Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Larry follows with the laundry list of missing O'Information-- and it is not even an exhaustive list-- but it's still quite a list.
You have been warned.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Charlotte Front and Center: North Carolina Banks Want Your Tax Dollars for Employee Bonuses: "...Last year, the North Carolina Banking commission paid out $500,000. in bonuses. Add in the factor of Wall Street paying their employees much the same as last year, while our government spends and makes budget cuts on jobs and services for the middle-class. This should make North Carolina citizens angry as well as all U.S. citizens.
The same people who helped cause this trouble want bonuses of 10%..."
Nader Accuses McAuliffe of Suppressing Votes - Virginia Politics -: "Consumer activist Ralph Nader accused Terry McAuliffe Thursday of orchestrating an effort to remove him from the presidential ballot in 2004 when McAuliffe was chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Nader said that McAuliffe offered him an unspecified amount of money to campaign in 31 states if Nader would agree to pull his campaign in 19 battleground states.
'When you get a call like that, first of all it's inappropriate,'' Nader said in an interview. 'The other thing is if you don't immediately say no, it's like taffy, you get stuck with it...'"
Note: This excerpt is from the New York Times, not the Smear-o Weekly.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
60% of her decisions were later overturned and apparently 95% of her judgements are in line with the corporate line. If she has a choice with siding with workers or with corporate entities, she sides with the corporations. That’s *not* what’s needed anymore. The power of corporations has to be broken, not strengthened with a Sotomajor pick.
The WSJ all but loves her which should be sending warning flags…
Liberals will be just as deceived by Obama’s SCOTUS picks as they were with him getting elected."
I hope we will see a critique based on something other than sex, but it looks like most of the opposition is just going down good old Smear Road.
More right wing hypocrisy here, with Huckabee leading the parade. Remember all that "the President won, he gets to pick" crap tossed around with Bert Aileto et. al. were parading about heading for the bench?
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
It's "Thank You" day in my house-- a day which I say thanks to all the veterans and from a veteran "Thank you, America" for giving me an opportunity to serve this great, if imperfect, country.
My dad, in the b&w photo, was a man that existed mostly to me as a mythic figure. I finally got to know him a little bit late in his life (that's a long story, involving the military, the VA, and nefarious relatives)and I have never met a more humble man, nor one more devoted to his country, though he didn't quite know what to do about me since for nearly his entire life I had been a toddler. He was man whose memories were trapped in amber, locked into a time during the war and shortly thereafter.
I'd also like to say thank you to everyone who offered support and prayers for my son while he was in Iraq. He's back now-- safe and sound, but now waiting for deployment to Afghanistan. I'm hoping he doesn't go but he says, "Dad, that's where the mission is," echoing words I spoke to my mother in 1965.
So, thank you, America, and thank you, veterans, for giving me America.
And so, in the absence of a celebrity death or a world-class police chase, those of us who lack the sense to unplug are doomed to spend our Memorial Day holiday witnessing endless recapitulations of last week's 'terror debate' between Barack Obama and Dick Cheney, even though everyone knows that confrontation was as phony as anything the WWF ever staged..."
Update: More from Gov. The Body:
"...You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders."
So says Navy SEAL, professional wrestling entertainer, star of "Predator" and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in an interview with Larry King. Ventura claims that waterboarding is torture, based on the waterboarding he endured during SEAL training..."
Excerpt from Grant Lawrence.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This weekend, the 2009 list came out. The top 10 includes a self-destructing palm, the longest insect, a tiny seahorse, the smallest snake, and caffeine-free coffee bean"...
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Cheney’s 9/11 Chutzpah : NO QUARTER: "I really do not understand how Dick Cheney, who helped dismantle the counterterrorism office in the National Security Council in the early days of the Bush Administration, can take credit for protecting America when he, by his own arrogance, ignored warnings of an impending attack by Bin Laden’s troops in August 2001. He can insist sternly and forcefully that he is more trustworthy than Barack Obama in knowing how to deal with terrorists but he can’t run from this one fact–MORE AMERICANS DIED FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS DURING THE REIGN OF GEORGE BUSH AND DICK CHENEY THAN DIED DURING THE PRESIDENCIES OF KENNEDY, JOHNSON, NIXON, FORD, CARTER, REAGAN, BUSH I AND CLINTON COMBINED..."
UPDATE 1-Obama signs law to reform Pentagon weapons buying | Industries | Industrials, Materials & Utilities | Reuters: "WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, seeking to end the schedule delays and cost overruns that plague U.S. defense spending, signed a law on Friday to reform the way the Pentagon purchases major weapons systems.
