Republican race for
nomination: Ron Paul may be getting underestimated,
Rick Santorum goes
attack against Paul, Michele Bachmann does not, repeat, does not read from
a teleprompter (She
Economics" ... died of natural causes brought on by prolonged
exposure to reality.
Egyptian military is
resisting being made subordinate to the peoples' will.
cool! It looks like the transaction tax may have more than a
snowball's chance in Hell of actually passing!
Very sad to see
credibility on the bonfire by choosing as its "Lie of the
charge that's either flat-out true or, at the absolute worst, arguably
true. It's not just bad for Politifact, it's bad for the entire concept
of fact-checking as there's no point in anybody telling the truth. Why
bother when lying may give one an advantage and there's no apparent
down-side to doing it?
Last US troops officially
Update: Wel-l-l-l, it passed the Senate, anyway. Republicans in the
passed, but don't want to be blamed for killing a
popular measure. Nobody
their side. Unlike with the debt-limit fight, Congressional Republicans
leverage and everyone
As a condition of
the Social Security payroll tax down by two percent, Republicans insist
killing the Keystone XL Pipeline. Um, okay. Sure, we can work
Excellent piece on Wall
Street's short-term game being a long-term loser.
Further problem with
Politifact website. Fact-checking is, in general, a very good thing and
it should be encouraged, but "expertise" is of very limited
when a site purports
question. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) made a
very largely correct statement / prediction about presidential powers
and the new AUMF, but Politifact's preferred experts disagreed with him
and so Politifact declared his statement "mostly false."
Round-up of political
in early December.
A bill that could spell
Internet as we know it. It's an anti-piracy bill
pushed by movie, TV and music companies and it would come down so hard
on possible piracy that essentially any website that features
user-submitted content could be shut down. Email
How very peculiar!
harassment claims against Herman Cain and figured that
end of him. Curiously, at the Republican debate, the claims were
brought up and "the audience was not happy to hear this inquiry coming
up." But then Cain admitted
affair and Republicans are tossing him under the
Problem: How to
Roman Catholic voters. Question: Do Catholic Bishops accurately and
meaningfully represent those voters? Answer: Erm, no,
really. Just because the whole group of Bishops decides
abortion is a truly terrible thing doesn't
mean Obama will help himself with ordinary voters by agreeing with the
confusion on the part of a guy who's paid to talk about
Hard to see why
still the Chancellor of UC Davis after the famous pepper-spraying
incident. And no, I was at the Bradley Manning demonstration where
several protesters were carried off by the police and
pepper-spraying was not
so no, it's not standard
Round-up on the news
2011. Too much going on to easily summarize.
The Inky writes an
editorial the makes an invalid
comparison between the 1990 base closing commission and Cat
Commission II. No, the two commissions are nothing alike as there's far
less consensus on cutting the Federal Budget than there ever was or
ever will be on closing bases.
Al Sharpton makes extremely
observations on the conflicts of interests of Supreme Court
Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas and SCJ Elena Kagan's
completely non-existent conflict of interest. Fox News cites a non-existent clause
Constitution to bolster their case against Kagan.
Poor Herman Cain just
understand this whole "interviewing" thing.
where #OWS was staying cleared
police at 1:00am on November 15th. Police destroy
personal property. Ocupiers learn
the police are on:
Behind him, a teenage girl
a hastily written sign saying: "NYPD, we trusted you – you were
supposed to protect us!"
We can add Herman
the list of Republican candidates who
know what they're talking about. Cain blamed his "Oops
moment" on a lack of sleep, but I seem to remember as ad about a 3:00am
and who may or may not be ready for it.
There is simply no
for the "Super Congress" than to toss it out with
Cat Food Commission
result in a comprehensive agreement at this point. Problem
is, they're not simply dropping it and appear determined to "punt" and
"kick the can down the road" and delegate off the hard decisions.
Speaking as someone
a history major back in college, recent pronouncements by Rick
Perry and Mitt
Romney are just plain painful to hear about. No, *sigh*, the
relationship between the US and China in no way resembles that between
the US and the Soviet Union and *no*, Iran doesn't have any insurgents
for the US to support. Iranians may be unhappy with their government,
but that's a long way from being willing to take up arms against it.
one about how we should deal
with Cat Food Commission II. No
"tough choices" are necessary, the Federal Budget is not like a family
American people are not
expecting, nor do they want
Fox News' Andrea
spews a number of wrong, victime-blaming things about the Herman Cain
sexual-harrassment case. The piece on her opposition to Cain's victimes
makes a number of interesting
observations about professional women trying to make it up
career ladder and mentoring. Well worth reading.
I take a look at who
are. A right-wing newspaper columnist
asserts, correctly, that the numbers are a shorthand for a
Senator Dick Durbin
wonder whether President Obama has really gotten the message
of Occupy Wall Street
not. BTW, excellent piece on how the "Austerity
Class" rules Washington DC. Congress set to vote on one
ever, the Balanced Budget Amendment.
President Obama's views on enforcing laws against behavior of banks not
achieves a complete
utter FAIL for their coverage of presidential candidate
and his many accusers.
Deadbeat dad (Owes
$100,000 in child support payments) Representative
Joe Walsh (R-IL) melts
down and accuses constituents of "blaming the banks" for the
economy being a mess. He's completely wrong, of course, and banks take
most of the blame.
Elections of 2011 turn
well for progressives. Lots of good news with Ohio's
anti-union measure and Mississippi's "personhood" amendment. Not so
Is Israel about to
Iran? Sure hope not, but it's very pleasant to see a blogger list
reasons as to why Obama wouldn't welcome such an attack.
Cat Food Commission
appears to be in trouble. With only a few weeks to go, there's
sign that a deal can be reached. Good! The Commission needs
be disbanded anyway.
Update on WaPo
Security story - The WaPo Ombudsman takes
it and, unsurprisingly for this fellow, declares that the
dirty hippies of the left are wrong to attack it. Very disturbingly, he
concludes that well, lefty economists hate it, right-wingers love it, a
Third Way guy who represents the centrists likes it, so the Ombudsman
goes with him as the authority. This is a very lazy and irresponsible
way to determine what the truth is.
This is so
and reveals the utter
bankruptcy of the Family Research Council. Repesentative Joe
Walsh (R-IL) owes over $100,000 in child support, but the FRC gave him
a 100% "Pro Family" record as he's an anti-abortionist and wants to
eliminate Planned Parenthood.
Gee, why has the
propaganda machine sputtered
recently? Perhaps it's because Republicans promised to
focus on the economy, but instead focused on reproductive choice and
wild and crazy ideas that they didn't campaign
Very, very good to
liberal pushback on the WaPo's attempt to pull a "Judy Miller" with
Lori Montgomery, to try to present a highly
biased and wildly inaccurate piece as though it were
news. Oh, and the Democratic establishment is
seriously. Little late for
that, but good to see they're now wide-awake to the problem.
Bit of a problem for
right wings' discrediting of #OWS, a lot of the #OWS people are veterans.
Is Herman Cain being
unfairly discriminated against with all of these sexual harassment
charges? I really couldn't care less. The
Palin with his complete ignorace of US
policy. About those sex harassment claims, Cain is now doin' the
shuffle to avoid canceling the confidentiality
agreeement that's keeping his accuser quiet. Heh! Rush
"Sexual harassment is a political tool of the left..." Really?
Apparently Limbaugh slept through Bill Clinton's entire term in office,
where the President had to fend off charge after charge after charge of
Very pleased to have
some pushback on a really bad traditional media story. The WaPo puts
out a really,
piece on Social Security and the
deficit. Fortunately, the piece gets lots and lots of pushback,
to the point
where the author gets really
stressed out and frazzled over the criticism. And while it's
very nice and fine and well for people to realize that they're wrong,
fact and when the damage is long
I review Fair
What a wasted
Cat Food Commission II had the chance to specify to the American people
just what Democrats stood for. It was pretty obvious that Republicans
wouldn't accept any
the Commission drastically
underbids and proposes $2 trillion in cuts and only $1
new revenue. Not only did Republicans reject the offer out of hand,
progressives are infuriated. Bad, pathetic, lose-lose situation all
for America to
market. Problem is,
...the same players who
the same crimes are in position at the same points.
makes a number of wild,
charges about OWS being funded and directed by
"George Soros, MoveOn, the SEIU and many far-left journalists," but
then a Fox News "straight news" contributor DARES to compare
villains to the Koch brothers. O'Reilly goes off on her and insists:
"And I want to remind you
statements you can't back up on this network. We don't do that on this
Other networks do. We don't."
Yeah, okay, well then, we'll patiently await O'Reilly's "proof" about
Soros and MoveOn having anything to do with Occupy Wall Street.
Two pieces, one
after the other. An anti-gay bigot saying that marriage equality will
us and then a piece about how a group is
spending $70,000 in taxpayer
million in spending. The kicker? They're both
Republicans! Which is it, guys!?!?! You like children or don't
Just because Occupy Wall Street keeps their money in a bank doesn't
mean they're being dishonest or inconsistent.
