minimal
Norm Ornstein, a
congressional expert at the American Enterprise Institute is
baffled as to why Senate Republicans want to block START.
seven Republican-appointed federal judges co-signed a letter last week,
urged Senate Republicans to please
nominees. This is quite serious as judges
don't usually make public appeals.
Democrats don't need
way to majority status. The Blue Dog shortcut, the
habit of getting conservative candidates to simply put a "D" after
their names without actually changing their political philosophy to
match, is a loser of a strategy that does the Democratic Party more
harm than good. The "big tent" is only so useful before it bites a
party in the rear and makes coherent messaging impossible.
Good to see some
outlets waking up and paying attention. NPR
"Nazi" rhetoric at Fox News begins at the top with Fox News President
Roger Ailes. The
New Yorker notes that Glenn Beck did a series of programs
several days that not only contained numerous lies, but made
anti-semitic charges against George Soros to boot. Very pleasant to see
more regular media folks take notice of these things.
This panel finds the
recount of the 2000 election to be just
funny. Reminds me of the CNN anchorperson
who had a nice smile and used it frequently, but... used it while
massacre. Sorry to be such a buzzkill, guys, but
some subjects are simply not humorous and should be discussed, instead,
grim and sour demeanor.
The old, partisan
assumptions [that Republican tough guys support the militay and
Democratic peaceniks don't] just
anymore. The military wants the START Treay
ratified, Republicans, more concerned with replacing Obama as President
in 2012, just don't care.
Have to say, I have
difficult time taking right-wing/Republican concerns on the issue of Ahmed
trial the slightst bit seriously. He was declared
guilty on one charge and will be imprisoned for the rest of his
natural-born days. If he hadn't been found guilty? Um, presumably, that would mean he wasn't guilty.
It's just "What
is the problem
So what's the
precondition for an end to the war in Afghanistan, for an end to
pro-American Karzai regime? Actually,
action is to stick with the original
plan of withdrawing in July 2011. The plan to "break the momentum" of
the Taliban and to "bleed them" has failed. No change in plans is
necessary. All that has to happen is that President Obama has to
re-affirm that the original plan of withdrawing in less than a year is
still in place.
reason to keep the Cat Food Commission alive, after
all. Depends on whether Representative Jan
(D-IL) proposals are taken seriously or not.
Big concerns about
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) going overboard in their
use of a machine that scans people in
naked to scan operators.
Media does slavish
act by conducting rehabilitation
tour for G.W. Bush.
Koppel accuses Keith Olbermann of not being objective enough, Olbermann
responds, questioning value of objectivity and impartiality
being true to oneself and honest with viewers.
government" is a really awesome idea, in
anyway. When the rubber hits the road and you actually have
to govern, er, not so much. And Tea Party Republicans really
idea of being on the Appropriations Committee.
They'd rather stand on the sidelines, jeering at the people making
from Meet The Press, showing
know about economics. Harold Ford
is head of the DLC, so he hardly counts as a Democrat to begin with and
is far more a corporatist than he is any variety of liberal. And sorry,
but Newt Gingrich has long expired on his sell-by date.
Excellent summary of
the President has conducted himself over the last two years.
One of the problems
America in general and one of the reasons the Cat Food Commission just
sort of, er, forgot
anything that would inconvenience the financial sector
is that finance is now a much larger sector than is manufacturing. As
an economist points out:
When I first came to
worked at the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank that gets 20-25
percent of its funding from labor unions. Media outlets, including the
New York Times, routinely felt the need to notify readers of this
source of funding...
One of the co-chairs of the Cat Food Commission makes $335,000 a year
working for Morgan Stanley (A financial
services firm) and the Commission's outline neglects to recommend
industry taxes. But an NY Times columnist considers
unfair to mention any of that.
The Cat Food
the sound of that is
the old phrase "Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater," America
needs to throw out the bathwater, the baby and the whole ding-blasted
tub! The Commission should be disbanded and everyoe should be sent
G.W. Bush claims to
been "blindsided" by many events that occurred during his presidency.
The three main items that Bush complains specifically about, though,
Cheney. The incident involving the Deputy
Attorney General James Comey and warrantless wiretapping was an
especially egregious example of Bush being "out of the loop."
problem with that claim:
[Foreign Office minister]
Howells said he was not convinced that plots to attack Heathrow and
Canary Wharf were foiled because of information obtained by
Tom Porteous, the UK Director of Human Rights Watch said...“I’m not
saying that [Bush’s] claim that torture evidence prevented terror
attacks has no credibility whatsoever, but no evidence has been
Hee, hee, hee!!
it when a politician from the opposition proves
to be an unprincipled scoundrel! Senator-elect Paul Ryan
just broke hearts in the tea party wing of the GOP when he said that
no, the earmarks issue isn't important after all (Earmarks are a
meaningless non-issue because we could eliminate all of them tomorrow
and it wouldn't add or subtract a single penny from the
Okay, there are
there are business taxes because there's personal income and there is
business income. When a small business makes money, the owner(s)
consider it all as busines income and he/she/they then deduct persoanl
salaries out of what's left after business expense are paid. That's why
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was being so slippery in his
interview when he was talking about the Bush
cut. McConnell kept suggesting that small
businesses would suffer when incomes
over $250,000 got taxed at the Clinton Administration rate. But what
the interview was about were the Bush tax cuts, which have nothing to do with
bs on this "letter from Democratic House members." The
letter keeps saying over and over that Speaker Pelosi has been
"demonized" by the opposition party, but there's no indication that anyone else would
demonized. The truly bizarre
suggestion is that Democrats may feel forced to run against their own
Speaker. Erm, all of the Democrats who did that this year lost their
going to do a better job running states than Democrats did? I
TV commentator Keith
pay for making contributions to political
figures. In a serious violation of transparency and trust, he
interviewed Representative Raśl Grijalva (D-AZ) without
viewers that he had also made a political contribution to that same
person. Remember, above all, that Olbermann is a corporate employee and
is answerable to corporate rules. It's perfectly legitimate for MSNBC
to punish their employee for violating those rules. That being said,
you can protest their decison here.
return to his show Tuesday night.
Jewish Boat to Gaza intercepted
back on September 26th. Home page to site has Captain's version of
Interesting idea on
Party's motivations. It's
potency and control and women.
G.W. Bush, out
his version of the many disasters that constituted his presidency, is
upset with Kanye West for charging him with being racist. I
kind of agree with Bush on this. Bush didn't do much about Hurricane
Katrina hitting New Orleans, but I think Bush's main priority in doing
that was in break up that big Democratic voting bloc that constituted
that city. He hated black voters,
Whoo-wee! Do these
a, uh, slight difference
of opinion in
how they see the results of the 2010 mid-term?
Is there any sort of
lining to the black cloud that is the 2010 mid-term election? Actually,
is. If the electorate endorsed right-wing policies, then the
conservative, "fiscally responsible" Blue Dog Democrats would have
cleaned up. Blue Dogs got hammered!
making less than $50K a year turn rightward and vote for Republicans? Actually,
didn't. As one goes up the income ladder, the percentage of
people voting for Republicans goes up right along with it.
So you thought
Leader Mitch McConnells' comment about Obama's defeat being "the single
most important thing we want to achieve" was just hyperbole or was some
sort of misunderstanding? 'Fraid
not. That's McConnells' one and only, overriding goal. If
are suffering because Republicans are interested solely in regaining
power? Oh well, too bad, so sad.
Woman tries to goof
Senate candidate Ryan Paul, gets
identified as Rand Paul campaign worker, attacker who stomped
her head asks
him. Woman responds in calm,
gracious and respectable manner.
Omar Khadr, a
citizen, acted as a
for Afghanistan and tossed a grenade on
battlefield that killed an American soldier. He
guilty to terrorism charges. his lawyer explains that the
US had to get creative with the laws of war to charge him with that.
Breitbart, the propagandist and producer of misleading films, is going
to be an election
analyst for ABC News?
Update: Breitbart has had his role reduced to that of being just an
online analyst, but he's
"suits" stiffing him, People for the American
Way are saying ABC News is putting
reputatuin at risk and Shirley Sherrod's attorney is
to a Klansman.
Iraq and WMDs. No,
active WMD-building program.
If the Cat Food
is going to issue separate reports, why
exist in the first place?!?!!?
Very sad to see the
up on trying to get the economy back into shape.
More on the
detail! This is extremely
serious both from a legal
standpoint (Active duty military personnel aren't even supposed to be
for candidates) and from the standpoint of how paranoid Joe Miller is.
So the oil in the
Mexico is all cleaned up, right? Oops!
Does Juan Williams
point when he says he fears Muslims who openly proclaim their identity?
dangerous than those who try
to fit in as Westerners. Great
photos commenting on "Just how do
Virginia Thomas, the
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called Anita Hill to suggest
burying the hatchet, letting bygones be bygones and
"...consider an apology
and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.
So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to
understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day."
Wow! Yeah, whatta way to bury the hatchet, eh? "Admit you're guilty and
we can then be friends!" Hill, to her credit, refuses to apologize as
she told the truth. Not overly surprising, Virginia cancels
a talk show appearance.
handcuffing and detention of a reporter by the Alaskan Senate
candidate's security detail is not something to be seen as an
incidental detail. It's something to be taken very, very seriously by
all journalists. Right-wing press haters have gone well beyond "working
the ref" and are now into physically pushng around reporters who don't
do as they're told.
sure does seem to be awfully helpless and unable to act at just the
very times when
act. When he does
want to act, he's full of energy, but on DADT? Nah, he's helpless
against those awful Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats.
