Friday, December 31, 2010

It's Their Fault!

NYC mayor to probe claims that workers delayed snow cleanup - CNN.com:

"Four days after a monster blizzard blanketed much of the northeastern U.S., New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will investigate whether sanitation workers intentionally delayed cleanup efforts over frustrations regarding citywide budget cuts..."

Anymore, blaming the troops always works, just ask the school teachers.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

O'Failure

Thursday: overslept « The Confluence: "...I don’t know who the hell E.J. has been talking to but from a practical, non-abstract, working class POV, this president has been an abject failure. You don’t have to be a liberal to realize that but liberals have every reason to have expected better than this. I don’t believe in the self-esteem movement where everyone gets a gold star for trying. I believe you have no right to think you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread until you’ve proven yourself. Republicans aren’t becoming suddenly sexy again because regular Americans are crazy about conservatism . There are two reasons why Republicans are winning: 1.) Americans don’t buy the boosterism of the current administration. No one believes in Recovery Summer or Recovery Fall or Recovery Winter or whatever nonsense they’re spouting this week. They’re believing their lying eyes. and 2.) When your base stays home in disgust, that leaves the Fox News viewers who have been emotionalized by Glenn Beck and abortion as the motivated voters who actually go to the polls..."

Miller Lies Again

Judith Miller, Delusional Liar : NO QUARTER: "...Facts are stubborn things. Judith Miller clearly hopes no one actually goes back and looks at the documentary evidence. She was being fed info about Valerie, a covert CIA officer, almost a month before Joe Wilson’s op-ed appeared in the New York Times by one of Dick Cheney’s closest advisors. Scooter was not free lancing. He was acting on behalf of Dick Cheney. Fair Game tells the story of the White House trying to destroy the Wilson family because Joe Wilson dared to speak out about what he knew. This much I know, Fair Game is a more accurate reporting of history then anything Judith Miller has ever written. I encourage you to see the movie."

O'Donnel Probed

Christine O'Donnell Denies Money Misuse, 'Expects More' Accusations - ABC News: "Former Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell defended herself today against a report that the federal government was investigating her for misuse of campaign funds, saying the investigation was politically motivated..."

Political motivation? Nah. Your opponents want to keep you in politics as long as possible, ma'am.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Taxes,Services,Blizzards

Simply Left BehindThe Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy: An Abject Lesson: "...Well, to sum up my point in a nutshell, we asked for lower taxes, we got lower taxes, and here's the price we pay. Mayor Bloomberg has been at the forefront of cutting property taxes, business income taxes, lowering city revenues as far as he possibly can, and cutting services to compensate. 300 Department of Sanitation drivers were 'retired' during this recent budget slashing to help cover the shortfall. That's 150 snowplows that could have been on the street..."

Dead Bin

WEINER: Osama bin Laden is dead - Washington Times:

"...Al Qaeda wants America and the world to believe bin Laden is still alive. His image is a specter of the horrors of Sept. 11, helping build public support for everything from troop surges a globe away to warrantless wiretaps at home.

But the image of bin Laden is getting moldy, and there's little reason for his ghost to scare anyone anymore. If al Qaeda wants America to believe bin Laden is alive, it should put up or shut up.

Here's a challenge to al Qaeda: Send a new video that can be analyzed properly. Otherwise, we'll take it all as a big scam, al Qaeda's version of "Saturday Night Live." Otherwise, you betcha, he's dead."

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Hillbillying Of Palin

Let's get this straight--- Sarah Palin is not from the South, nor does she have anything remotely approaching a Southern accent. So why does this post insist on dropping the g's in all of Palin's quotes? Well, it is obvious, isn't it? It's the Vile Left trying to denigrate Palin by conflating her accent with that of the gun loving bitter-clingers. Anymore, I have no use for Palin but this tactic is unacceptable-- we real hillbillies object.

Sarah Palin sneers at 'conservationists who write me nasty letters': A 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' review | Ken Tucker's TV | EW.com:

"Sarah Palin visited a logging camp, picked up a chainsaw, and helped cut down a tree during this week’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Later, after playing a spirited game of “Eskimo bingo” with some loggers’ families, Palin sneered at “conservationists [who] write me nasty letters because I support [logging], usin’ their pretty little pencils and their pretty little stationery, not realizin,’ where do you think your pencil and your stationery comes from? It came from a tree that was harvested!”..."