Good summary of national
coversation over the last few months.
While ignoring the
of the "Climategate" uh, "scandal"
fellow who was paid by the Koch brothers finds nevertheless, that
climate scientists had it right the first time), Fox News did find
praise Rick Perry's flat tax plan. And yes, the plan is completely
Rep. Paul Ryan
to save money by
Grants, the grants that permit lower-income American
young people to get college educations. Yeah, who needs an economy full
of educated workers?
Cohen examines OWS for signs of anti-semitism. Fox News ran a
Bill Kristol advertisement warning everyone about how anti-semitic OWS
all the troops in Iraq will
Update: Newt Gingrish flip-flops
on whether going or staying is a good thing. Rep. Michele Bachmann complains
that "... we are there as the nation that liberated these people. And
that’s the thanks that the United States is getting...?"
Cantor was going to give a speech on income inequality at Wharton
School, but was dissuaded when he was told there
protesters at his speech. And no, we
Thoughts on the brutal
execution of Qaddafi.
In the face of 75%
approval for the idea of passing President Obama's jobs
bill, the Senate only musters a 50-50 approval of it (It takes 60 to
break a filibuster and to permit discussion
of the bill). Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) complaned just the other day
about the government lacking a sense of urgency to tackling the jobs
crisis. Would have helped her credibility had she not voted to filibuster
jobs bill. President Obama says Republicans need
why they voted to kill the popular bill.
Moammar Gadhafi captured,
and killed afterwards. White House takes
lap for successful conclusion of Libyan operation,
President or even American troops for it.
Lots to object to in
Loesch's talk here,
Partiers might have been a bit
more extreme in their views, but as befits an astroturf movement, there
disagreement on policy questions.
Cat Food Commission
II just really
exist. They're "dead in the water" as far as
finding a budgetary solution to what ails America goes.
See, the whole idea
centrism/Third Way/Middle of the Road ideology is that the tale of
Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a valid analogue for leftist=too hot,
right wing=too cold, centrist=just right. Major problem with that is
that left and right are
opposites. Right-wingers care about how much government
is spending, leftists care about results
and aren't concerned about
whether government is thereby bigger or smaller.
James O'Keefe thought that left and right think tanks are the same, that
results. No, what
lefty think tanks are concerned with is accuracy and credibility, not
about being "correct." The Goldilocks metaphor is a really lousy,
crappy way to judge ideologies.
Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki of Iraq sticks
guns and insists that the US leave Iraq by this years end.
The US leaves behind a failed state with no benefits for itself.
The story that Iran
to kill the Saudi Ambassador is a highly,
*Sigh* Someone needs
tell Rush Limbaugh that the
diligence" is that you're supposed to do it before
you go on
the air to excitedly tell listeners stuff that makes you sound really
effing stupid later! Just because it's called "The Lord's Resistance
Army" does not mean that
down and defend his statement. Limbaugh can't be bothered to
correct his obviously-wrong interpretation.
Ya can't keep us
Occupy Wall Street sparks sympathizers all
world! American poll
Percentage of Americans who support the Tea Party: 27%
Percentage of Americans who support OWS: 54%
Also, New Yorkers fully
understand why the OWS people are there and support them
Good Lord!!! Horrifying
images of Occupiers being brutalized by police.
See, here's the
Timothy Geithner were
describing, y'know, reality
and not just some really pleasant, wishful-thinking fantasy, then the
OWS movement might not be as large as it is. Quote:
Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner suggested Friday that a new
round of “dramatic enforcement actions” against Wall Street wrongdoing
I emphasized the word "new" because, well, had we seen any meaningful
the Occupy movement would be much
“You’ve seen very, very
enforcement actions already by the enforcement authorities..."
Uh, no. No, we haven't.
Geithner also vows to take action against deficits, as if deficits were
a problem that any
of the Occupiers were worried
charts about what America's economy is all
about these days.
Very, very, VERY annoying!!!
Agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia get
Congress. The good news is they faced record Democratic
opposition. Sort of good news is that the Tea Party freshmen were the
decisive positive votes that got the FTAs over the top. Serious problem
with the media: The "need" for 60 votes (The actual vote was 50-49 in
filibuster, which is not found in the Constitution and
has been really, really
abused ever since Democrats took over.
Madison have approved of the Tea Party or the Occupy Wall Street
it, he'd stand with OWS.
We have the very sad
people responding to We
(Everybody but the Wall St bankers and their sympathizers/ enablers) by
opening up a
site saying We are the
(Which refers to those who earn enough to
pay income taxes). The 53% site is really
sad as it's people who are really just
off as the 99%ers, but are proud
arising with US
2011. Not only do
Iraqis want US personnel to remain on their bases (Thereby making
bombing possible), but they don't want US personnel
to have legal immunity for their actions.
understandable for regular citizens to
is, but for a presidential
candidate to not have any idea is really quite sad.
NY Times columnist
Krugman notes that the
Percenters (As opposed to the 99
Percenters, i.e., the Occupiers and frankly, the One Percenters
actually represent "the wealthiest hundredth
of a percent") are showing quite a bit of fear and paranoia over the
occupations springing up around the country. If you can judge a
movement by its enemies, the Occupy
Together movement is a healthy one, indeed!
Female students in
occupying their university for five months, inisting on free
So how's the
Afghanistan going? US troops pulling out soon? Not
so good on that score. The Bagram Air Force base has 25,000
permanent personnel and an expansion is planned. Also, Taliban rocket
increasing. Some Afghans believe
insecurity and immorality have flourished since U.S.-backed troops
ousted the group from Kabul, and [the return of the Taliban] would end
much of that.
Oh, and big
running for President after all. Palin's employment at Fox
legal and ethical dilemmas.
try to discuss racial identity. Seriously guys, just leave
whole issue alone. It's simply not the place of a white person to
discuss who's "really" black.
The idea that
marched with the New Black Panther Party back in 2007 never
much sense to me as the
doesn't do marches to begin with, but the idea that Obama
with the NBPP is complete
Huh! Amazing. The
brothers have not only been our political enemies for a long time, they've
criminals. Who'd a thunk it?
Deep thoughts on the
al-Awlaki killing. Congress
rules for this sort of thing, and quickly.
see the NY Times change
paragraph within 20 minutes of first putting it out. Audio
backup. Detailed picture of just
happened. Wow! Airline
pilots join the Occupy Wall Street protest! Good
overview as to what the fight is all about.
Excellent news! The
proposed 50-State settlement of the foreclosure mess that the NY
Attorney General had already backed out on sufferd a crippling blow when
likewise. The Obama strategy of
sweeping foreclosure faud under the rug is dead.
Brent Bozell tries to "prove" that the media has a liberal bias by comparing
on-air minutes that Democratic and Republican presidential
candidates received. Not only were the numbers of minutes about the
same (247 minutes for Republicans in 2011, 241 for Democrats in 2008),
but the Democratic numbers were padded by including Al Gore, who wasn't
blinked and there were no offsets for disaster aid.
Facebook photos of Occupy
St in NYC. Brutality against protesters draws some
pushback from MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell. Regardless as to
individual media outlets feel about this protest, it
still needs to
anyone attempting parody: Michele Bachmann thinks Hezbollah
sites in Cuba!
Facebook of New York's Occupy Wall Street protest. A sort-of
anti and an enthusiastically
pro-Occupy Wall St protest commentary. The media seems to
taken a very
different attitude towards protest, specifically, a much
attitude towards the Tea Party actions. Good
Ultimately we get the
deserve, and if only the oddest ducks are willing to put themselves on
the line for actions like this, it's hard to complain too much about
the marginalization of the left.
SugarHouse Casino observes
its 1st annivesary. Casino-Free Philly points out that "quicksand
credit" has cost Philly citizens dearly in lost gambling
Support for Occupy
is growing by the hour. Solidarity actions in Chicago,
Phoenix and Paris, France, are all getting off the ground. In Los
Angeles, Cleveland, and Atlanta, actions are in the works.
Very, very sad to
see a possibly
man be executed. Support
Strongly agree with
cartoon on Ron
Paul's "solution" to medical costs. Depending on churches,
and family is all very fine and well when you live in a small
town and everyone knows you and when costs are small, but as the third
panel of the cartoon shows, not everyone lives in a cozy small town and
costs go up into the multiple thousands of dollars, neighbors
can't simply hold
a bake sale and pay your bills for you.
explicitly encourage Fed to not
stimulate the economy because they want the President to lose
"Mainstream" pundits show their complete
irrelevance concerning what Americans want in
RT (formerly Russia
the Wall St. sit-in. WSQT Direct Action Radio 90.5 in DC posts
Indymedia going in-depth on the sit-in.
what Obama's "class warfare" remarks are all about and Markos Moulitsas
of Daily Kos gives Obama's America Jobs proposal a
I spent part of the day looking at Obama's deficit reduction plan,
looking for that poison pill. It looked too good to be true—...