The story reported
on the Chamber
cash going into their accounts and back out
onto TV ads, reported by Think Progress, is "convoluted and
far-fetched," so Time Magazines' Mark Halperin thinks y'all shouldn't
give the issue a second thought ("Move along, folks. Nothing to see
here. Keep the line moving.") Funny, but the press corps followed every lead, no matter how
far-fetched, if it meant being able to condemn Bill Clinton back during
the late 90s.
link between foreign corporations advertising in the US via
CoC and the outsourcing of US jobs.
Never did like the
political strategy of triangulation in the first place. Now
worse as members are taking positions opposing the
Speaker of the House. This strikes me as a very bad, anti-party-unity
a poll that concludes that Americans are generally centrist
comes to how active they want the government to be. Problem: Their
terms are completely undefined and quite vague. No one actually knows
Speaker of the House
Pelosi puts herself onto the correct side of the Don't
Ask, Don't Tell issue (Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn't
agree with that) and her and the House on the right side of
Glenn Beck's friends
confided to the NY Times that they were afraid that some of Beck's fans
might do "something stupid" in response to Beck's unhinged rants and
wacko conspiracy theories being put out to gullible loners. That train
since left the station. Beck's fans have been doing
stupid and violent
things for quite some time now and there's every indication
that it's going to
Interesting piece advocating
that progressives boycott the election process until we get
candidates. Erm, slight problem with that. As this
video explains, conservatives and right-wingers and Tea
are highly unlikely
any such boycott, meaning that electoral victory is going to go to the
right wing, who will of course claim that they have a mandate.
Party candidate for Representative of the Ninth District, millionaire
Rich Iott, likes
Pferdmann" and dress up, not just as a
Nazi officer, but as a member of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division. As
someone who was married to a Civil War re-enactor testifies, people who
do re-enactments tend
with the side they choose to represent.
I don't begrudge him his
father-son hobby, but honestly, I know enough about how these groups
roll to understand how they morph into tea parties, patriot groups, and
other modern-day dangers. Don't be fooled. This is a very, very BFD.
Susteren of Fox News brings
to explain why the Obama Administration has demonstrated such an
unsatisfactory performance on the job-creation front. Includes chart
that shows that even before
the crash of late 2007, Bush has the poorest job-creation record since
Really, is there
good to say about puppy-mill owners? World O' Crap blogger S.Z. is
usually a light, cheerful read, but
off at "Joe" the "Plumber" and his ignorant
opinions on the subject.
Pennsylvania Rick Santorum tells
us that Bush's economic policies were a wonderful success,
especially for African Americans and single women! Of course, the actual record shows
that no such
thing ever occurred.
We really would have
have been wrong about this, but the Battle of Marjah in Afghanistan
that began with such promise back in February of this year, is nowhere
finished. Oh, and US refusal
responsiblity for helicopter attack in Pakistan is
decides to help banks instead of citizens. How's
surprising about this story, the story that the oil
sands and the
plantlife of the shores of the Gulf. Oh, and speaking of unsurprising
events, the wealthy health care interests that
off with the goodies in the Affordable Care
Act have turned out to be disloyal, they haven't stayed bought!!!! Yep,
sure enough is surprising that people who get bought off with cash go
running over to the side of the people who offer them still more cash
Local paper reproduces
a Dana Milbank column wherein Milbank seems befuddled that Republicans
on the "Cat Food Commission" may not agree to any tax increases,
meaning any proposed solutions may have to consist entirely of spending
cuts (Not that Republicans are willing
identify any spending cuts they'd like to see, either).
Back when Clinton
the DLC had a really bad habit of running against "radical" fellow
Democrats instead of supporting the Democratic brand as a whole. The
metastasizes as Democratic candidates now run against
the Speaker of the House as opposed to "radical," fringe figures. Just
can't see any more effective way to eat away at the party and destroy
party discipline and cohesion from within.
taping of the encounter would have played out.
Depressing because it's entirely true.
Update: Breitbart tosses
under the proverbial bus
President's Chief of
Rahm Emanuel departs to run for Mayor of Chicago. No
loss, nor is it clear that his replacement will be any
Rolling Stone does a
piece on the Tea Party.
It's pretty hard to
President Obama appears to really believe that the rhetorical strategy
midterm, you DFHs!" is an effective
motivator. This strategy ignores, of course, that the Cat
Commission exists with the blessings of the President, that
civil liberties are being massively
abused and that, yeah, well, okay, maybe torture is no longer
occurring, but with no one ever having paid any legal penalties for
having done that, with no one ever having had their day in a court of
law, we're left pretty much simply taking his word for it and with the
situation being very, very easily
take on the issue by the proprietress of FDL.
Oh, good grief,
dissolve the damned Cat Food Commission already!!!
Jewish Boat to Gaza sets sail from
phone on board for contact to the
passengers: 00 8821668610337
Contact in London for interviewing the Boat's
JNews contact in Israel: Miri Weingarten 00972
This is truly sad!
Dinesh D'Souza published a truly horrendous botch of an article, now
around to fact-checking it!
testifies (in character) to Congress. Villager Chuck Todd's
reaction (paraphrased and emphases in original):
Lawdy, lawdy lawdy!! Bring
smellin' salts Miss Mellie, I almost like to daaaah! Ah have nevah been so
appalled in mah laaaahf!
Why, po Aunt Pittypat
fainted dead awaaay!
Blogger Susie Madrak
out with President Obama representative David Axelrod about
the administration's disrespect for the left. And yeah, I've gotta
kinda agree with this:
"We're the girl you'll
the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day."
*Sigh!* I guess
win this next election. They're just so absolutely
frightened about Republicans running mean TV ads against them, they
don't dare discriminate against taxpayers who make over $200,000 a
decides that the House isn't going to be so cowardly.
Brava!!! Good for her!!
So sad to see that
into wishful thinking! Poor guy thinks that a Republican defense of
"traditional marriage" doesn't
necesarily mean oppositon to marriage equality
So, in a sequel to
America, Republicans assemble their "GOP
Pledge to America" which, based on a quick reading of the
section, is very heavy on "We're gonna do grand and glorious things"
and very, very light on actual, practical answers to real and serious
questions. Lots and lots
highly questionable, what the British call "dodgy"
Industries would count as a "small business" under the plan
$1.3 trillion deficit would quickly
deficit. And make no mistake, they
want to take away your health care.
Update: Paul Krugman stomps
idea that the Pledge amounts to anything serious or
Republicans over restoring taxes to the top 2% of earners while keeping
tax cuts for the middle-class ? YES!!!
indicate such a move would be wildly
political "geniuses" is just now noticing that they might
in November's mid-term election. Their mandate was for serious,
sweeping change, but their whole strategy has been one of gingerly
nibbling at the margins.
So what exactly is
distinction between Tea Party candidates and hard-line, right wing
actually. Their "thinking" on the economy is completely
devoid of any proposed solutions to economic problems, except of
course, for the solutions that G.W. Bush already tried and that failed
The right wing Media
Research Center wants to raise $2 million to force the media to "Tell
the Truth!" Okay, cool. What "truths" do they want the media to start
where we run into problems. Their "truths" are things like a
that the Obama Administration is expanding the deficit. They use the
Affordable Care Act as an example. Actually, the non-partisan
Congressional Budget Office shows that the ACA lowers the deficit.
Woo hoo!!! Elizabeth
appointed to, well ... not precisely the position we were
expecting, but she's apparently quite happy with it and aside from the
fact that she was sorely needed, this appointment is a popular one
(With mid-terms only two months away) and the fact that bloggers
her were all significant reasons she got the
My letter got
our local paper a few days ago and provked three comments. I've
responded to those comments here.
Dinesh D'Souza gets
President Obama printed in Forbes
Magazine. Forbes has said it
"stands by the story"
and that "no facts are in contention." As MMFA shows
exhaustive detail, many
of the "facts" are indeed very
"in contention," in fact,
there are "facts" here that should never have slipped by even the
laziest and most derelict of even the greenest and most junior editors.
Makes ya wonder, what do
these editors do all day?!?!
Progressives get accused
allowing their desires to rule their perceptions in the case of
Afghanistan being a disastrous failure. Yes, that's a human failing,
evidence in this case doesn't even come close to proving
The statement on this page
by more than 300
economists and major civic leaders, reflects a grave concern that the
“austerity economics” being advocated by many politicians in Washington
will derail our already weak economic recovery.
Oh good grief!
National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine's new
idea is...a new logo. *Sigh* This
is the guy who replaced Howard
Dean to such anticipation?!?!?
This is of great
Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan, has
herself from slightly over half of the cases the Court
will hear next year as she directed so many cases in her last job as
Solicitor General. Of course, if you were a progressive or a
right-winger (i.e., outside the consensus of "Serious People") and you
pointed out that Kagan would essentially be a part-time Justice because
she would need to recuse herself so often, well, you
hippy who needed to STFU!
It's really too bad
Blue Dog Democrats provide
return to the Democratic Party after the Democrats
put them into office.
Very heartening to
that the anti-mosque demonstrators made
group of 1,500 to 2,000 people. As a commenter
points out: "In contrast, 49,000 went to the Yankees game on the same
And bravo for Reza Aslan, who calls
Kind of frustrating
to read the Inky today. Tim Kaine of the DNC says that Democrats are ready
fight and President Obama holds
firm on tax cuts for the rich, but the Inky reprints an NY
Times piece on its front page about how torture appears to be
acceptable thing for Americans to do. The Obama Administration wants
enthusiasm at the same time they tromp all over American values. FDL
has more on how
Obama's hypocrisy hurts America.
Once again, CNN's
Erick Ericson shows that the people at
complete idiots to hire him. Erickson doesn't appear to
the difference between wanting to establish a house of worship and
between burning someone else's holy book.