'As commander-in-chief, I will do whatever it takes to protect the American people,' Obama said at a White House signing ceremony. 'But I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of dollars to keep this nation secure...'"
Apple certainly hasn't gained anything from its humiliating app-off with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, who appropriately nailed the digital overlord for putting prissiness over common sense -- not to mention the artistic freedom it should be busy promoting rather than burying.
In a vivid demonstration that absurdity knows no bounds, Apple has now banned an e-book reader app, Eucalyptus, from its App Store because readers can download the Kama Sutra..."
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The attack on Anthony Warren took place in January 2008, but police video footage has only just been made public.
It was uncovered in March by prosecutors preparing a case against Warren for assaulting an officer, for which he was later convicted.
Officials said other officers had seen the video but never reported it..." Video here.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The move by Health Care for America Now has consequences for the debate on Capitol Hill, since health insurers have been working closely with lawmakers to find a compromise that would expand coverage and curb costs..."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
"Jesse "the Body" Ventura visited the View and shocked Elizabeth Hasselbeck by talking sense:
“If waterboarding is okay, why didn’t we waterboard [Timothy] McVeigh and [Terry] Nichols, the Oklahoma City bombers, to find out if there were more people involved? What’s your answer to that?” he asked. “We only seem to waterboard Muslims.”
“That’s an extremist statement,” said Hasselbeck..."
A setback? Surely, you jest. This gives Obama the perfect excuse, and the perfect fall guy--Congress, to not close Gitmo, and he gets off the hook for one of his campaign promises. "Setback" my, uh, seat.
Monday, May 18, 2009
That blogger would be liberal in name only, being a member of the He-Man Hillary Haters (and woman hater, in general, one presumes).
(Update: Jeez, how can a typo as bad as that header slip by you? Brainless, I am.)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We'll soon find out. The signs are awfully encouraging: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set an ambitious time frame of July to get legislation on the floor. Instead of fighting tooth and nail against any changes, representatives of the health care industry have pledged to cut cost increases by 1.5 percent per year, potentially saving $2 trillion over the next 10 years. And even some businesses are nominally on board: Obama met with executives from enormous companies that have successfully cut their own health care costs, including Safeway, Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft.
Still, trouble lurks just below the surface..."
Saturday, May 16, 2009
He and Rush Limbaugh seem to be its leaders now. Lindsay Graham, John McCain, John Boehner, and all other Republicans of note seem to be either so enamored of Cheney-Limbaugh (or fearful of them?) or, on the other hand, so appalled by them, that the cat has their tongues. And meanwhile fewer Americans identify as Republicans than at any time since WWII. We’re at 21% and falling–right in line with the number of cranks, reprobates, and loonies in the country.
When will we hear from those in my party who give a damn about their country and about the party of Lincoln?
When will someone of stature tell Dick Cheney that enough is enough? Go home. Spend your 70 million. Luxuriate in your Eastern Shore mansion. Shoot quail with your friends–and your friends.
Stay out of our way as we try to repair the extensive damage you’ve done–to the country and to its Republican Party.
– Lawrence Wilkerson"
Friday, May 15, 2009
I still can’t believe the Republicans are calling Obama a socialist. The only thing we’ve socialized so far are those incredible losses coming out of the finance sector. Everything else is Republican-lite.
All I gotta say is ya got played folks! Maddoff is a small fry scammer by comparison."
Thursday, May 14, 2009
• Among Democrats, 52% cite health care as a top priority for the Obama administration and Congress compared to 28% for Republicans.
• The most important issues for lawmakers to focus on as they change health care: 27% of Democrats named 'expanding coverage for (the) uninsured' while 26% of Republicans said 'keeping the U.S. health care system out of the hands of government.'
• 49% of Democrats said they agree or strongly agree with expanding current federal programs such as Medicaid, compared to 29% of Republicans..."
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, said the study, while providing only a snapshot of voting patterns, 'is enough to show that the balloting process for service members is clearly in need of an overhaul.'
The committee, working with the Congressional Research Service, surveyed election offices in seven states with high numbers of military personnel: California, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.
It said that of 441,000 absentee ballots requested by eligible voters living abroad — mainly active-duty and reserve troops — more than 98,000 were 'lost' ballots that were mailed out but never received by election officials. Taking into account 13,500 ballots that were rejected for such reasons as a missing signature or failure to notarize, one-quarter of those requesting a ballot were disenfranchised.
The study found that an additional 11,000 ballots were returned as undeliverable..."
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Overcome it, guys."
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sounds like the new Democratic Party motto should be “Vice is nice, but incest is best” given the intertwined relationships in the last few campaign seasons. I wonder if Axelrod thinks of himself as the new American “king maker”? He may do so, but he isn’t a patch on Richard Neville, the original Kingmaker. If you don’t know who that was, look it up. Hint: Warwick."
NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reported the assailant took his own life after the violent outburst. The attacker was described as a 'stressed out' U.S. soldier..."
Sunday, May 10, 2009
President Barack Obama pledged during the presidential campaign to change the policy. But the issue has been on the back-burner as the White House tackles other issues such as the economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jones said he does not know if the policy, known as 'don't ask, don't tell,' will be overturned, and indicated a cautious approach.
'We have a lot on our plate right now. It has to be teed up at the right time ... to do this the right way,' Jones said on the ABC program 'This Week...'"
Cheney Says He Favors Limbaugh Over Powell as Model Republican - Bloomberg.com
"May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Republicans are better served by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh than by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. “My take on it was Colin had already left the party,” Cheney said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” noting that Republican Powell endorsed President Barack Obama, a Democrat, during the 2008 presidential campaign..."
Saturday, May 09, 2009
"ACORN Should Not Be Involved with the Census Bureau
With evidence mounting that ACORN committed registration fraud is raising national concern that ACORN employees should not be working for the Census Bureau. The first line of defense from ACORN officials is that registration fraud seldom leads to voter fraud. Never mind the fact that tax payer dollars were abused when paying for these false registrations from
There should not even be a whiff of impropriety involved with the Census.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
"This week Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Senators Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will re-introduce the bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act in Congress. Thanks to its viewers, Lifetime has so far collected more than 23 million online petition signatures urging Congress to pass this critical legislation, which would end the practice of so-called 'drive-through' mastectomies when women are forced out of the hospital only hours after invasive breast cancer surgery..."
Check the link for a petition and helpful information. Please support this bill!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Health Insurers Try to Scuttle Obama Plan - ABC News
"... The insurance industry's surprising request for more government rules and oversight is its latest attempt to convince Congress to reject a main component of Obama's health care reform plan -- a government run insurance program that would be open to all Americans under 65 and compete with private insurance plans..."
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I'm sure this will set-off a flood of crocodile tears from certain quarters, but these places should have been shuttered before they ever opened. The middle class has been soaked from all directions on taxes and one of the major reasons is this disappearing income from the upper reaches. When I paying much more on my measly state salary than some millionaires (and billion dollar corporations), then something is wrong.
Veterans Report - VA Reports Additional HIV Cases
"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says a second patient exposed to dirty equipment at its hospital in Miami tested positive for HIV. This brings the number of VA patients to test positive for HIV to four. The VA continues to investigate problems with unclean medical equipment at VA clinics in Miami, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga. For more information, visit VA's Endoscopic Procedure Notification webpage or telephone VA's Special Care Call center at 1-877-575-7256 (available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week)."
Since I'm a moderate, that makes me either a liberal conservative or conservative liberal, a label that fits neither Republican nor Democratic preferences. The GOP is a not a conservative political party. That left that mantle when the influence of Nelson Rockefeller and Barry Goldwater began to wane. Reagan was not a conservative, either. Like his descendants, he was a reactionary-- longing for a return to the Really Good Old Days-- you know, kinda like the antebellum South. If the GOP hitches their banner to that wagon train, they will remain encircled and irrelevant for a generation. A move away from the nuttier aspects of social conservatives toward a conservative fiscal policy would help recruit new members, but I'm not holding my breath. Oh, btw, reverse everything I've said and substitute "Democrats" and you have the same mess from a different direction (though I think the Democrats think they're going to fast-forward into some pseudo-Orwellian utopia- see Farmer's New Riders of the Purple Wage).
Monday, May 04, 2009
Well, someone hacked my blog and replaced the picture with a childish graphic. That's ok. Someday someone will key your car.
Drop 9/11 Monument
Sunday, May 03, 2009
"...Influenza pandemics have occurred as far back in history as we can look, but the four we know about in detail happened in 1889, 1918, 1957 and 1968. The mildest of these, the so-called Hong Kong flu in 1968, killed about 35,000 people in the United States and 700,000 worldwide. Ordinary seasonal influenza, in comparison, now kills 36,000 Americans a year, because the population has a higher proportion of elderly people and others with weak immune systems...
...All four of the well-known pandemics seem to have come in waves. The 1918 virus surfaced by March and set in motion a spring and summer wave that hit some communities and skipped others. This first wave was extremely mild, more so even than ordinary influenza: Of the 10,313 sailors in the British Grand Fleet who became ill, for example, only four died. But autumn brought a second, more lethal wave, which was followed by a less severe third wave in early 1919..."
In other words, it ain't over 'til it's over, with a summary position of "we better be making that vaccine right now."