But it seems to be entirely true, the plan really is
progressive! And a
very good thing to keep in mind:
As I kept saying again
But the debt-limit negotiations and the whole strategy of pre-conceding
were a complete failure. They were
strictly a lose-lose proposition. Obama very sensibly chucked that
Heh! Right-wing commenter says President is "Throwing
out the window." That'd be real convincing if Republicans had
doing any real compromising to begin with.
Woo-hoo!!! DADT is
GLBT servicemembers no longer have to hide which gender they prefer to
romance. "This is a BFD, and [it was] a long, hard slog."
Speaker Boehner rejects
plan, insists that deregulation and lowering taxes will
do the job of getting Americans back to work. Heh! President Obama makes
bridge in Boehner's district.
Interestingly, the bloodthirsty
reaction of Republican debate audiences towards death thru
insufficient funds is not replicated when students at Liberty
University are asked about the issue face-to-face.
Whew! Senate passes
62 to 37 without taking money from other programs to pay for it.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) had insisted that money be taken from foreign
aid to pay for it.
Blue Dog Democrats
budget issues - the Democratic Party needs
jobs got pretty
reviews. Recommend we all contact Congress and
lobby for immediate passage of whole package!
Think Progress does three
row that suggest
that the Republican Party as a whole doesn't seem to have much use for,
and y'know, stuff like
that. Oh, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is a
Hmm, this might turn
be a problem, Turkey is escalating it's
about how Israel treated Turkish nationals that were on the "Ship
Gaza," the Mavi Marmara, last year. Israeli plane goes
check. Israel reacts
by downgrading diplomatic ties.
Photostory on Libyan
control of Tripoli.
Aw-w-w-w! Poor Newt
Gingrich! He says people
him whether he's still running for president. Gingrich
blames the press for public's confusion.
The President will
speech on jobs this Thursday. Is it anything to look forward to? He's
revealed himself to be, essentially,
Republican. He's losing popularity among progressives,
who see him as a
talker, but not much of a doer. His leaked
plan is underwhelming.
Not just Fox News
Washington Times, but CNN, the WaPo and USA Today all run
from Teamsters President James Hoffa. What
hell is wrong
Mark Halperin answers his own question, but doesn't seem to realize it.
He wants to know why Obama and Speaker Boehner can't work together and
reach an agreement, but
segment that it's in the interests of
to have a
Two good pieces on
both of which denounce "Truthers" (Who feel that Bush planned and
supervised the whole thing), the
Inky looks at various issues, a blog looks at Bush
is doing quite poorly. Will it improve if we start using
Republican policies? Erm, actually, we
are. It's precisely
policies that are failing us.
A U.S. diplomatic cable
public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at
least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a
5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the
Oh, well. So much
boomlet of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Seems she's
anywhere after all. TX Governor Rick Perry (R) is
stealing all her thunder.
case of the "honesty" bug. Enabling poor people to vote encourages "redistributionist
policies" that are, like, uh, bad, I guess. Rush Limbaugh
flat out "Screw
President has a
challenge ahead of him. He can keep trying the ol'
game, y'know, the idea of ignoring his
base and trying to appeal to the middle-of-the-road voter, or he can
try something that's more likely to work and take a progressive
Excellent! New York
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in his quest to hold mortgage
lenders responsible for fraud, is
Good piece on why
seriously as a presidential candidate. Lots of
factors, including her failure to convince women to vote for her simply
because she's a fellow female.
very, very seriously
stop chasing the mirage of centrist,
voters. It's a very bad, counter-productive strategy. The
blames Republicans more than Democrats for the lousy
economy, but the lefty
mine. They're warning that a
revolt in the ranks is brewing.
Apparently it has not
notice of half of Americans that this mumbo jumbo about the deficit and
"confidence" and the rest isn't addressing their concerns.
Suspected Al Qaeda trainer
al-Shaykh al-Libi was rendered by the CIA to Egypt, where he was
tortured. To make his interrogators stop, he told them that there was a
link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. This intelligence was used in
part to justify the Iraq War. No such link existed.
This is a perfect example of what we call a "self-fulfilling prophecy."
out, probably by the questions his interrogators were
asking him, what it was that his interrogators wanted to hear. So, he
told them that. So then, the Bush Administration triumphantly told the
world what the results of their illegal and immoral techniques were,
techniques they knew full well produced useless results.
Sorry Allen West
Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus), but Dr. Martin
Luther King was
progressive. He never took conservative positions on any
Obama says he's in
jobs, that he's ready to pivot to the jobs issue? Fine. Disband
II or as some refer to it, the joint
super-committee. Sorry, but as long as Republicans are saying
things, like that disaster relief can only be provided if
there are cuts elsewhere in the budget, then no sane proposals can be
Libya just about
the hands of the rebels. Juan Cole, a highly respected professor and
lefty blogger, feels that this is a
Qaddafi had lost popular
across the board and was in power only through main force.
To the annoyance of the right wing, this appears to exonerate Obama's
strategy of "Lead
behind." The "Thank America last" crowd, Sens. John McCain
(R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), of
course, disagree. Blogger John Cole has many
sensible concerns and reservations.
Not as strong or
I'd like it to be, but it's good to see President Obama's Senior
Advisor David Axelrod take
right tack in saying that "rebuilding the country's roads and
bridges" is important. Disappointing to see how much the Obama
Administration is continuing to cling to a failed
strategy, though. Unfortunately, the Obama
interest in prosecuting bankers for dubious
Hm. Seems Sarah
run after all.
"Michele Bachmann and
operate in the exact same [political] space. They have similar
personalities. They attract similar voters. There's no space for
[Palin] right now."
scolds fellow rich people for being willingly
undertaxed. Fellow billionaire Charles Koch declares (in a
huffy and offended manner) that he
fine, thank you very much. Comment
I’m fascinated by the
that “much of what the government spends money on does more harm than
good.” Such as?
Or more to the point, more
than good for whom?
Very, very pleased
that progressive citizens are
doing in the summer of 2009,
they're questioning their Congresspeople and well, y'know what?
Congresspeople don't seem to like it very much.
'Fraid I have to
this. Progressive members of Cat Food Commission II are trying
ear, but the boat has left the
harbor on adding a jobs component to the mandate of the
press corps writers can be a
behold. Wrong conclusions beget wrong conclusions
and no, there is no "broad center." Most Americans are on the left side
of the political spectrum.
Heh! So who
again who said defaulting on our financial
obligations wouldn't be a big deal?
hilarious! The conservative RightNetwork .com hasn't had any new
material for several
months. Love their explanation!
media guy accepted an offer somewhere else, so, you know, we're trying
replace him. But, It's just business as usual."
Bwah-hah-hah!!! When RightNetwork debuted, "...it touted itself as a
conservative media alternative..."
Yup, it really,
economy! President Obama better get a move on and get the
economy moving to creat new jobs and make life visibly better or he'll
be a one-termer for sure!
Joe Walsh (R-IL) thinks
parents. Gee Joe, if
only you were paid up on child support,
might be a compelling case!
Problem that made
Wisconsin much harder: the
out by the President and national Democrats. The
messages were all about austerity. Austerity directly contradicts
Democratic values. We can't possibly pursue Democratic policies and
austerity at the same time as they're completely contradictory goals.
No good news
Food Commission II, even though traditional media desperately
searches for some. Problem is, the Commission is set up to
to "find answers."
ideal, the balance between Republican and Democratic State Senators was
19 to 14, now
17-16. Could have been better, but
was well worth doing. There were questions of irregularities, but
not pursue them.
So Obama has
perfect lose-lose solution. He's lost in that the economy
crashing and in that nobody
pleased with the deal. Overwhelmingly, the feeling is that
rich got a real good deal and that the not-rich got whacked. Obama is
fast reaching a tipping
point, where the public is likely to conclude that he's just
very good negotiator or that he's just not a liberal. Thank heavens, at
least S&P isn't
enough to endorse the Balanced Budget Amendment. Local and
state jobs are not at all difficult to save, it just requires money
from the Federal Government, money that Tea Party Republicans don't
are pretty disurbing.
Standard & Poor lowers US creditworthiness from AAA to AA+. Not
qualified to make any such judgements,
though. S&P's motivation
is also quite suspect. Remember, agencies were quite
to pick up on Enron's problems in 2002. And also remember:
[In 1999] a German company
together a picture of the Enron Corporation's finances so troubling
that it helped persuade the company to call off a merger with Enron...
The failure of regulators and ratings agencies to pick up on Enron's
problems were not
those problems being obscure and unknowable.
The Republican House
Transportation Committee Chairman is very,
upset. After forcing 74,000 people into a furlogh
might not get back pay for that time), Rep. John Mica (R-FL) feels like
the victim as everybody appears to really hate him for doing that.
Crisis averted! Not
celebrate other than that, though. Very, very interesting
statement from the Vice-President, saying that President
"prepared to 'invoke the 14th Amendment' in the event of the debt limit
failing to pass." That means that it really was an entirely
fake "crisis" that
didn't have to happen. And no, Republicans are not
off creating future such "crises."