Bush should devote
post-presidency to clean energy. Has a sort of "Nixon goes to
China" appeal as Bush worked for dirty energy all his life and invaded
Iraq to get its oil. Not that I can see that he's ever undergone or
will ever undergo the "Road to Damascus" sort of conversion that such
an approach would require.
speech to the Milwaukee Laborfest. Where has that guy been all
It may be that Obama fell
crowd of neoliberals, people who really, honestly believe that the
model of government is a worthy and permanent successor to
& LBJ's liberal model of government. Problem is, of course,
the neoliberal model ran out of steam about 2002.
opponents of te "Cat Food Commission" a
favor by clarifying just exactly what it is that the
sensible (i.e., burning the Koran is a really, REALLY stupid,
idea that makes Osama bin Laden happy) and natcherly, right-wingers hate him for saying
The right-wing media
monitoring website Newsbusters really needs to decide whether
Labor Day is
or isn't political. For my money, it's deeply political,
making the charge
of "politicizing Labor Day" truly silly and repugnant.
rolls out a pretty
idea for fiscal stimulation, a payroll tax cut. Not
multiplier of 1.3 (It'll produce $1.30 for every $1
spent), but Food Stamps produces a 1.7 multiplier and Unemployment
Compensation produces a 1.6 multiplier. Worth
cheer, but as Krugman points out: "...since the Republicans
oppose him regardless..." it really wouldn't have hurt to have been
bold about it.
As to the November
elections, the arguments that President Obama's hands are tied and
there's just not much he can do is
wrong. He clearly just doesn't want
to follow the advice of the
progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Obama's "Cat Food Commission" (They clearly want to see all of our
senior citizens reduced to living on cat food) is
really not helping matters. Running against Bush's plans to
apart Social Security was a good tack to take back in 2005. But
Democrats are now the
dump on Republicans over Social Security cuts. Not that Republicans
have much to recommend them either. Their leadership is trying
desperately to separate itself from Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) insane
plan for the US economy, but there's less and less daylight
them and him.
Complete coverage of
Glenn Beck's insult
to Dr. Martin Luther King. Interesting assertion:
was a 'wake-up call' from God." Funny, but I
president who said "Go shopping" and who successfully fooled a large
percentage of American voters into believing that Saddam Hussein had
something to do with it. Beck sure attracted his share of true
Update: Beck is also profiting
from the rally.
Major FAIL!! WaPo
apples into the oranges pile in order to
Sarah Palin's pretensions of prescience. They were keeping track of how
many of Palin's picks won Republican primaries. Seeing as the results
were 50-50, i.e., no better than random guesses, the WaPo throws in
races where the Republican nominee has already been decided
good for Palin's choice in Alaska.
WaPo does piece
various cures for economic slowdown, but can only provide details for
one of the specfied problems, the
lack of sufficient economic stimulus.
I made comments
military life. The blogger asked me for for more detail. I obliged.
was that, along with thousands of documents detailing how the war in
Afghanistan wa going, they also inadvertently published the names of
covert sources of information in Afghanistan. Did Wikileaks seek
Pentagon help in combing through the documents they had so that those
names could be removed? Why,
did. The Pentagon flatly refused to
lend Wikileaks any assistance.
Last US combat
Iraq. 56,000 troops remain as trainers. Sen. John McCain
suggests that President G.W. Bush "deserves some credit for victory."
Um, no, G.W. Bush not only started the war on false pretenses in the
first place, but the
fighting was Obama's and Iraqi
Prime Minister Maliki's. They
Bush & McCain to accept their terms.
But hey, it's all good! Halliburton
*Sigh!* Once upon a
Dean was a stand-up guy. He's now put that
Chris Dodd (D-CT) is saying Elizabeth Warren isn't
qualified as she first appeared to be. It's not as though
has discovered anything new about her, it's that the big money boyz
have obviously made their views felt. Well, looks like Obama had (past tense)
the opportunity to
mend bridges with progressives.
As she did during Octobe
2008, Sarah Palin advances a rather
definition of the free speech rights given by the First
Apparently, if you debunk her argument, thereby making her look like a
fool, you're damaging her free speech rights. She defends Laura
Schlessinger with this theory.
her show around Christmas of this year. Schlessinger returns
convinced she said anything wrong aside from her repeated use
Heh! Is the White
right while the White House keeps missing the
So, our President
that the threat to Social Security comes from the Republican Party?
much, actually. It's actually the Democratic Party and their Cat
Commmission that's the main threat right now. As a matter of
fact, the DCCC Chair refuses to
that Social Security won't take major hits during the "lame duck"
period between the November 2010 vote and the seating of a new
Good news! President
favor of the "Ground Zero Mosque"! He frames it in terms of
freedom of religion and local zoning.
contributor Erick Erickson makes utterly
statement opposing Obama's speech. Great hire, CNN!!!
Update: Oh well, it
lasted. Obama turns out to be just another
calculating, poll-driven politician who's now walking his earlier
position back to a nice, safe position.
Robert Gibbs expreses
frustration with "the
distinguish lefties from liberals. Does the left/the
progressives/the liberals criticize the president? Yup, they
the left holds President Obama accountable.
(in physiology, she's not a doctor who's qualified to perform therapy),
makes complete nincompoop of herself by failing
others. The passive-aggressive attack on a
black woman goes completely over Schlessinger's head.
It'd be nice if
opposed to making cuts in Social Security,
problem is, his suport for the "Cat Food Commission" makes his
priorities highly suspect. Members of Obama's former election team have
called the commission, accurately,
well-argued piece concerning
Aisha (The young Afghan woman on the cover of Time Magazine
missing her nose) and the suggestion that what happened to her will
occur more frequently if the US pulls out and our troops go home. Major
problem is that the suggestion:
But withdrawing without a
for safeguarding the women who chose to believe the American promises
of empowerment, however deceitfully those promises may have been made,
is to live in denial of a tragedy in which we are roundly imputed.
Whoa!!! This author is talking about seriously
moving the goalposts into the area of the wildly unrealistic and
utterly unattainable! "Safeguarding the women" is absolutely impossible
without continuing to militarily occupy the country. Also, as Aisha
lost her nose while
residing in an
area that was under US occupation, it's far from clear that
continued occupation will help anyone.
How sad! Camden, NJ has
libraries! Considering the pride with which America
has maintained free libraries since well before our founding as a
nation, this is a crushing blow.
Cool! Elena Kagan gets
approved as next Supreme Court Justice.
Judge Walker ruled
that California's decision to ban gays and lesbians from marrying each
other was unconstitutional. Positive
reactions to the California Prop 8 decision. Negative
reactions. Unfortunately, our President has
way to describe his view on the issue:
“The president does oppose
same-sex marriage but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples.”
Huh? What does that even mean?
Good news! The
Islamic center two blocks away from the 9-11 Ground Zero site overcomes
a major hurdle! Not only did the Landmarks Preservation Commission deny
status, but NYC's Mayor Michael
speech supporting the new center.
Update on the boat
prepared to go to Gaza. Organizers
$360,000 and need a crew of 40 to 60 Americans
to run it.
Two pieces on the
of Reaganomics, showing that incomes for the bottom
households have remained essentially flat since 1973,
incomes for the top 1% have gone from 26 times the median income to 300 times that.
Since World War II,
all of the Democratic presidents plus Dwight Eisenhower &
Nixon (Well, during his first term, not during his and Ford's second)
left office with
reduced national debt. Reagan, the elder George Bush and the
George Bush all left office with a bigger national debt, often in the
double digits bigger. Oh, and the auto industry is now an unqualified
success. Will conservatives ever admit that? Ha, ha, ha!
One of the allies in
Afghanistan, Holland pulled
2nd to the tune of "We gotta get out of this place"
by The Animals.
Yeesh, what a stupid
National Review Online doesn't permit comments. The only way to
register feedback is to send an email or to send out a twitter. So what is
complaining about? NY Times' columnist Paul Krugman's
takes exception to having his haircut being compared to that
teen idol David Cassidy. The blogger at Sadly, No! answers:
But you, dude, you
that haircut. Voluntarily. You marched straight into some
Hair Cuttery of your own free will and accordand
me look like
this” while pointing to the cover of an ancient issue of Tiger Beat.
(emphases in original)
No, the blogger didn't have anything to say on the comments hypocrisy.
Deficits aren't an
problem, they can be eliminated as we saw with the Clinton
presidency. What happens with the opposite problem? What
when government doesn't spend enough? The
all. What about
the specific targets that the cat food commission wants to set? The
commission wants to limit government expenditures to 21% of GDP. That's
Supplemental war bill of
billion passes 308 to 114. Democrats needed Republicans to
as there weren't enough D's to pass it on their own. Total
authorized expenditures for the Iraq & Afghanistan wars now
A writer for The
Spectator puts out an embarrassingly
claim that Shirley Sherrod spoke of a man who was lynched and
she was incorrect to do so. Lynching, acording to the writer, involves
a rope and a mob. Bobby Hall was beaten to death (i.e., no
by three assailants (i.e., no mob). Numerous historians agree that neither a
rope nor a
mob is necessary for a lynching to occur. Blogger concludes
story around into attack on Sherrod. Writer defends
against colleague writing in same blog.
reports from Afghanistan, giving
Americans and the rest of the world a detailed, close-up look into the
conduct of the war in Afghanistan.