Remember Iraq?

Right Wing Still Delusional on Iraq : NO QUARTER:

"...The war in Iraq has not made the United States better off and it certainly has not promoted stability in the Middle East. This feckless policy resulted in the deaths of 4748 of our soldiers and marines, wounded more than 30,000, cost hundreds of billions of dollars, led to an increase in international terrorism in 2003 and 2004, and spread Iranian influence and power throughout the region.

The notion that Iraq is undergoing a “national reconciliation” is Alice in Wonderland territory. You think Iraq today is friendlier towards Israel that it was under Saddam? Hell no. You think Iraq is friendlier towards Iran today than it was under Saddam? Hell, yes. And that makes the Middle East better off?

Good save us from these rightwing loons."

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Legal Escape

A Solitary Jailhouse Lawyer Argues His Way Out of Prison - WSJ.com: "For most of those 15 years, Mr. Collins, who maintained his innocence, knew the only way his wardrobe would change was if he did something that's indescribably rare. He'd have to lawyer himself out of jail..."

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gov v. Birthers

Hawaii’s Governor Seeks to Silence ‘Birthers’ - NYTimes.com:

"Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, who befriended President Obama’s parents when they were university students here, has been in office for less than three weeks. But he is so incensed over “birthers” — the conspiracy theorists who assert that Mr. Obama was born in Kenya and was thus not eligible to become president — that he is seeking ways to change state policy to allow him to release additional proof that the president was born in Honolulu in 1961..."

Remember The Big Lie-- "if you repeat a thing long enough and loud enough, people, no matter how outrageous the claim, will begin to regard it as truth"--- attributed to various Nazis if I remember correctly.

Where It Is Tuff Being A Christian

AFP: Iraqis defy threats to pack massacre church on Xmas: "Hundreds of Christians packed Baghdad's Our Lady of Salvation church for Christmas on Saturday, defying threats of attacks less than two months after militants massacred worshippers and priests there..."

Friday, December 24, 2010

Great Xmas VidTunes

Joe Cannon has posted a wonderful series of Christmas YouTubes over at his place: Cannonfire.

The Daily Uh-Oh: Pope Edition

Pope’s child porn 'normal' claim sparks outrage among victims - World news, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk: "Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict's claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn't considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s..."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pension Warning

Alabama Town’s Failed Pension Is Warning to Cities and States - NYTimes.com: "This struggling small city on the outskirts of Mobile was warned for years that if it did nothing, its pension fund would run out of money by 2009. Right on schedule, its fund ran dry..."

9/11 Conspiracy Windfall

If .1 of 1% of what is alleged here can be proved in court, then hangings will happen. GORDON DUFF: GOV. JESSE VENTURA PROVES 9/11 COVER-UP, WILL AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT FALL? : Veterans Today:

Palin vs. Boner

John Boehner Defends Tax Cut Deal From Sarah Palin's Criticism: "Future Speaker of the House John Boehner offered a rebuttal to Sarah Palin's earlier condemnation of the $858 billion tax cut legislation on Friday. The agreement is a "worthy" deal based on the balance of power, Boehner said, and one that accomplished the primary goal of preventing an expiration of the Bush tax cuts early next year..."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Banks Robbing

Banks Accused of Illegally Breaking Into Homes - NYTimes.com:

When Mimi Ash arrived at her mountain chalet here for a weekend ski trip, she discovered that someone had broken into the home and changed the locks.

When she finally got into the house, it was empty. All of her possessions were gone: furniture, her son’s ski medals, winter clothes and family photos. Also missing was a wooden box, its top inscribed with the words “Together Forever,” that contained the ashes of her late husband, Robert.

The culprit, Ms. Ash soon learned, was not a burglar but her bank. According to a federal lawsuit filed in October by Ms. Ash, Bank of America had wrongfully foreclosed on her house and thrown out her belongings, without alerting Ms. Ash beforehand..."

Apple Sucks: Reason 99

ROI: Why iPads Make Lousy Christmas Gifts - WSJ.com: "...OK, I admit it: I've been wrong about Apple stock lately. After correctly turning bullish at $85 two years ago, I turned cautious waaay too early. My mistake? This isn't a technology company. It's a luxury brand, like Herm├Ęs or Tiffany. And it's wooed customers so they'll pay almost anything for its products. Last Christmas, Apple's gross margins were 41%. That's incredible. It's good for Apple, good for stockholders—but not so good for shoppers. Me, I don't want to support someone else's 60% markups with my own dollars. Generally speaking, the smarter move is to invest in the Tiffanys of the world—and shop at the Wal-Marts..."