Obama made a great
speech about getting to the job creation business, but
not clear when he'll do any such thing or with what
Great idea otherwise, though. Unfortunately, "Free Trade" agreements
are likely to be a big part of any jobs solution Problem "Free
job-killers, not job-producers.
to have over 1.3 million Twitter followers. Erm, slight problem: most
of them are fake. Update: A
100,000 are real, live human beings. That means that 92% of his
followers are fake.
*Sigh*! Another centrist,
between-both-camps, above-it-all Ombudsman for the WaPo. Jennifer
blogged that the slaughter in Norway was due to al Qaeda
(Patrick Pexton, the ombudsman, says he thought much the same thing
right off the bat, but thinking and writing are two different things),
it was quickly revealed that the culprit was a blonde, blue-eyed
Norwegian. Rubin could have corrected her post, but her religious
beliefs insisted that she not work during those hours. This
then, an editorial
dereliction of duty, not so much a writer's
dereliction. Anyway, the reason lefty bloggers reached such a hasty
judgment is because there's just too much technology involved in
blogging and stuff happens so quickly.
"Cat Food Commission
the unofficial name for Harry Reid's latest
brainstorm. Horrible, horrible
As the debt "crisis"
continues on and on and it begins to approach actually being a real
crisis, columnist Paul
Krugman points to the ridiculous notion that the two
"balance" one another, as though right and left
were the same and were simply arguing over details. Nonsense! Tea
extremists who want deep and drastic
who gets hurt or how the American credit rating suffers. [Newsbusters quotes
accurately, but doesn't appear to understand his
statements, accusing Krugman of advocating censorship, which he hasn't
done at all.] Very,
interesting view that the credit-rating agencies that gave
ratings to the lousy mortgages that were behind the housing bubble are
now threatening to lower America's credit rating. Speaker John Boehner,
proving that he's
in living memory, prepares a third
version of a bill that will be DOA in the Senate.
Biblical Literalist / Intelligent Design guy issues "debunking"
After leaping to the
not-initially unreasonable conclusion that the mass killings in Norway
were caused by Muslim extremists, anti-Muslim bloggers are now
they've so reviled and condemned when people have tried to apply that
sort of analysis to Hamas and other Muslim groups.
at the similarities between 1780s
France and the US today.
FAA partially shuts
cannot collect taxes on flight tickets, do the airlines lower prices to
reflect that fact? Ha, ha, ha! Of
not. One more right-wing theory blown to crap.
Anders Breivik is being held for bombings
shootings in Oslo which left 95 dead. Right wing in
US (Including in Washington
accuse al Qaeda, incorrectly,
of Breivik's views.
decides that he's
thing. Don't think people will agree with him for
very long. Unfortunately, Blue Dog Democrats agree
him right now. Theirs is an extremely short-range view that's
guaranteed to be forgotten by late 2012.
A bit of sunlight
out from behind the clouds on the debt-ceiling fight, but overall, a
Heh! Senator Al
right-winger by reading the source material better than the
Yeah, I agree with this.
never saw Rupert Murdoch as being a careless, hands-off manager. Come
to think of it, I never accepted Reagan's word for it that he was
ignorant of Iran-Contra,
I just can't come up
explanation for how the President is dealing
with the debt "crisis" with the Republicans /Tea Partiers.
cosequences of failing to tend
infrastructure could be quite serious. And sorry,
but the WaPo's Jeff Greenfield really
it. this is not
a "pox on both your houses" situation. Only one party is
default if its demands aren't met.
Good update on the Boat
Gaza and the self-inflicted PR black eye that Israel, the
and the US have dealt themselves.
Problem with the
debt-ceiling debate is that I
side. The President's desire to whack
huge chunks out of the social safety net is not much better than that
Republicans. As I said, tell me when we have somebody
in this fight.
Rupert Murdoch's media empire starts
apart. So very pleasant seeing
coming to a bad
Funny thing, but the
Minortity Leader, Mitch McConnell, doesn't
respect for the actual workings of democracy.
Big surprise (not).
abused by a "union
A local columnist
Iraq with apprehension towards the future. Sorry, but
can't agree that the US needs to pour still more money into
Boat to Gaza effort has pretty much been defeated. Here are the links:
US Boat to Gaza Twitter feed.
The Greek coast guards & commandos have prevented the US Boat
sailing to Gaza.
. Marlene Santoyo's sample letter
to various officials.
Good new! Boat's
Greek time today (Jul 12th), the shore electricity was
off to the Audacity of Hope
, the U.S. Boat to
us with no power. The boat has been imprisoned at the US Embassy/ Greek
Coast Guard dock.
Infuriating to be
the debt negotiations! Who's out there representing regular
empire (Fox News, NY Daily News, numerous
British and Australian publications, etc) is in very big trouble!
The 168-year old News
of the World will
closed in a few days. The investigation of the phone hacking
scandal was botched
and it doesn't look like they're at the bottom of it yet. In fact, it's
looking a whole
lot like Watergate. The essential "nut" of the story is that
13-year old girl was murdered in 2002. The Murdoch employees hacked
into her cell phone and deleted
phone, leading her family to believe she was
Very happy to see this.
Very good points
Right-wingers have insisted that if the government controls too much of
the GNP, that that leaves too little left over for private investment
and therefore, poverty. Not
quite. Englands' government during the 1700s controlled up to
of the English economy and they seem to have turned out fine.
Rundown on situation with negotiations
Extremely sad to
read about how
incredibly lazy and derelict the NY Times was in a story
Andrew Breitbart. C'mon people! You know
that Breitbart's the sleaziest of liars! Why do you fall for
American captain of US
Gaza arrested by Greek coast guard enforcing Israel's illegal siege of
to US Boat to Gaza.
Huh! Gee, ya think
getting a little defensive about having blithering, ditzy
spokespeople such as Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann? Includes a Fox
News segment where women complain that media criticisms that are about historical
cleverly-disguised atttacks on conservative women.
Good speech by the
President, but as FireDogLake points out, very
late. The idea that America is in some sort of
acute economic crisis that can only be solved via massive spending cuts
has already taken root and has turned into Conventional Wisdom. As
Minority Leader in 2005 dealing with G.W. Bush's desire to privatize
Social Security, Nancy Pelosi adopted the phrase "There. Is. No.
Crisis." There was absolutely no need to adopt panicked, hurried
measures. Obama could have taken that stance from the beginning, but
instead helped to arrange the Cat
Commission, which convinced people that there was indeed a
crisis (I don't agree with the piece at the link when Klein claims
liberals were complacent about the Commission being dissolved. I
believe Obama paid it vastly too much credibility, but the rest of the
piece is good).
Cost of wars in
Afghanistan and Pakistan around
Yep, poor ol' Glenn
Beck is about
his last Fox News TV show. Let's hear it now:
with Howard Stern, Beck will probably disappear into something like Sirius XM and no
one will ever
hear from him again.
Looks like a pretty
thing that Michelle Bachmann is the
likely to face Obama in 2012.
Yippee! It's a
passed in New York State! Right-wingers very
sad about that.
WaPo writers are just
sad that Americans want to pull our troops out of
of Obama's speech.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas continue. Representative Chris
Murphy (D-CT) asks whether
investigation. Thomas has ties to
right-wing funders that have still not been explained and evidence that
he has received many very expensive gifts is troubling. Question: Does
America have a late Roman justice system where some are considered
above the law or does America still have a system where the law is
supreme and is enforced whether or not the defendent is wealthy or
Reason #546,873 as
to why I
think NJ Governor Chris Christie (R) is a complete piece of
Constituent asks him if he sends his kids to private school (He does),
in other words, does
causing to ordinary folks by cutting
education funding for public schools? “Her point is completely
ridiculous,” Chrisitie snapped, calling the woman “nonsensical.”
Rick Santorum denies
reality of Global Warming (No, he doesn't have any background
in science), so of course Glenn Beck finds his denial completely
Cantor ditches on deficit talks (Democrats want $400
billion in new taxes to offset $2 trillion in cuts) because
rich sponsors might
have to pay a bit extra in taxes.
A litte while ago, I
exchange with a right-winger who had written
fraud. He provided a number of
documents asserting there was extensive registration fraud, with
undocumented immigrants getting improperly registered and then voting
as legitimate voters. The Brennan Center takes
issue with that assertion, showing in their point #4 that
registration fraud is a hugely overblown "problem."
played by the shrieking deficit scolds who insisted that the
deficit was the most
evuh and now that it's too late to do much about it,
have switched to criticizing Obama over the lack of jobs.
Not only have
bill to reduce funding to progams for lower-income women
and children, but they're also decided not to increase funding for a
commodity market watchdog agency. So, now America can't keep an eye on
the oil market.