The Guardian references
to the Rules of Engagement under Gen McChrystal leading to some changes
in how civilian casualties were treated though the only actual change
them mention is a “new “information requirement” to record each
‘credible allegation of Isaf [the occupying forces] … causing
The case of the-then
employee Shirley Sherrod and her character-assassination-by-
edited-video by right-wing blogger/filmmaker Andrew Breitbart
very quick summing-up/preview of scandals both past and yet-to-be. Very
importantly, many bloggers, both on the right and the left, could tell
right away "Doesn't it sound like Sherrod was building to a 'but'
before the clip cut out?" Having watched the clip myself before I had
heard anything about it, I agree that it was pretty obvious that the
clip was incomplete. For both the NAACP and the Obama
Administration to go
flying off the
handle and to denounce her and fire her before all the facts
known, and especially
that Breitbart was
behind the video is just flat-out shameful. The NAACP distinguished
itself by quickly investigating and reversing itself, the Obama
Administration dragged its feet for a bit before doing the right thing.
James K. Galbraith on
commission. Great stuff! Well worth reading the whole
Stick a fork in it,
Abigail Thernstrom is hardly
liberal on voting issues, but even
agrees that the New Black Panther Party and their antics
the 2008 election aren't worth all of the durm and strang
that Fox News has
applied to the complete non-story (Fox has featured the non-story 95 times
of July 16th). Fox News person Megyn Kelly defends paying
non-story on the grounds of "fidelity to
the law," but this concern of hers was something that suddenly appeared
on January 20th, 2009. It was nowhere in evidence concerning Bush's
warrantless surveillance or on the Bush/Cheney torture policies. So
naturally, the WaPo Ombudsman is now
that his paper needs to start covering the story!
The FinReg bill that
passed is a good thing, but is very,
dependent on the specific regulations that get passed
to flesh it out and make it all work. The success of the bill will also
depend very heavily on whether Elizabeth Warren gets
or whether the job goes to some
Wall St. crony.
Karl Rove speaks
about the October 2002 AUMF vote that more or less served as
declaration of war for the Iraq War:
True. Problem is, the Senators and Congressmen were depending on the
CIA's National Intelligence Estimate of 2002, which did not include
Tenet's briefing of September 18th, which
WMDs in Iraq. Bush & Co. knew full
well that the reasons given for the war were false long before the
Is the BP well
is, but more testing needs to be done.
The complete and
utter and absolutely
hypocrisy of the Cat Food Commission and other deficit
scolds is highlighted by the shenanigans over the Estate Tax. Senators
want to keep the heirs of millionaires and billionaires from having to
inherit less than they believe they deserve. Natcherly, that means less
tax money to put up against the "awful" deficit.
Obama Administration's responses to the BP oil spill being incompetent
mostly draw a "Yeah, yeah, yeah, show me some evidence why
don'cha?" but the
evidence that the administration is colluding with BP to
disturbing. There's already evidence that BP, with
beaches. Update: Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) has
from BP about the leak and is
waiting for it.
a political figure remains
overstated. She sells well on magazine covers and sells
books well, but her online presence via Facebook, Twitter, etc.,
remains much more theoretical than real. What absolutely amazes,
though, is how much attention she gets from certain quarters. She did a
Facebook message responding to allegations of the Tea Party being
wholesale without bothering to, y'know, report on the
allegations, as in presenting
evidence, putting her
statements in context,
indicted for torture." Okay, cool, in complete agreement of course.
News!!! This was Fox News' legal analyst and former New
Jersey district judge Andrew Napolitano being interviewed by Ralph
out that Napolitano said that Obama should be "in the dock" alongside
Bush. I've got no problems with that, as
as Bush is in the dock.
Hope! Hope! Hope!
dead!!!! Please God, let that be true!
Uh. Mah. Gawd! Mitt
delivers a painfully
lecture on the new START Treay. Seriously, he talks about
ICBMs lauched from airplanes!
Whoa! David Broder makes
sense here! I'd give him about a C+ for this, better than
Who knew Glenn Beck
Lindsay Lohan would have something
By giving liberal
at, David Brooks does them a favor.
So ya think it's
cars are so quiet? Wel, it seems advocates
thrilled as blind people use audible cues
to tell them when it's safe to step off the curb. Hybrids are twice as likely to
as regular cars are.
Seems the folks who
protested against Israel and in favor of the Gaza Flotilla were in
large part in
America at large. Americans in general agree
that Israel was wrong to attack the flotilla.
budget resolution in the House that fails to specify just where budget
cuts will be made. That
commission! This stands to be
policy that will hurt Democrats vastly
more than Republicans. Further
Interesting new look
Wonder Woman.. Fox News denounces it
five presidents of all time.
Excellent piece on torture
Philadelphia's own Will Bunch. What a horribly shameful history since
2004, when Bush & Cheney admitted to America they were doing
The true shame of the matter has been that the press corps has made
torture sound like something that rational, civilized people can
discuss and disagree upon, as though there were something that was non-
controversial, or something that was not absolutely shameful about it.
Whoah dude!!! Can we
interest?!?!?!" The judge who ruled against the six-month
moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico has MAJOR financial
interests that REQUIRED
to recuse himself! Exxon oil rigs were losing a half a
dollars a day during the moratorium and the judge was heavily invested
the past decade have been responsible for many very significant
innovations in politics and have racked up significant political
victories. So why does the WaPo feel the need to assign three
reporters to cover the conservative political movement and none for
less about anyone who makes less than a quarter of a
million a year. Anyone who's not rich is an untermenschen.
Very sad story of a
taken down because of an anonymously
email that the journalist had every reason to believe would
remain confidential. What really bothers me about the case is that the
charge made against the journalist was that he "was no longer objective
enough to cover his beat." Since when is private, emotional objectivity
a requirement for journalism?!?!? If one writes in a fair manner
without obviously twisting the story to fit ones' political views,
isn't that all that matters? Why does one have to be an emotional
virgin or eunuch to boot?
Glenn Beck is trying
(R-SC) "is the same politician who has said that if you didn’t come to
Washington to solve tough problems, you should go home." Funny
I’m not going to it in
middle of an oil spill when the political environment doesn’t favor
what I want.
In other words, he's not
Washington to do anything that's tough,
Ooh!!! BP aware
well before explosion. Double-plus-ungood!!!
comparisons between Jews and Palestinians.
Dispute with local
right-wingers over Thomas
Roosevelt. Unfortunately, Sowell's piece
is VERY popular, despite the fact that it's wrong.
town! Let's protest it!
Barton (R-TX) apologized
(!) for the US Government making BP pay into a $20
billion escrow account, which will then be used to pay claims.
Right-wing bloggers defended
apology, but the Republican leadership tossed
Barton under the bus. Barton apologized.
gives a "profoundly
underwhelming" speech in response to the BP oil spill
Support for the
Care Act hits
favor, 42% against.
The Maher Arar case
The Supreme Court has
it, thereby allowing all precedents set to stand.
The US is now free to abduct foreign citizens on a whim (or shoddy
evidence, same difference), send them off to be tortured, perhaps
murdered and will do nothing to apologize to, or to compensate, the
Is Glenn Beck's
novel, The Overton
Window, informed by his
on-air conspiracy theories? Yes.
Is the book
of any literary value? Er, well, um, no.
Any deficit scold who
reducing health care costs at the
very top of the agenda is just a demagogic crank doing the dirty work
for the aristocratic overlords.
The Barney Frank
serious. They're recommending almost $1 trillion in cuts to
the Pentagon budget. Problem is, the
scolds appear to think that cuts in Defense are out of the
abundance in mineral wealth.
The boarding and
several persons on the MV Marmara by Israel will
We now have a
law not be referenced by our courts. Which is kind of
amusing as Sharia law is very compatible with what right-wingers in
America would like to see applied here in the US.
Hah! That didn't take
Lincoln beat Bill Halter for the Democratic nomination for Senator for
Arkansas on the 8th. Here it is the 12th and already, the Chamber of
Commerce has made it clear that they
money on Lincoln. Why should they?
They've got a real
running against her! Why settle for a pseudo- Republican when the real
thing is available?
wants to take away your Social Security benefits. There
ways to bring the economy back to health.
Update: Very good news! President Obama is
Success!!!! The Army
Center is closing
down! It was found to be a bad idea, but peace groups
played a part in making it unattractive.
Excellent piece from
WaPo on how business is not politics and how business
translate into political success.
I thought every stupid
say about President Obama's use of the word "ass" had been
Mr. Obama should be
himself.... Mr. Obama occupies a sacred and noble position entrusted by
the American people.
Whu-u-u-uh?!?!? The Presidency is "sacred"? Since when? Republicans
have been saying awful things about Obama since well before he occupied
the office and they've refused to pass his legislation. Obviously, the
word "sacred" has a very highly selective meaning here.
Tuesday primaries is the survival of Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) as
the Democratic nominee to keep her seat. The NY Times certainly
helped with a well-timed, pig-ignorant hit piece on her more
progressive opponent, Bill Halter. Will she get any support from the
big-money boyz who supported her in the primary? Nah,
Republican. Will the unions
support her? Please,
graves. Good news? Actually, there
some. Lincoln's amendment on derivatives is highly likely to
Sarah Palin offers some
to President Obama on how to deal with oil company executives. She
suggests that Obama should have had more face time with the BP CEO Tony
Hayward. Of course, it's far from clear how this would have affected
anything as certainly, Palin is correct to say "you must verify
correct to say that
"when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he's gonna say all the right
things to me." It's kinda like G.W. Bush saying that when he spoke
the Russian President Vladimir Putin "I looked the man in the
eye. ...I was able to get a sense of his soul." Well, that "sense" didn't
be of any value when it came to South Ossetia, did
Something I've long
Independent voters just
meaningful. A very large proportion are "leaners" who
prefer one party over the other. Truly independent voters who make up
their minds after studying the issues make up only around 10% of voters
and usually don't vote in primaries, so appealing to independents is
pretty much a complete waste of time.