Very serious problem
Cole (An anti-war critic, who was making use of exclusively
open-source information, was surveilled and apparently smeared behind
his back). G.W. Bush was pursuing very extensive and warrantless
Cole? How many other
people were illegally spied
upon and smeared behind their backs?
corps continues to confound and
amaze! Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a weekly press
conference and when it was clear she had nothing to say about the
Anthony Weiner case, three
stations disconected!!! Never mind the fact that
Republican majority has
charge for 163 days and still
produced a jobs bill! No-o-o-o, that's boring! Much more
exciting to talk
about a sexting scandal!
Good summary of
energy situation. It's
serious and getting worse. We need action yesterday!
Larry Summers writes
piece on the economy. It's very late, could have used it two
years ago, but hey, we'll take it! And Obama had better take it fast as
Romney is showing no
shame about being on the other side from the job
Yeah, I remember this
story from back in 2003. Billions of dollars in straight cash
to Iraq without any accountability involved. Not surprisingly, the
money is untraceable at this point.
Problem with Mitt
being the candidate who can create jobs as president: A review of his
talent. Heck, he spent a tremendous amount of time
destroying and outsourcing jobs.
According to The
Report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a substantial number
of banksters are liable for prosection. Why
Matt Drudge has been
previewing upcoming attractions from the right wing blogosphere this
summer by collecting stories of African-Americans being bad. Drudge's
new fans, the Council
notice and vigorously approves.
A few years back,
Coulter commented on the 9-11 Widows. I never believed that the idea of
doing so was original to her (Though I don't think she objected to
being a lightning rod for criticism). Now she's attacking the
of the Kent State shootings of 1970. Again, there are people
other side of the issue who are being overshadowed by Coulter's
Placed a comment on Newsvine
about businessmen being good politicians. Not sure it got much
attention. No comments or recommendations on it.
*Sigh!* What would
world look like? The blogger Jared Bernstein is a former
advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. He felt he could do the country
more good now as a blogger.
The defeat of Dawn
Johnsen's nomination for a position in the Office of Legal
was an early warning sign that the nomination process was badly broken.
She speaks and tells us that no one really disagreed with her position
on torture, Republican Senators opposed her for office simply because
they were trying to gum up the works and slow things down.
hatred of Elizabeth Warren that Republicans and financial people have
expressed towards her is
puzzling. Isn't it theoretically necessary for
customers in a capitalist economy to be well-informed? Isn't it bad for
customers to feel vulnerable and easily taken advantage of? What
exactly is the problem, here?
people to support Glenn Beck's "Restoring Courage" rally to
held in Jerusalem. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) endorses it!
To which Palin responds (Gee, whatta surprise!) "Take
back!!!" to which the aide sorta, kinda walks it back.
Weiner (D-NY) has confessed that he
indeed send lewd photos of himself to a young woman. Andrew
conference to claim that he had been unfairly maligned.
up on any hopes of reviving the economy, dooming
several million Americans to joblessness.
Very sad to see that
Nobel Prize-winning economist was waiting since April 2010 to be
confirmed for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. He
home, seeing as Republicans are
determined not to confirm him. The nomination and confirmation process
is clearly broken and desperately needs to be fixed.
*Sigh!* Sarah Palin
history really, REALLY wrong! ThinkProgress has the detailed
corrections. Good comments
No, sorry, wrong
There never was a "Bin
Decade." G.W. Bush wanted
launch the Iraq War long before 9-11 and 9-11 was
pretext for Bush's warrantless surveillance. 9-11
and Osama bin Laden didn't cause either decision to be made.
Heh! Poor Glenn
leaving Fox News. Usually, when a show terminates, old fans tune in
again to see it off. Not this
Color of Change figures their boycott of his show cost Fox News $43
the economists who agree with him shouldn't
Sorry, but I don't
hear anthing more about right-wingers being "fiscal conservatives."
Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, took
game and then used a limousine
to carry him a hundred yards to his seat. Please don't insult
intelligence by telling me that Republicans care about the public
Wow! Common sense is
breaking out all over! Gotta love it! Fred Phelp's Westboror Baptist
liberal than the Ku Klux Klan! And "The
recognizes that the Paul Ryan plan to wipe out Medicare is
"a death wish" for the Republican Party. More of this, please!
Mitch McConnell thinks Elizabeth Warren and her
agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,
"a serious threat to our financial system." Well, they're a serious
threat to the privileges of his buddies, the bankers and executives who
ran amok under the Bush Administration and who practically toppled the
world economy. Are they a threat to anybody else? Not so
Yeah, uh, Chuck Todd
announcees that the Republican race for the presidential nomination is the
evuh!!!1!!1 Good grief! I'd love to say that
he was simply a clueless nitwit, but then we have statements
King, after citing some truly
important and serious stories) "But, first up, like it or not, she's
back." "There is no question Governor Palin is a master of media
manipulation." Uh, no guys, she isn't. What you are is a bunch
piece on the Republican failure to create jobs.
Couple of problems, of course. He confuses deficit reduction with
job-creating policies and seems to be unawae that merely moving money
from the less-wealthy to the more-wealthy is a major jobs-killer.
re-passes for another
Opposition was completely steam-rolled.
Rick Santorum doubles down
his assertion that, because McCain was actually, y'know, tortured, that
well, McCain isn't
necessarily an expert on the
subject of torture. Santorum, on the other hand has (Yup, real quote
here) "read a
lot of articles" on the subject and even though the CIA Director had actually gotten all of the
on the subjec of bin Laden, the Director doesn't necessarily
know as much as
election in New York! Kathleen Hochel stomps
Republican opponent in a usually-Republican district by emphasizing the
threat that the Paul Ryan plan poses to the medical care of senior
citizens, even though Karl Rove attempted
suggest that a ticket-splitter was the culprit. Ryan
denies that his plan is to blame for the loss. Problem is,
momentum, indicating that she would have won a
two-way contest in any event.
Update: 40 Republican Senators and no Democrats voted
adopt the Ryan plan.
Kind of amazing how
Republicans think it's perfectly okay for
services but somehow it's
not okay for regular citizens to get the same deal.
A right-winger feels
the US should break our 2008 agreement to get out of Iraq, but
reasons that weren't obviouss back then. Will
Iran be in a stronger position? Sure. Will the US investment be a
waste? Yeah. But we knew all that back in 2008.
Tea Party people by saying they're non-violent and that no one in their
group ever showed any signs of violence. Well, a
challenged Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-WN) to a
debate on the Constitution and is now getting death threats, rape
threats, people calling her a whore, etc., etc.
A look at the
institute private, for-profit schools. It's
all. It's engine is the money supplied
by millionaires and billionaires, there is little or no public energy
behind it and there are no public constituencies pressing for it. .
Provisions of the
soon. Let's make the early 2000s a time that
Americans can look back on as "a time when America went
Let's lobby Cogress to let those provisions expire.
In December 2000,
Supreme Court shocked Americans by suddenly
intervening in the election results in Florida and declaring
Bush as the winner. Triumphant Republicans soon accused bitter and
complaining Democrats of suffering from BDS, i.e., "Bush Derangement
Syndrome." Well, now the shoe is on the other foot for at least a
subset of Republicans as the Washington Times declares that Osama bin
by recording a speech praising the Arab
Spring. Slight problem with the idea of al Qaeda manuevering
to align itself with the Arab Spring is that the two movements have
absolutely nothing in common. Al Qaeda is a movement that concentrates
military-style assaults put together by a small, tight, secretive band
co-conspirators. The Arab Spring is a non-violent, open-source,
democratic and participatory movement. It takes a devoted sufferer of
Obama Derangement Syndrome to say what the Washington Times said.
Daniels (R - G.W. Bush's former Budget Director) thinks
Wisconsin Republican U.S.
Paul Ryan's proposal to restructure Medicare and cut social safety-net
programs is a good start, but even more needs to be done.
US reaches debt
What does President Obama intend to do about it? Unfortunately, he
ceiling to achieve some agenda of his
own. Fortunately, financial
convinced that a deal will be made. We certainly hope
they're right about that.
Wow! Just...wow! In
world, Rick Santorum would have just completely
chance to ever
be taken seriously.
He esentially claimed that neither the CIA Director nor John McCain
(Who was tortured in Vietnam) knew as much as he does about
effects of torture (Santorum's career is
he went into law, then politics. He has no experience with the military
or any other field that would educate him on that issue). As it is? Eh,
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
suggests that the country would
off without the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
MATTHEWS: Right. The guy who
bar says, no blacks allowed, you say that’s fine. … This was a local
shop saying no blacks allowed. You say that should be
ancient history. That’s ancient history. That’s over and
with. [...] [emphasis in original]
First, it's history that's well
memory for many millions of Americans. It isn't
really "ancient" if people are around who can still recall those
days. Second, why
those days "over and done with"? Yup, because
the Civil Rights Act was passed and enforced. That era did not
spontaneously or naturally end. That era ended because progressives forced it to end!
Wow! A right-winger quotes
“turn the other cheek,”
your enemies,” “pray for those who persecute you”...
Okay, but then
these passages of Holy Scripture out of context...
Whuuh?!?!? What, pray tell, is this "context" he speaks of?
Oh...okay...I get it.