Helen Thomas has
retired from newspapers (She's 89).
Thomas told a rabbi at a
House event last week that Jews
should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany and
"I deeply regret my comments
last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians," Thomas said in a statement on her Web
"They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the
Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect
and tolerance. May that day come soon."
Glenn Beck reacts to
that he has been quoting approvingly from the works of a Jew-hating
Nazi sympathizer who refers to "The savage Mohammedan call of the
muezzin" (Call to prayer) also felt that African-Americans were being
exploited and fooled into opposing white capitalists. Oh, and races
intermixing was a communist plot. Beck is astonished, astonished I tell you,
think he agrees
hateful author that he's been quoting approvingly and whose book he has
The MV Rachel Corrie
seized and the passengers detained. Unlike with the MV
Marmara, there are no reports of casualties. Earlier Israel
okay with the
allowing the Rachel Corrie to proceed after an
international team had inspected their cargo, but now
Israel refused this offer
check on cargo by the UN and instead
shadowed the boat for hours, jamming all communications until moving in
to seize the ship.
It's perfectly fine
the President up to some standards, but the sky-high "standards" that
Obama is being hld to are approaching
ridiculous. Desperate to find something
for, a reporter
Matthew Dowd complained on
recently that he expected Obama not to "politicize things."
In this case, "things" is in reference to "elections."
The really sad part is that, in order to make the Sestak "scandal"
stick (Obama got Bill Clinton to offer Sestak an unpaid advisory
position if he would drop out of the primary against Sen. Specter), TV
reduced to flat-out lying about the law.
Glenn Beck is
that progressives "co-opted" the Civil Rights Movement. Um, no. Progressives
invented the Civil Rights Movement. It arose directly out of
progressive values. Conservatives? Read the enclosed piece from Former
Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson, a Mormon and a right-winger. If
his language seems familiar, it's because that's how Beck and his
buddies speak today.
Simple answers to simple
questions. VP Biden says:
"[The Israelis have] said,
you go. You're in the Mediterranean. This ship -- if you divert
slightly north you can unload it and we'll get the stuff into Gaza.' So
what's the big deal here?"
deal is that:
A U.N. official said last
that the formal economy in Gaza has “collapsed
that according to UN statistics, “around 70% of Gazans live on less
than $1 a day, 75% rely on food aid and 60% have no daily access to
In other words, supplies
being delivered!!! There are plenty
of supplies waiting outside the borders of Gaza, but Israel is
preventing their delivery.
to a letter in the Inky.
Blogger goes on TV
framing of the assault on the Freedom Flotilla
ship as being "Hey, they were all terrorists anyway, what's the big
Right wing blames
Obama for the Freedom Flotilla's existence.
detainees at Gitmo. "Many"
imprisoned. 55% were "low level fighters" i.e.,
Governor of Lousiana
(R) has mightily
impressed members of the traditional media press corps
Constantly jumping in and
National Guard helicopters and drawing
up plans for additional “burrito levees” and “boudin bags”...
Yep, that's our Bobby, being all energetic and active. But then they
say he's shown that he's "mastered the details of the issue." Has he?
Wel-l-l-l, as a US Representative, Jindal strongly supported "open[ing]
8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas
drilling," so I'm not sure I'd give him any props for his highly
convenient, new-found environmentalism.
The deficit scolds
As of this morning
cost of our war in Afghanistan hit the $1
Administration officials who were "burrowed"
concern back during November of that year.
Uuurgh!!! The Sestak
job-offer "scandal" appears to be off
running. BTW, Digby makes the prediction that Liz Cheney will
run for office.
Another right wing
point on BP and Obama is that Obama got more campaign cash
than anyone else. True, but that
0.0002% of Obama's campaign cash (Less than
$100,000 out of nearly $400 million).
& The City 2 is culturally
offensive to Muslimes?!?! Never woulda think it!
A commenter in the
Inky declares that:
Unlike the situation with
Katrina, the [BP] oil spill occurred in Federal
waters, and the Federal Gov't was not directed by law to defer to local
Fortunately, it appears that the "scandal" of the White House having
offered Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) a job in order to keep him from
challenging Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) is fast
nothing the press corps likes better than a scandal
juxtaposition of a scare-mongering
headline from the camp of the deficit scolds with a cartoon
us the very real and serious reason why the headlne is BS.
Problem with saying
quickly to take over the emergency response to the BP
spill, there's not a whole lot of evidence that the Minerals Management
Service was ready and equipped to do much better. Granted:
The department's acting
general, Mary L. Kendall, emphasized
that all of the misconduct occurred before the Obama administration
took office in January 2009. The Interior Department's efforts to clean
up the MMS have been ongoing, and the agency's ethics code was
overhauled soon after the transition between administrations.
But with the news "that
permits despite the supposed moratorium,"
I dunno about that.
Sarah Palin is
B. Anthony was an antiabortionist. Was she? Not
clear as Anthony never specifically addressed the issue.
Anthony spent no time on
politics of abortion. It was of no
interest to her, despite living in a society (and a family) where women
aborted unwanted pregnancies.
The List's mission statement proclaims, "Although [Anthony] is known
for helping women win the right to vote, it is often untold in history
that she and most early feminists were
strongly pro-life." There's
reason it's "untold:" historians and
good journalists rely on evidence. Of which there is none.
Update: Jessica Valenti tells us that Sarah Palin's "feminism" is completely
Very large portion
spilled by BP into Gulf of Mexico could
feed of oil gusher finally set up. BP refused to
well before disaster.
Extremely sad that
Times would go with a plainly
piece of a story. The concepts
of "Due Diligence" and the priority of avoiding "Dereliction of Duty"
don't appear to be working concepts anymore.
Problem with Rand
(Republican Senatorial candidate from Ketucky) evident feeling that for
businesses to observe
law, specifically the 1964 Civil Rights Act is just a
unfair burden. Rachel Maddow asked:
denouncing those who oppose the Act. The
be that Paul doesn't approve of
violence but thinks private businesses should be able to control who,
for instance, sits at their lunch counters, but doesn't seem to realize
that it was the refusal of African-Americans to be excluded from such
basic dignities and the refusal of whites to allow them their dignity
that led to the violence. Major problem is that Paul confuses speech with the action of denying
being able to sit at a lunch counter. Paul now supports the Civil
Rights Act, but
clear that he has addressed or even understands the above
So what does a
with him/her in Arizona in order to be presumed a legal US citizen? A
driver's license will work, but
Arizona. If it's from another state, you're outta
luck and presumed to be an illegal.
Latest on BP
oil well blow-out. Absolute effin' calamity!!!
Jim Hoft of Gateway
and Sarah Palin have
it with the "lamestream media" and it's "lies" and
"distortions," etc. Problem: Neither one is remotely qualified
prononcements on what constitutes good journalism.
The rumor that Elena
debunked by a close friend of hers who knew her back in
the friend says Kagan's sexual interests were definitely hetero. The
media presents a picture of people who
wildly irresponsible, people who ran with the rumor that
gay, knowing full well that there was no evidence to back it up and
that the White House had explicitly denied it. These people seem so desperate to gin
up a scandal,
to create a buzz, it'd be quite sad. Problem is, they're doing it on an
important subject. A Supreme Court Justice of Kagan's age and health
can expect to be on the Court from 30 to 40 years. Good
dispute between blogger/lawyer Glenn Greenwald and
Professor of Law and friend of Kagan Lawrence Lessig. BTW, of the 111
Supeme Court Justices, at least 38
not have any prior judicial exprience. So the idea that judicial
experience is a necessity is nonsense.
Elena Kagan nominated
Justice to replace Justice Stevens. Considerably less
thrilled by the choice. She's a
institution-loyal, seemingly principle-free careerist who
spent the last 15 months as the Obama administration's lawyer
vigorously defending every one of his assertions of extremely broad
Very happy to see
ridiculous "Obama Administration's reaction to the BP oil spill is just like Bush
reaction to Hurricane Katrina" is dying
death. There are plenty of real
and serious criticisms for us to make about the current president
without making up a bunch of stupid crap.
June 26th, America Speaks will
meetings designed to engage in pushback against
the deficit scolds.
Round-up of news on
oil spill. Firedoglake has a page
Daily Beast had a
piece on the White House Correspondents Dinner (President
Obama did an apparently awesomely kewl comedy sketch), but wow!
Politico did 84
stories on it?!?!?!
Doesn't strike me as
...if we emerge from the spill of the Deepwater Horizon with anything
than a permanent moratorium on expanded offshore oil drilling, and
climate change energy policies moving forward without this drilling
built in, than Obama will have permanently discredited himself with the
environment, and, further, as a guardian of the public interest.
Fellow activist from
Against War writes
catastrophe in Gulf.
The people in charge
Federal Reserve have proven to be
incapable of doing their jobs. The Fed needs
to be audited, NOW!!!!!
Hmm, seems to be a
energetic effort underway to
whitewash the Bush
Uh, no. You
citizenship of the children of undocumented
immigrants when they're born in the US. They're referred to as "anchor babies"
their citizenship is entirely legal.
It's good to keep in
with the massive
and continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, that the
the right wing, Sarah Palin, made one of her most memorable sayings
during the 2008 campaign and it was "Drill,
Players Association decides
that as they have many Hispanic players who don't want to be
looking over their shoulders in Arizona, that they just don't need to
play baseball there.
White House puts
side of the "Audit the Fed" Amendment.
Glenn Beck is now
to claim G.W. Bush is a progressive. (!!!) That would
to Bush, of course. Beck claims as to his sudden anti-deficit views
(That abruptly appeared on January 20th 2009):
Beck previously responded
people who asked, “where were you when George Bush was spending?” by
saying, “It doesn’t matter. I’m here now.”
Actually, it matters a great deal because it demonstrates that Becks
opposition to deficits is hypocritical and opportunistic.
whitewash Franklin Graham's comments
religion of Islam as "wicked and evil"
(Santorum claims, falsely, that Graham was referring only to
Former First Lady
issue her memoirs on May 4th, G.W.
done and he's now in the process of editing
it. His book is due in November. He promises that his memoirs will be
candid and honest. We'll see.
A comparison of
Obama and his 2008 rival Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and how their
respective careers have fared. Very
see how McCain contributed to the country's tea
radicalization by picking Sarah Palin as his VP candidate.
A blog puzzles
over David Gregory's refusal to have Meet The Press
fact-checked via an officially-approved forum, suggesting that either
he's got "Not invented here" syndrome or that he doesn't want the idea
to spread. Here's
Liz [Cheney] is also all
NBC, where she happens to be social friends with
Meet the Press host David Gregory (whose wife worked with Liz ’s
husband at the law firm Latham & Watkins), family friends with
Justice Department reporter Pete Williams (Dick Cheney’s press aide
when he was secretary of Defense), and neighborhood friends with
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, daughter of Carter-administration
national-security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.
It just might be that Washington is a highly inbred, incestuous place
and thus deserving of the title "The Village."
Update: Meet The Facts
non-partisan fact-checking organization designed to fill this obvious
Truly terrible to
high-ranking SEC employees surfing the web for porn during 2007-8, just
when the economy was collapsing, but were
agency that had no power to do
anything in any event?
(D-MA) asks how come we
waste in the defense budget?
that the tea
Republicans who are trying to distance themselves
from the last President.
Good dialogue on
of Jack Cafferty's hostile anti-immigrant views. Good piece on how
My response to a Thomas
Friedman piece. Later updated when Friedman commited more
The Campaign for
is conducting a “Virtual
Responsibility for People Who Did Not Wreck the Economy.” The
to counter billionaire deficit scold Pete Peterson and his enablers and
their “Fiscal Summit” on April 28. Some posts will be put up at the UFPJ-DVN blog.
piece posted there.
The idea that the
might be overly
contractors is one of those "Naw-w-w, real-l-ly?!?!"
The case for making
Solicitor General Elena Kagan a Supreme Court Justice is an extremely
one. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood, on
other hand, is eminently
qualified to replace the off-going SCJ Stevens.
Granted, nobody puts
News" and "ethical" in the same sentencen anyway, but Karl Rove's
connections to a $50
fund meant to support Republican candidates ('Cause
the RNC Chairman Michael Steele is doing such
a lousy job) raises ethical
and conflict of interest questions serious enough that even Fox might
have to take serious action.
Kewl news! The
Beatles aren't so bad after all! But, in
suggestion, after the Roman Catholic
clergy proved utterly incapable of restraining pedophile priests from
continuing to abuse children under their care, a senior official says
"Hey, we should be trusted to restrain pedophile priests." No. Known
pedophiles should be removed
from positions where they
can abuse children, for
the rest of
their lives! They should never
again have unrestrained, unsupervised access to children ever again!
Oh, and all that
about the teabaggers being new and fresh and innovative? Nah.
men think that everybody else thinks Sarah Palin is
Kind of annoying
NY Times ran
video interviews of 17 Tea Party supporters (All white and all of them
appear to be at least middle-aged). Why wasn't this kind of lovingly
detailed investigation done of anti-Iraq War protesters before the war
McConnell (R-KY) seems
convinced that the financial regulations bill is a "bailout."
it's nothing of the sort, that brings up the age-old question: "Evil or
stupid?" Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) is
infuriated over McConnell's charges.
confirmed that, after leavng her hanging in the breeze for
14 months, President Obama has simply given up on trying to get Dawn
Johnsen confirmed as head of the Office of Legal Counsel. This is one
of those classic "lose-lose" approaches where giving up in the face of
opposition gains the President nothing with those opponents and his
followers are demoralized.
Main problem with
fight over a Supreme Court nomination is that 1.
Republicans are going to fight over it anyway and 2.
unenthusiastic over a not-very-good choice is not good politics.
Humor for your
Palin's view of nuclear
was shaped by her stint as the commander in chief of the Alaskan
Erm, her "duties" as "C-in-C" of the ANG were minimal to the point
where she wasn't even
on their activities.
Two people I just
work up any
Bart Stupak (D-MI) who
term after accomplishing the highly
unusual feat of pissing off both the left and the right. And CNN Host
Kyra Phillips, who hosted an "ex-gay activist." I have sympathy with
her announced goal, to explore all sides of the issue. Main
doing that is that she failed to note that Richard Cohen was expelled
...from the American
Association in 2002 for "numerous
violations of its rules, including those dealing with client welfare,
relationships with clients and counselors, and advertising"
I understand her heartache at being attacked, but her own
irresponsibility as a journalist made those attacks entirely reasonable
It's now official,
Court Justice John Paul Stevens is
A horrifying 2007
made from a
group of people. One fellow peeked out from
behind a corner of a building and sure enough appeared to be carrying
an RPG*, but that was the extent of the provocation. Wikileaks is the site
the video. U.S.
counterintelligence has plotted
against Wikileaks, "China, Israel, North Korea, Russia,
and Zimbabwe have denounced or blocked access to the WikiLeaks.org
*I was corrected on this through a commentary on Facebook
that, actually, the item that appeared to be a rocket-propelled grenade
(RPG) was a camera with a long telephoto lens. Many other
appeared after that exchange where other people confirmed that the
helicopter crew reacted inappropriately.
A January 2010 piece
the blogger just linked to: a look at the independent voter. Do they
exist as an electoral bloc? No.
irrelevant group. Best to
forget about appealing to independents, just make good policy and
succeed with it. And yes, the teabaggers
white and conservative and virtually none of
them voted for Obama.
I dearly hope
embarrassed by RedState blogger Erick Erickson,
their new hire. If they aren't they should be.
A look at the Roman
Church, the Pope and pedophile
priests along with the bishops
protect them. Pope Benedict XVI has
resignations for the mess since 2002. Even worse,
his comments to bishops are full of the passive tense: "Serious mistakes were made...errors of judgement were made
and failures of
occurred." This indicates that Benedict simply isn't
about rectifying the problem.
Very good news on
warrantless wiretapping front: U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker
ruled not only that warrantless wiretapping was illegal, but
doctrine was also
open to challenge.
unmitigated FAIL!!! A group of right-wingers decided to examine black
unemployment and whether racism had anything to do with it. Guess
participants were? The blogger admits:
...there’s no law or rule
only black people can talk about issues
affecting black people, or the same for white, latino, asian people,
But yeesh, people! I mean, really.
Court rules that
unacceptably violated. Despite support of both Bush and Obama
Administrations for violation of law, ruling
The teabaggers are
out of control
as their rhetoric and actions grow increasingly violent. Bill O'Reilly is
say that ya can't judge a whole movement by it's crazier
members, but in 2007, he cherry-picked a few blog comments
hundreds of thousands to paint the entire Netroots Nation (Then called
Yearly Kos) as crazies.
Gee, are the people arrested for training for war against the United
The legal fight over
terrorist suspects is
good. The White House appears determined to trade off
legitimacy for expediency. It's doubtful that their negotiating partner
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) can deliver on hs end of the bargain,
even if he wants to.
Very sad to see the
involved in enabling a pedophile scandal. There wasn't
question back when the scandal of a priest in the
Boston MA Archdiocese broke in 2002 "that there was a pattern of sexual
abuse and cover-up." For my own part (I'm a Protestant), there was
never any question, when I learned that the accused priest was moved
around from parish to parish in order to keep the public from finding
out how serious the problem was, that the problem went all the way to
the top. The only mystery in learning about the Pope being guilty of
having taken part in the cover-up is "What took so long?"
agree that a
autocratic culture of Il Papa led to an insular, exclusionary system
that failed to police itself...
But hey, that
in messy issues of "managment" and "supervision," y'know, bothersome
stuff like that.
When I told people to come
locked, loaded and ready, I didn't mean locked, loaded and
health care victory, decides to get
in (At this stage in his presidency, G.W.
had five nominees waiting, Obama has 77), Republicans, of
course, are upset with this.
The site WikiLeaks
attack from the US and other governments that would
The need for independent
and whistle-blowing exposures is
particularly acute now because, at exactly the same time that
investigative journalism has collapsed, public and private efforts to
manipulate public opinion have proliferated.
Major FAIL!!! Fox
Saturday Night Live comedian Victoria Jackson and Uh. Mah. Gawd. Some people actually believe
Glenn Beck when he
says the President is a communist!!!
Committee Chairman, Michael Steele, refuses
onto a DNC statement that pledges to "set an example
Very predictably, as
progressives began expressing
alarm over right-wing
violence, Representative Eric Cantor allegedly got his house
window, but it's not likely that it was
deliberately aimed at his window as the bullet entered at a very sharp
downward angle, meaning some idiot shot it into the air and it just
happened to come down where it did. Nice try at false equivalence,
less to the story
than meets the eye:
It wasn't even his office
was hit. It was a two story
townhouse-looking office building in which his office is on the second
floor and the window that was hit was on the first floor [snip]
And it wasn't a building that was labeled as Cantor's office. No one
would have ever known that he even had an office in that building! It's
not listed in any directory, it's not on his website, it's not even in
his Congressional district!
very sad when your fallback defense is that you were speaking
disregard for the truth.
and utter lack
by complaining that John Lewis (A
giant of the Civil Rights Movement) was, by locking arms with
himself to members of the Civil Rights Movement.
O-o-oh! So that's why
after the health
care vote and Wall St. was so happy. Not, of course, because the health
care bill is, y'know, good for business or anything.