Liberals will never be
until they turn America into a nation of PETA-loving, vegetable-eating
So our right-winger has never actually comprehended the Bible at all.
That explains the "out of context" remark.
Does the Obama
Administration continue to plan on a withdrawal from Afghanistan in
but the withdrawal only involves 10% of the official force.
Contractors amd coalition forces will be untouched.
to fail to make the case that torture is, was or ever will be
It's very nice to
from President Obama that he's all fired up and enthusiastic about
defending Social Security, but if that's true, why
Commission?!?!? Hell, for
that matter, why was the Commission supported by Obama in the first
Excellent piece on
voters that makes the case that very minimal numbers of people actually
swing from party to party. Mostly,
home while politicians make
up their mind as to how robustly they'll defend core party principles.
fact-check Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius' comments concerning Rep. Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare.
Problem: the WaPo fact-checkers are very severely biased and appear to
have an extraordinary faith in the magical power of free markets to
overcome all problems and deliver good services.
No, sorry, but
National Security Adviser / Secretary of State Rice is wrong. Iraq
"threat," it was a "problem." The invasion in
2003 was completely unnnecessary. Rice compares Libya today with Iraq
yesterday. Problem is, the countries in the area were opposed to
invading Iraq and were not opposed to invading Libya. In Libya, there
was a real and active opposition movement. In Iraq, there was not.
Y'know, it's funny,
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was so very deeply convinced of his plan's
read this piece by Alfred McCoy on the efficacy of
details how both KSM and al-Libi knew who OBL's courier was, but
"neither of them revealed that information to the CIA." KSM also used
KSM: I make up stories
location UBL. Where is he? I don’t know. Then he torture me. Then I
said yes, he is in this area or this is al Qaida which I don’t him. I
say no. They torture me.
Torture is, was and always will be worthless for gathering information.
It's never been a useful tool and serves only to make morally corrupt
people like G.W. Bush feel powerful and in control. BTW, Bush is terribly
upset that Obama isn't giving him any credit for getting OBL.
Update: Ann Coulter weighs
assist the finding of bin Laden.
Reaction to death of
bin Laden: Torturers are trying desperately to claim that torture
played some positive role. Erm, not
much. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says:
unit in 2005.
Right-wingers are screaming and yelling and gnashing their teeth about
Obama's Ground Zero appearance being a "Political
Lap." Keith Olbermann points out that the death of bin Laden really
damage to the idea that Democrats can't be effective in
fighting the War on Terror.
hearings on the deficit-reduction strateges of the "Gang of Six" (Three
extreme, hard-core Republicans, two right-wing Democrats and one
liberal Democrat) tomorrow. The liberal has been quiet, but one of the
coonservative Democrats has
plan, a plan that looks
a whole lot like the plan of
the Cat Food Commission. Democrats are beginning negotiations in a very
Well, well, well!
Laden is now officially
(9-11 Truthers have long claimed bin Laden was
killed quite some time ago) Birth certificate sillliness
petty now. And yes, Pakistan played
role in getting bin Laden.
if he becomes President, that he'll
OPEC to keep their prices down. Erm, slight problem with
that plan. G.W. Bush
it, repeatedly, and it was a complete, absolute, utter,
Similar to abortion and
social issues, climate change has become a partisan issue, with liberals
, and conservatives denying it.
Serious problem with
General Petraeus taking over the CIA, that would put him charge of evaluating
program. That's an extremely serious, built-in conflict
Wow, gee, this is
Boy, I never
seen this one coming. I kid, of course, everybody and his
brother and Aunt
Margaret and even little Suzy, saw it coming. SB 1070 has hurt
threatens to renounce US citizenship?!?! The Weekly Standard
This is just a truly insane
The press refused to
issue [President Obama's birth certificate] with the same investigative
drive with which they did investigated
First off, the press investigated Bush's "missteps" in Iraq?!?!?
Really? When did that
Second - are they really,
comparing an investigation of
a BJ between two consenting adults to Watergate?!?!?!
tha General Petraeus may
moved to head the CIA. His tenure on Afghanistan will now be
seen as just anothe item on his resume rather than as a career-killing
President Obama releases
long-form birth certificate. What's that? *Gasp*! What a shock!
commentary on whole situation.
Interesting piece on
Palin as the media juggernaut of yore. Her mistakes appear
to be two big ones. 1. She depended almost entirely on Fox News to
communicate with the public and 2. She ticked of Roger Ailes (President
of Fox News) by running the "blood
libel" spot after he advised her not to. Kind of interesting
focus after her remarkably poorly-chosen remark was toward
political left. Oops! Eh, good riddance!
much evidence that anybody in Washington DC truly
avoid using the debt ceiling battle to cut
Cheerful news on
Bradley Manning, he's been moved to Fort Leavenworth and several
officials have anonymously admitted that he was mistreated in the
Quantico brig, but even better, this shows the power of the liberal
blogs to bring an issue all
President has to deal with it. It's also a
whole lot of fun to see the President having to deal with a pro-Manning
protest at his fundraiser (Protesters had to pay $5k each to
into the fundraiser).
Budget, which "basically just ends the wars, ends the Bush
cuts, and reduces unemployment" is finally
up by traditional media outlets, a week
after it was introduced. What's truly amazing, though, is to
the really outlandish,
impressed press corps praising the Rep. Paul
My respect for House
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi increases:
Pelosi’s picks for the
talks make the meeting “look silly” because Van Hollen and Clyburn “are
just going to do what Pelosi wants, and she’s not interested in compromise.”
Woo hoo! We has us a leader!!! We've had far too much compromise
Democratic side as it is. Republicans hav said
"No" to any sort of tax increase, which means there's nothing to
about this. Oil companies said over and over in 2002 that they had no
interest in Iraqi oil. Erm,
actually. Seems BP actually signed contracts with the
British government for millions of barrels of oil.
One problem with the
of tossing everybody onto the tender mercies of the free market for
their end-of-life health care is that it's
cash by older folks, who then might
have to spend it all just taking care of themselves. An economically
similar situation happened with slavery in the American South. Slaves
had to save every penny for years in order to buy their freedom from
their masters. This locked up large quantities of cash that otherwise
would have been circulating and made the South a good deal poorer than
it would have been otherwise.
NY Times columnist
Krugman puts out a truly
column, saying that no, we can't
expect our politicans to
simply sit down and work out their differencs and arrive at a
compromise. The differences between the parties are broad and deep and
are not subject to being quickly and easily resolved.
tolerate Republican attempts to threaten to default
on the national debt.
speech - good, but not great. Takes some good
overdue. Disturbing to see that Obama is ready to
bargain away government spending and to attack House Minority Leader
hand against Republicans. He appears to
want to be the Democrats' leftmost voice, but appers to be setting up
the Erskine Bowles-Alan Simpson (Former Cat
Commission members) recommendations as a baseline against
which his own plan can compete and be judged.
piece on the rebellion in Libya. Is it about oil
Poor President Obama
can't win for
losing! Politco gives him very confused advice that's just
the place and then criticizes him when he does his level best to take
Oh, and there's no
worry about the movie Atlas
Shrugged ever becoming culturally significant. Production
too low for that to
be a concern.
speech by the President on the budget
deficit. Whacked Rep. Paul Ryan's plan (Woo-hoo!) and
problem, but essentially played
safe without recommending new
taxes. Sharp difference as Speaker Boehner explicitly
disagrees. Boehner likes the Ryan plan and doesn't think
goes far enough to cut spending. Keep in mind during all this how
faring in Britain. Valuable presective to have as
Republicans are trying to do same thing here.
Rush Limbagh comes
uh, an interesting
theory. [Media Matters headline]
Idea That Tax Cuts Must Be Paid For Is "Communist Talk," The "Kind Of
Thinking That Gets Us $14 Trillion As A National Debt." His words: "It
doesn't take $3.7 trillion to run this government."
known as "pedantry," picking away at really small words
and concepts and getting super-fussy about them. Were the Roman
Catholic priests accused of being pedophiles really "just" raping young
teens or were they molesting children? Was there actual penetration of
just rubbing? Seriously guys, is this the best you've got?
not shut down (For now at least). If the Republicans and
had just held a football match, the game went from the 50-yard line
back to the 10-yard
line on the Democratic side. The other side didn't get a
but Democrats lost a lot
State Supreme Court
election in Wisconsin thrown
doubt by very highly questionable "discovery" of just enough
votes to not only let the Republican win, but to prevent a
state-subsidized recount. And yeah:
… a powerful band of
appointees [who] waited like the strategic reserves of an embattled
between the Confederate
Republican Party and Democrats/old-time Republican
Good piece on the long-term
A review of Rep.
Ryans' "Path to Prosperity." Back in the days of paper books, the
phrase would have been "They
shutdown looks closer
And keep in mind that a shutdown requires that the government must
money to do so properly.
Woo hoo! Glenn Beck
Tim Kaine quits
as head of DNC. Meh. He did so little in that position, I
anyone will miss him. The 2010 midterms are nothing to brag about. Ooh!
Wassserman Schultz is taking over!