Looking at the reaction
passage of the health care bill, the media gets an "F" for
their coverage and the right wing is going into meltdown over it. The
view from FDL is decidely
mixed. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) seems determined to
solution. And who in the frak gives
hang about what John McCain thinks?!?!
What precisely is
connection between public policy and public opinion? It's
nowhere near as clear as some would like to pretend.
vote on health care bill (The Senate just has to do
some tidying up via "reconciliation" and it'll all be ready for
signature). NOW is "incensed"
passes 219 to 212. No Republicans voted for it, 34
Democrats voted against it.
Yeesh! Are these
or what? After citing the CBO favorably dozens of times, now all
lies! Obviously, it's now saying something
against Republican talking points.
Glenn Beck's denunciations
of "social justice" in the churches continues.
Well, it's confirmed
Obama was making back-room deals to
happened and lefties are
lousy negotiators. There's a
made that the health care bill is something to
cheer about anyway. The CBO score came back and it's
good for the bill's proponents. $940 billion in direct
cost with $130
savings over the first decade.
it about all these Republicans talking about sex with
What's up with that?!?!
Yes, Republicans have
everything in the Senate, they have the right
to try and do that as the opposition party, but 1) that shouldn't be
seen as a Democratic
failure and 2) the
fact that the Senate is so hopelessly gridlocked is an institutional problem
clearly needs fixing.
Wow! How does one go
than the bottom of the
well? CNN goes into the mud
weeds at the bottom by hiring Erik Erickson of RedState, a
made "violent, incendiary, sexist, and racially charged
that they can't defend their hiring decision by engaging in straw-man
Excellent piece on
law and the "torture
memos" of John Yoo, et al.
The legal advisers said
were only four times during the past
thirty years in which they were intentionally cut out of the
decision-making process on issues involving the interpretation or
application of international law, and they described each as a “train
Well, Karl Rove was
to say that having a "cowboy president... [acting in] ...an extra-constitutional way to
fundamental principle in the Constitution" was a bad thing, but
amazingly enough, wasn't
Hmm, are my
traditional media reporters so low that I think it's appropriate to
cheer when a reporter actually
journalism? Oh well, I give Howard Kurtz a
"attaboy" when he does so.
Looking like the
for the health care bill passing soon are
good. Newsbusters does a "Media Reality Check" and
examines some of the
liberals. Slight problem: they cite some not
very unbelievable "spin" from liberals and completely pass on citing
some really amazing spin from conservatives. FDL is keeping a "whip
count" as to who's voting which way in the House.
I do a round-up
news, concentrating on religion. One of the elements in the
round-up was the plan put out by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) to fix
economy. Whatta mess! Well, it
0.1% of the population, but would
pretty much leave everyone else much worse off.
Quite a bit of very
important evidence concerning the torture program seems to have, er,
that's right, it
knows why it all just sorta went
Karl Rove claims
authorized torture. He's right, I suppose, in
very highly technical and constricted and very
Of course, der Fuhrer
authorized the Holocaust and Josef Stalin never authorized torture,
either. Stalin also
term "enhanced interrogation."
Kucinich (D-OH) has a petition
up for the US to stop funding more troops for Afghanistan.
Looks like the
anti-abortion Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) is losing
steam over his provision to either make the health care bill
out against women or to be a poison pill for it. He's now got a primary
challenger who's gunning for his seat in Congress.
Village" thinks Karl Rove's new autobiography is
completely full of #%$. Best sentence: "Rove offers an occasional nod
Chris Matthews' talk show looks at Rove's book and the buildup to the
Iraq War. Curiously, they
reported on the true state of
Iraq's WMD. It
there were none.
Too pro-Rahm Emanuel
tastes but otherwise very
Moore on how he'd assist the President if he
If Obama's Chief of
Emanuel's deal to try Khalid Sheil Mohammed before a military tribunal
goes through, Attorney General Eric
might as well resign. If Obama is going to permt naked,
political consideratios to trump justice, the law and his own promises,
he's pretty much, deservedly, lost all trust among serious people.
Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) stands
law. As to many other Democrats? *Crickets.*
Liz Cheney's attack
defending criminal suspects was
convincing to Wolf Blitzer's CNN show, which ran chyrons
and graphics suggesting that lawyers who believe in the rule of law are
nothing more than terrorist enablers.
pushback, from conservatives, but hey, we'll take it where
we can get it.
ACORN is pushing
against the NY Times publishing a piece about James O'Keefe wearing a
pimp outfit to ACORN offices. The NY Times' Public Editor agrees the
story is false, but for some odd, unexplained reason, won't run a
Is Rahm Emanuel the
Rasputin of the
Obama Administration? Nah,
problems that Administraton is having can be
traced directly to giving Emanuel's "centrism" far too much credit.
get a few
more details on the bargain between Emanuel and Senator Lindsey Graham
(R-SC), but it's far
table other than his
own vote. Of course, the Obama Administration has already compromised
so heavily, they can't speak with any conviction.
discourse, particularly this
suffocating "He said, she said" model of dicussing political issues is
truly a frightening thing to behold.
Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) against a primary challenger. Democratic
leaders from the White House to the DNC and DCCC and DSCC, should
stay out of primaries. All primaries, all the time.
What happens when
leaves Iraq? Iran
ready to fill any vacuum.
The Brooklyn branch
ACORN is cleared
charges stemming from BigGovernment .com's sting operation
starring James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles. Andrew Breitbart, the owner of
said website and promoter of said operation, throws
under the proverbial bus as Breitbart scrambles away from
of fraudulently pretending that O'Keefe and Giles were dressed in their
"pimp 'n' ho" outfits when they went to the ACORN offices to
"seek tax advice."
Oh, and Breitbart has promised to "take down the institutional left" when
A group of
already! It's long past time and Republicans
proved during the Blair House meeting that they simply don't want to do
note! Satellite photos show a very
of icebergs roughly the size of Luxembourg
colliding with each other and one breaking off. A bit more significant
than snowstorms in February, eh?
How much is
obstructionism in the Senate hurting America? The price is actually
very large. Over a year into Obama's Presidency and there are still
important foreign affairs vacancies that are yet to be filled. Foreign
to about important issues they
wish to discuss with the US. As the House doesn't have the filibuster
rule that the Senate does, they can simply pass bills by straight
majority rule, the way every other legislative body on the face of the
planet does. Well, the
Glenn Beck is
that the country is 40% conservative, 36% moderate and 20% liberal. The problem comes
when he lumps
conservatives. Actually, most moderates
consider themselves and are considered by conservatives, to be more
liberal than conservative.
Seems that in the
sting operation, the claim that James O'Keefe was dressed as a
blaxploitation looking pimp and his partner Hannah Giles was dressed as
a ho was BS. The pair used some
very clever and cynical racial messaging in what they did.
So the usual "Friday
Dump" (Which I thought
Bush Administration specialty that I thought
would get dumped when Obama came into office &%##@%)
shows us that not only do John
cleared of having failed in their
professional responsibility, but the Justice Department, FBI and U.S.
Postal Inspection Service all concluded that the 2001
attacks were conducted by a fellow that we seriously doubt
Presidential supremacy philosophy.
The scientists at
annoyed, and rightly so. The media
botched their reporting on the false charge that Climate
has been putting out deliberately inaccurate data. The phrase
"Dereliction of Duty" comes to mind.
Seems that Obama's
Reid's strategy on getting the health care bill through the Senate was
proposition. By making the bill more right-wing, it
failed to gain any support from Republicans, but it did succeed
Rachel Maddow has
doing a marvelous job deriding Republican hypocrisy on the stimulus
bill, but Democrats
more! Democrats need to defend
the stimulus unapologetically.
New buzzword: "constitutional
conservatism." Not that the idea in practice differs
from plain-vanilla conservatism, but hey, it sounds real neat!
Current VP Joe Biden and former VP Dick Cheney appear on Sunday talk
shows. Fox News looks around for a fair and accurate, objective and
balanced person to comment. Who do they pick? Why, Dick's daughter Liz
Cheney, of course!
odd definition of "bickering" when describing the debating
informative rant on elections and how the filibuster's been
since Democrats took the House & Senate and especially since a
Democrat took the Presidency.
The real news out of
31st anniversary of the Iranian Revolution was
happen. Citizens of the Green Movement wanted to
perform a mass protest, but were outmanuevered by the regime.
Very real victory
government as 27 appointees to positions in the
administration are cleared for an up-or-down vote by the Senate. Obama
needed to make it clear that he had lost patience with Republican
obstructionism. It's a good start, but
go. It's an absolute disgrace and an outrage that
over a year after Obama took office, he still doesn't have
all of his
offices fully staffed and that he still has nominees who have
been sitting around and twiddling their thumbs this whole time, waiting
and waiting and WAITING
for the Senate to do
is thing and confirm them.
Sarah Palin gets
using her "mastery" of the soundbite "to devastating -- and some
would say irresponsible -- effect" but as the blog post points out:
[Palin] was part of a GOP
that lost in an electoral landslide. She
walked away from her job as governor, and is now viewed by most
Americans as being wholly unqualified to lead the nation.
Yeah, that's certainly a "devastating" strategy allright.
certain that Palin has no political future. David
Broder is convinced
she has a
politcal future. Broder's defenders might want to keep in mind that
and thought GeeDubya was going
make a comeback in the polls.
A reaction to a Rick
Santorum piece in the Inky.
partiers between the neocons and the Ron Paulists.
To write a piece
party activists and Sarah Palin would be a good thing. Unfortunately, the
mess that sets out many, many narrative
threads, but fails to pull them together into a coherent whole. In the
sort-of good news department, it seems Palin the neocon is driving
followers of Ron Paul because the tea party
movement is just
rehash of Bush-Cheney Republicanism.