Daily Kos is keeping
log of how the nuclear power plant crisis in Japan that was
initiated by the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March is going. BBC
round-up page. Russia
round-up page. Amazingly
footage of city being flooded. Extremely cool, amazingly
Government shutdown seems
assured. Democrats don't
idea as to how to negotiate. Oh, and Rep.
Paul Ryan's (R-WI) economic plan is completely
insane. Ryan should
zero credibility on economics, but the media has
done such a
lousy job of examining his lack of expertise, he gets a free
Eigth anniversary of
War. Protest over treatment of Bradley
So how's the war in
going? Er, well, um, not
Megyn Kelly is one of the Fox News "News Division" people that
allegedly puts out objective news versus partisan nonsense. Kelly
enthusiastically flogged the non-scandal of the New Black
Party last summer. Now that the story has been utterly discredited? You
guesed it! She's completely ignoring it!
Why, why, why
is Alan Greenspan running around making pronouncements as though he had
whatsoever?!?!? Yeah, the phrase "With notably rare
exceptions..." is a shoo-in
for Internet immortality.
BigGovernment site confesses
enthusiasm for corporate donors to flood Wisconsin
with money in order to defeat an election that "threatens" to express
the "buyers remorse" of Wisconsin citizens in electing Governor Walker
in the first place.
billion last year, $5.2 of that came from the US. How muc did they pay
in taxes? Zilch.
The sheer chutzpah
just amazing. The Republican Party of Wisconsin wants
professor who dares to critcize
them. They're presenting themselves as
people making a legitimate request.
to deny Food Stamp assistance to entire families if
strike. There are currently
42 million Americans on Food Stamps.
So it was a year ago
that the Affordable Care Act and hey, right-wingers made lots
and lots of
predictions as to what would happen. How
did those predictions work out? Erm, not so hot, actually.
partiers and GOP. The two groups just
eye-to-eye on the budget. Tea parties are completely and
utterly deluded, Republicans have some
common sense. Even
more conflicts on the right! Glenn Beck and Fox News are now
clearly fighting, with corporate big shots from Fox News weighing in on
how little they respect Beck and Beck talking about starting his own
show. Interesting piece from American Conservative that
that libertarianism is just the right
equivalent of Marxism.
ACLU gains a victory
fight against warrantlesss surveillance. The
problem as no one could prove that
the surveillance took place. By focuing on overseas clients who can no
longer trust their telephone calls or email and who therefore have to
make expensive trips, standing now applies and the ACLU has reason to
Ginni Thomas (Wife
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas) gets
job with The Daily Caller, a conservative news website. Not
the blatant conflict of interest that she had working for the Heritage
UN declares that it
establish a "No-Fly Zone" over Libya. Libya responds
by ceasing hostilities.
There's actually good reason to think that the US
revolutionaries and might be trying for another
It'd be nice to
jobs. Problem is that there appears to be a real
disconnect between rhetoric
on jobs and
actually allocating money
to get jobs created.
Budget austerity gets
insane when it's carried too far. Tea Party, of
An extremely good
James O'Keefe is known well by the blog world as someone who's very
dishonest and who makes highly edited, deceptive videos. Problem is,
readers of NPR don't know that as NPR has tried so hard to be
"fair," they simply
haven't made any
criticisms of O'Keefe at all!
underplays the debunking of O'Keefe's videos after running
pieces on what was "revealed" by the videos.
The press corps
more closely at the polls. It's
public, it's jobs! The
President and the Democratic Party are giving far too much
credibility to the
deficit scolds and not
to what really
move and strip unions of bargaining rights.
Wisconsin State Senator says fight
unions is "absolutely" about 2012. The idea is to "defund
As with the Shirley
case, what we've seen in NPRs reaction to the hidden camera lunchtime
interview of National Public Radio’s Senior VP Ron Schiller
Senior Director of Giving Betsy Liley, is just an absolutely
reaction to what was a pretty
innocuous talk by Schiller. What was conspicuously
missing from the "sting" video was any indication as to
Schiller's views translated into NPRs coverage
of the news. BTW, NPR
refused the purported $5 million donation because they
confirm that the "Muslims" were really who they said they were.
A few good
items on economic matters.
From Bill Perry of DVVFA:
Why VFP I/P members should fly EAST for March 19 & 20...
We have our annual Commemoration of SHOCK & AWE, on
M-19, and a FREE BRAD MANNING Rally, @Quantico Marine Base, on M-20
touting his possible candidacy for the presidency is getting an
next after Wisconsin? Pennsylvania's new Governor is using
that sounds suspiciously similar to WI Governor Scott Walkers'.
Actually, the battle in Wisconsin has
effect on the left. The economist Dean
Baker shows that union pension funds are
Excellent warning about the dangers
privatization, especially when it involves
infrastructure. Once again, our President and other senior Democrats
demonsrate that they simply
effectively. Excellent piece on the Tea Party and
relationship to Prohibition.
well at all. Big protest planned for next
Governer Walker of
Wisconsin is getting dreadful polling numbers. Unions
winning the PR battle. Republicans in Wisconsin are
rock and a hard place. Jon Stewart does
job covering Republican hypocrisy on teacher pay vs
money manager pay. Extra:
The treatment of
Bradley Manning, with
approaching the tortures of Abu Ghraib in sheer
CNN enables several
oppressed in their victimhood. This is just a
example of how
this whole "He said, she said" nonsense works out in Establishment
media articles. By refusing to include a narrative voice that has any
real values, the piece just becomes a vehicle for propaganda.
Yee-hah! Now we're cookin'! Wisconsin
petitions for eight Republican State
Senators. Getting just three of them replaced by Democrats would turn
the Wisconsin State Senate over to the Democrats.
Court rules that Westboro Baptist Church has
right to protest at funerals.
It all becomes clear
Governor Walker's two-year budget for the State of Wisconsin balances
Republicans could harm the
state employee unions.
Capitol is currently on "lock down" with
only employees, officers, and members of media being allowed in.
at 6:00pm 28
Here's some positive news!
is currently a "tent city" forming around
the capitol!! Bring your tents and hot chocolate!!
The struggle continues.
A blogger reports
so. Howard Kurtz, the WaPo/CNN media critic and buddies,
tries to make it sound as though they were wise to James O'Keefe at the
time. They weren't. They swallowed the story of O'Keefe and his ACORN
"sting" videos as though they revealed something meaningful about
ACORN. All they revealed was that ACORN had some stupid people on their
Clarence Thomas' explanation as to why
failed to report that his wife was working for the Heritage
Foundation for five years (earning her $136,000 annually). Sorry, wrong
answer, no deal, impeach him!
protesters were supposed
leave the Capitol building in Madison, WI, but "There are
hundreds of people still in the Capitol..."
David Koch and Rupert Murdoch. Details on the alliance between the
billionaire funder and the fellow in charge of Fox News/The Wall Street
*Sigh!* No, no, no
*exasperated sigh,* you just don't understand!!! Republicans aren't
opposed to contraceptives, they're
Discussing the shock
doctrine and how it relates to Wisconsin.
round-up on news
Libya, including excerpts from Gaddafi's / Gadhafi's speech.
UN and US reaction.
When one is looking
villains in the housing bubble, it might be best
those who benefited from it.
Ah, poor Joe Klein! Still
confused about what side he's supposed to be on!
Very pleased to see
fellow service members do
right thing and to welcome gays into their ranks. Marine
Commandant, General James Amos says: “...everyone said, ‘Sir, we got
going to do this thing.‘”
Libyan dictator opens
peaceful protesters with heavy weapons. Bahrain is firing
on protesters as well. Villager Joe Klein completely
misunderstands what the protest in Wisconsin is all about. Experts
explain protest in Wisconsin.
People, please! This continued
coverage of Sarah Palin is just ridiculous. For Newsday to devote
stories with photos galore to Palin, while consigning the protests in
Wisconsin and Ohio to page 30 is just an obscene
resources. Palin's reputation should take a further hit as she
revealed that "I hate this damn job" shortly before quitting
Governorship of Alaska partway through her only term. Rick
Santorum recently clashed with Palin, but it's not
lost that battle as he got CPAC to toss out
anyone who supports gay marriage equality.
Glenn Beck covers
Planned Parenthood "sting" (They caught a grand total of one idiot saying
funny, but Beck, uh, forgot
include the rather
fact that PP promptly reported the people who were pretending to be
asking advice on doing something illegal.
And again, on
fiscal situation, there
Update: Rachel Maddow defines
Wisconsin as being entirely, 100% political. The fight
to do with
A year and a half
warned that the government was tracking the purchasers of
hydrogen peroxide, a beauty product. Sure enough, the government has
confirmed that yes, it's tracking those who purchase exactly that.
Wisconsin has threatened to eliminate collective bargaining for the
state's 175,000 employees. February 15th, an
up to make their voices heard in
the capitol. Very cheerful and inspiring piece!
Update: Wisconsin state Senators have
out to deny the budget committee a quorum. And as with the
US federal budget deficit, there
Bahrain is heating
reporter Lara Logan of CBS News was assaulted
Egypt and was repeatedly and viciously sexually
Update: And of course, *sigh*, we get
questioning whether or not Logan was really raped or
Member of the
traditional press corps "goes there" and takes
fact that Speaker Boehner is unconcerned about the
likely effects on regular citizens of a government shutdown.
Yup! I'll endorse
slogan for the new Repulican effort on the economy should be named "Eat
Wow! A Fox News
comes out full
force against Social Security, claiming "We don't need it."
So, it's been a full
since the Battle
Marjah was launched to great fanfare and many heart-warming
predictions of success. How's that workin' out for ya? Erm, uh, not
According to the
Safety Office, in Helmand Province, in which Marjah is located, the
number of attacks by insurgents in spiked from 620 in 2009 to 1387 in
2010, a 124-percent increase [pdf
In short, over the
which the U.S. was pursuing its escalated military strategy, the
insurgency got larger, smarter and more radical.
Latest BS talking
points from the deficit scolds.
After 29 appearances
Sunday Morning talk shows like Face
The Nation in two years, it's
clear why John McCain is such a sought-after guest
who's in such high demand. It's not that he's influencing policy and
it's not like he has any real expertise.
Egypt. Very interesting to see that former Bush Administration offcial
considers some countries to be "not
ready for democracy."
Credit where credit
is due. It
almost two months, but Glenn Beck promised that if he did a
Wilmington, OH, that Wilmington would profit from his show there. The
Beck fans who came to Wilmington were about 2,000 as opposed to 20,000
and he personally earned $32 million last year, but Wilmington
get nearly $45,000 from Beck
Woo hoo!!! Egypt is
celebrates as Mubarak resigns!! Mubarak
speech by our President on Egypt.
A computer security
Wikileaks by going after people in the left blogoshpere
who supported it.
Sorry, but Charles
wrong. The progressive support of democracy in Egypt has nothing in common
Bush's "Freedom Agenda." Bush wanted to have "democracy," but he wanted
to apply the condition that certain political parties would be
an all-or-nothing proposition. Progressives are in favor of democracy
for Egypt, period. Further
commentary on that.
Looks like some
people are seriously
case against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the
guy who just, uh, "forgot" to disclose the fact that his wife pulls in
a pretty substantial salary from right-wing organizations that have
business before the Court. This appears to be a case of very, very serious
conflicts of interest.
plan to cut back on te capabilities of the American
government in the name of deficit reduction. Oh, and NPR has decided to
lot with the budget-cutters.
Update: Uh. Mah. Gawd! The Tea Party guys aren't
satisfied with that!
party, but not from the Presidency. Not at all
clear what that means.
The Egyptian opposition has accomplised
and appearto be greasing the skids for
Mubarak's departure. Interesting
analogy between Mubarak/Egypt and an abusive husband/father
family that's finally had enough.
Don't usually have
for Bill Kristol, but
right that Glenn Beck's increasingly hysterical,
delusionary rants are hurting the Republican brand. BTW, it's an
extremely bad sign when the host of a program is absent and the ratings for
program remain constant. MMFA spokesperon Eric
Fox News isn't terribly interested in the Egyptian situation as there's
no connection to anyone domestically and there's no anti-Obama angle.
Chris Wallace proves
point by refusing to include Egypt in his Fox
News Sunday program.
Woo hoo! Caller to
Limbaugh's show demonstrates how
right-wingers about Reagan! Great stuff!
Good piece on how the
Reagan was created.
Time bomb hidden in
the anti-abortion bill that Congress wants to pass. The bill either asks
companies to drop abortion coverage or to
undergo big tax increase.
Have to say, I
really hard time understanding why BP hasn't
left, why the $20 billion they set
aside for damages hasn't been severaly drawn down yet.
More and more people
notice of Bradley Manning's extremely harsh terms of
confinement. The British are now being pressured to recognize Manning
British citizen and to take appropriate action.
The US Secretary of
Hillary Clinton, has described the Egyptian government as "stable."
Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei explains why this
in the health care fight where Republicans aren't
even pretending that their efforts to tweak the bill aren't also
intended to destroy it.
again for President.
But the half-way
concession - an
end to his rule months down the road - was immediately derided by
protesters massed in Cairo's main downtown square.
Hoo-wee! Glenn Beck is
losing it! The revolution in Egypt is Beck's seventh
Al Jazeera has been
Egypt, covering the rebellion there (During the night, they go to
regular programming) and will keep it going as long as the rebellion
is doing live-blogging and constant updates. they've
to ask Mubarak to step down. Mubarak sacks his
government. Erm, think he kinda misses the point. Egyptian citizens
to go. Egyptians seem
of the fellow who has ruled over them for 30 years and
wants to put his son into power so that he can step down.
Sarah Palin says
Soviet Union collapsed because
that began with Sputnik. Sorry,
but neither the space race nor missile defense had much to do with it.
In 1964, the US spent 2.9% of GDP on space exploration. In 1985, the
Soviet Union spent
or between 1.5 and 2.0 percnt of their GDP. This is hardly
enough of an
explain the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Here's some cheerful
Glenn Beck, whose show used to daily draw almost 3 million viewers just
a year ago, is
having trouble getting even 2.25 million
these days. What's
especially interesting is to see how much media attention he gets as
the leader of a "growing" (Tea Party) movement.
Clarence Thomas's wife Virginia has been employed by the Heritage
Foundation for the past 13 years at a total compensation of $690,000.
on his financial disclosure form!
FDLs Jane Hamsher
friend of Bradley Manning try
and run into serious interference.
Back when the
Senate convened, there was a strong expectation that Democrats would change
to water down the filibuster. Unfortuantely, Blue Dog
Democrats are dragging their feet and the media doesn't have any idea
what's going on.
*Sigh!* This is what
"victory" in Iraq looks
Aw-w-w-w! Poor, poor
Palin! Looks like her political career has hit its ceiling and she'll
as a presidential candidate. Interesting
Palin admitted "the
was used was crosshairs." And she said it was "not inappropriate" for
"a contract graphic artist" to take down the map when it became
Really? The artist took it down? I thought that she purchased or
commissioned the piece. Artists don't usually retain the rights to a
piece after it's been integrated into someone's advertisement/piece of
He hates us! He
hates us! Glenn Beck says "Philadelphia
" as it's an unsafe place to walk around in. Of course,
Philadelphia also kicked him off the air here, so there might be an
ulterior motive to say that.
Is the left just as
the right when it comes to uncivil behavior and violent political
Awwww! Well, grump
RNC Chairman Michael Steele to poke fun at anymore.
Reince Priebus is the new guy.
Glenn Beck has called upon Senators & Representatives to
of nonviolence and only 17 of them, very heavy
on Republicans, have done so. Of course, it doesn't apply to
eliminationalism, i.e., dehumanizing and blaming people in such a way
as to encourage people to kill them and it does
people who try to
make big changes in society.
I'm pretty much a
free-speech absolutist, but yeah, I'm
pretty comfortable with denying protesters
the right to
funerals. With the Westboro Baptist Church protesting at the funerals
of soldiers and saying that the soldiers were gays and therefore had it
coming, I don't think America would sacrifice much by saying funerals
are no-go areas for political protests.
South Carolina? I mean, SERIOUSLY!?
South Carolina gun manufacturer offers
with "You Lie!" serial numbers.
This piece really
with me as I've
that Reaganism ("Government is the problem") has hit
the end of its shelf life and should be tossed out like you'd toss out
moldy bread or rancid cabbage.
with David Koch, a Tea Party-supporting
billionaire. Comes away with some interesting quotes.
Giffords (D-AZ) gets
. Local right-wingers commenting on the Inky's piece are
that Sarah Palin and other Republicans are being
And no, banning hateful language is not
. The true
solution is to get right-wingers to voluntarily
cool down their language. Forcing
them to cool it down solves nothing.
Heh! Normally, it's
when people go back on their word and abandon old positions, but in
these cases, it's nothing but good! Darrell Issa walks
that Obama is "corrupt" to the point where the
word corrupt becomes meaningless, new Speaker Boehner engages in what
Hot Air calls "walkback
on earlier GOP pledges to reduce spending by $100
in the first year." Unfortunately, he's now walked back his walkback
and is determined to cut $100 billion. Where's he gonna find it? Who
I've been utterly
unimpressed with the theory of "original
" ever since I first heard it articulated by Judge
. And no, I didn't regard the rejection of his
application to be a Supreme Court Justice to have been even mildly
wrong. He would have made an awful
I think the term for that is "Dereliction of Duty." I also find it very
disturbing to see that he thinks a family vacation (He was in
Disneyworld during the post-Christmas blizzard that put much of the
state under snow) takes priority over the State of New Jersey.
Seems the Republican
has adopted "magical
" to address budget problems with.
It appears that
is finally wearing out her welcome. Even
is getting tired of her schtick. Now that she's come out
against First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign, people on
the right are saying "Wha-a-a?!?!?!"