Administration, they've apparently decided that Rahm
Emanuel's Clintonian centrism just doesn't work.
hurry on health care and the President has
inexplicably called for Republican participation.
to the teabagger convention: 600 teabaggers to 1400 netroots folks
(Yes, it's relevant that the tea party folks charged nearly $600 a
head, charges for Netroots partcipants were much lower), but
there were 200
journalists at the recent convention. There were
journalists at Netroots Nation, but it doesn't appear to
be nearly as many. Palin? Oy, what
I wish I could say
surprising, but companies
laws to contribute to
candidates for office.
Paul Krugman notes
deficit strongly resembles the hysteria over Iraq in late
'02 -early '03.
I do a round-up
news, covering a number of topics.
The thing to
distinction between hard-core conservative Republican Senators like
James Inhofe (R-OK, global warming denier) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT,
anti-abortionist) and moderate Republican Senators like Olympia Snowe
(R-ME, helped to delay health care reform) and Susan Collins (R-ME) is
that the distinction is far more theoretical than it is substantive.
Collins has completely
herself on the Abdulmutallab (Underwear
bomber) case, first saying he was given his Miranda rights and thereby
refused to talk, then the Obama Administration showed he was indeed
talking, then Collins got all confused and has now "doubled down."
"Don't Ask, Don't
Tell" is undergoing
challenge. Hard to say how it will all shake out.
Do not ever
one of your hard-earned dollars to the DNC! They just
threw $500,000 in voter contributions down the slimiest rat-hole
possible by spending it on ads praising
Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) for undermining health care. Give your money
directly to candidates.
Norquist has the right idea, that we should just force the government
to get by with less money by doing things more efficiently and by not
doing some things at all. Unfortunately, when Norquist's "TAxpayer Bill
Of Rights" (TABOR)
First, the NY Times'
conservative" Ross Douthat wrote an op-ed suggesting that abstinence-only
bad (A study indicated the programs
are worthless) and that school sex-education programs were
generally all pretty worthless anyway. A
replied that, no, there's nothing wrong with teaching
sex properly and that "Real, fact-based, comprehensive education does"
have a positive effect. One of Digby's bloggers laments
"that an enormous amount of effort is spent in simply correcting their
grossly misleading assertions and stating the obvious" and then
emphasizes that, properly
taught, sex education is actually very valuable to young
away when it became clear that the President was wiping
the floor with the Republicans.
the employ of
BigGovernment .com's Andrew Breitbart attempted to gain
Senator Mary Landreiu's (D-LA) telephone system (Note: The Senator is a
senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee,
her office a "target-rich environment" for surveillance) and stands
accused of a
felony that could get him up to ten years in prison. The accused James
O'Keefe and his associate Hannah Giles (Who has no apparent connection
to this partcular case) were the purported "pimp and prostitute" in the
videotaped "sting operation" against ACORN. Very, very
interesting to see how, all
of the sudden, Andrew Breitbart
and Fox News are very, very concerned
about, y'know, due process and waiting for all of the facts to become
clear, etc., etc. , concerns that they didn't show earlier
summary of the case and the national security implications
Oh, and FireDogLake's Emptywheel
explanation into little, itty-bitty pieces.
is when determining someone's credibility.
Conrad/Gregg "deficit" cutting commission vote fails
filibuster. No automatic entitlements-cutter.
Ooh! Bad, bad, BAD
a horrible choice! President Obama signs
1937 and to seal his fate as a one-term
It's really, really
hard to overstate just how incredibly bad this idea is. WaPo
overstates deficit problem and neglects
mention important facts.
corporations to use their general treasuries to support candidates for
political office directly. Is that a well-intentioned move? Of
not. Is it a disaster? Ehh,
clear that it is. Corporations were doing that anyway, but
they were doing it indirectly, through PACS and 527s.
It's at least marginally
to have the ad expressly say that it
was paid for by Dow Chemical rather than by "Americans for Happy
Kittens and Grandmothers."
Quite frankly, it was the
2004 that really opened the floodgates for
is a very good point and appropriate cause for concern. The Supreme
Court didn't separate foreign from US corporations, so everyone from
Venezuela to Russia could buy unlimited ads pushing their favorite
Looks like Federal
Chairman Ben Bernanke's second term is increasingly
doubt. Good! the Obama Administration should show him the
appearance in Haiti.
Wow, what an
amazing, unexpected development [/snark] !!! Seems that the full-body
scanners destined to be in all airports don't
Air America is gone!
was a good station, even though I'm not much of a radio listener. Why
are right-wing media doing so well in comparison? Well, right-wing
media is much more clearly defined than left-wing media, most media is
rather more corporatist, more concerned with getting viewers than with
pushing a particular viewpoint. Second, right-wing
daddies supply the right-wing media with operating funds even
their papers and TV shows aren't popular.
Democrats lost the
in Massachusetts to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy. With the
local Democratic candidate's loss, the Senate Democrats are now down to
"merely" 59. Is that an entirely bad thing? Ehh, not
necessarily. As to the idea that the House can simply pass
Senate health care bill unchanged, Speaker Pelosi says "No."
back in, etc.
news. The Supreme Court has agreed 5-4 to allow corporations
use their general treasury funds to make
speech without meaningful restrictions. This
is in direct response to an anti-Hillary Clinton movie that was
produced and distributed on DVD very shortly before the 2008 Democratic
This is a serious
exactly is in charge of Haiti's security? Or, given the usual maritime
rule as to who has the right of way, boats usually follow "The law of
superior tonnage" (The lighter boat gves way to the heavier one), with
10,000 troops in-country, the US appears to be the leader in charge of
Haitian security. Problem: Brazil
presence in Haiti since 2004. The US really
should work out a Status of Forces agreement to decide how
Brazilian and the US troops interact, ASAP.
Who or what is really threatening
marriage in the
Internet! The 'net is making it too gol-durn easy to hook up,
thereby making cheating on one's spouse wa-a-ay too easy.
Massive earthquake, magnitude
Haiti, up to 50,000 dead, buildings made with cheap
materials crumpled and food running low. Very pleased to say that US is
responding well, sending troops and supplies with dispatch. The First United Methodist
Germantown has a long-standing relationship with the Haitian group Fonkoze and yes,
donations. The blogger Digby has a list
organizations to donate to. BTW, Noam Chomsky fills
details behind that country's history.
Right-wingers are doing
best to try and make the disaster in Haiti a political issue
to attack President Obama with. Right-wing radio and Fox News are
ignoring Haiti as far as possible as there's
partisan angle to the story. Of course, the false
are coming thick and fast.
Hey, here's a great dea! Let's get Rush Limbaugh booted
Sarah Palin slated
become Fox News contributor. Yup, Fox News will continue to be a
This is pretty cool!
WaPo/CNN media critic Howard Kurtz gets lots and lots of criticism
in these parts
because he's usually pretty oblivious to important questions. Now, he's
concerned about interviewers
fact-checking of their guests!!!! To which I can only
respond "Yee-hah! Let's have more of that, please!"
Nah, Kurtz hasn't
severe understatement. It's also not at all clear why
is considered a "live" issue. I thought that issue died back in late
November of last year.
Did a story that was
of a change of pace for me. Bicycles
trash. Yes, there are environmentally friendly ways to
get things done. Not everything has to get hauled with fossil-fuel
Tehran Times covers Gaza
but I think accurate
summary of Obama's first year in office. It fits
in with a statement by Rahm Emanuel that NAFTA was some sort of brilliant
coup by President Clinton. Um, no it wasn't. Helping out the
top 1% of income earners does NOT translate into political popularity!
Does the Fed even
ability to have detected the housing bubble? Very
troubling piece suggesting that it doesn't.
Good piece that sums
Bush Administration record in dealing with terrorism. Summary: The
brag about. As to the review following the underpants bomber,
(PDF) the summary of the security review, and here's
(PDF) the president's directive on corrective actions.
Marriage Equality bill loses
in the NJ Senate 20-14.
Well, this is
news! Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) may have pissed off liberals over
the last few months, but he
affection from people off to the right wing side of
the political spectrum, either.
slide into ignominy and irrelevance. They produced a
single-source story that a great many progressive organizations
disagreed with, completely blew off presenting any criticism and then
claimed to have "edited" the piece.
Progressives very unhappy that Democratic leadership apparently
avoid House-Senate conference negotiations for the
next phase of the health care bill. Here's a list detailing exactly how
differ. Also, the "We'll fix it later"
hit from the planned retirements of Democratic
Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Chris Dodd (D-CT).
Good piece on the "Obama
Disconnect," suggesting that the President wants to build a
machine, but like Jesse Jackson's Rainbow
D'oh! One of
amusingly crazy members of Congress, Representative Michele Bachmann
against the Census, charging it with all sorts of perfidious evil
that. Seems her district would be the first
to go if Minnesota is re-districted as a result of the census deciding
the state has too few citizens to support all of its Congresspeople.
Matthews actually makes some good points! He clobbers a guest frm the
website Politico for being
to former VP Dick Cheney. Guest falls quiet and looks away.
The Gaza Freedom
1400 delegates who
travel from Cairo, Egypt to Gaza to show solidarity.
Egypt gave permission for only 100 to go in. The GFM. Ultimately, 85
in. Israei security personnel kill
activist, a French woman. Photos.
One thing to keep in
on the heath care bill, the public option is not just a "nice-to-have"
foundational. It's a vital, "must-have" feature.
USA Today reveals very
with the ideology and real-world practice of centrism, "a pox on both
your houses," of "balance" and of distaste for "ideology."