And 100: "...OK, I already knew about the fans. Last summer, three-quarters of the people standing in line so they could buy the new iPhone the moment it went on sale already owned an iPhone. But now it's the company, too. Look at how it reacted last spring, when a Silicon Valley blogger scooped an early iPhone 4: Next thing he knew he was being handcuffed on his lawn in front of his wife while police ransacked his house. And think of Steve Jobs, complaining that news coverage of the iPhone 4's troubled aerial had been "blown so out of proportion that it's incredible." Hmmm, out-of-proportion media coverage—you sure you want to go there, Steve? This is the guy marketing a new telephone under the slogan "This changes everything. Again." Maybe this stuff shouldn't matter to me, but I have to confess it's turning me off."

GOP Still Blocking 9/11 Bill

Senate Dems Blast Republicans Over Their Concerns With 9/11 Health Bill - FoxNews.com:

"With the lame-duck session nearing an increasingly bitter end, Senate Democrats are now accusing Republicans of abandoning 9/11 heroes because of their concerns with a bill that would pay for the health care of the first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lobbed that accusation Wednesday in a broadside against the Republicans he says are trying to stall a final vote by 'running out the clock' on the lame-duck session..."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On GOP Hissy Fits

John McCain & Lindsey Graham: The Mean Girls of the U.S. Senate: "I have a theory about human social evolution: life doesn't progress much after high school. This week, I can thank John McCain and Lindsey Graham for providing empirical data that supports this hypothesis..."

Home Deduction Doomed?

Tax deduction for mortgage interest could be on the chopping block - Los Angeles Times:

"...Much the same has been true for millions of Americans up and down the income scale. Perhaps the most sacred of all the sacred cows in the tax code, the home mortgage deduction has long been seen as crucial to a major element of the American dream — owning your own home.

It has also been a boon to home builders, construction workers, the financial services industry and local governments that benefited from fatter real estate tax revenue.

But nearly a century after coming into existence, the mortgage deduction may face a day of reckoning. Although out of the spotlight while the lame-duck Congress thrashes to an end, the mortgage deduction issue is likely to resurface next year when the new Congress — including a lot more deficit-hawk Republicans — takes over.

In part, the hoary deduction has a target on its back as a result of policymakers rethinking the whole issue of homeownership. In the wake of the havoc that followed the latest housing bust — a calamity that still shadows the U.S. economy and will for years to come — it's no longer so clear that near-universal homeownership should be a paramount goal..."

Monday, December 20, 2010

Comment Of The Day

WikiLeaks cables detail Fidel Castro's doomed love for Obama | World news | The Guardian:

notreallybilloddie
18 December 2010 11:10AM

"...If only Al Gore hadn't caved in when Bush cheated his way to power, we could be living in an entirely different world.."

The Triumph Of Bad Ideas

When Zombies Win - NYTimes.com:

"When historians look back at 2008-10, what will puzzle them most, I believe, is the strange triumph of failed ideas. Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything — yet they now dominate the political scene more thoroughly than ever.

How did that happen? How, after runaway banks brought the economy to its knees, did we end up with Ron Paul, who says “I don’t think we need regulators,” about to take over a key House panel overseeing the Fed? How, after the experiences of the Clinton and Bush administrations — the first raised taxes and presided over spectacular job growth; the second cut taxes and presided over anemic growth even before the crisis — did we end up with bipartisan agreement on even more tax cuts?..."

Carter Stirs Gay Pot

A Gay Commander in Chief - Ready or Not? - NYTimes.com:

"Jimmy Carter is putting the out in outspokenness.

In an interview with bigthink.com, the former president was asked, “Is the country ready for a gay president?”

Even as John McCain and other ossified Republicans were staging last-minute maneuvers to torpedo the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal, the 86-year-old Carter was envisioning a grander civil rights victory..."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fox News Finally Right

Shepard Smith Unloads On Blockers Of 9/11 Responders Bill: 'How Do They Sleep At Night?' (VIDEO):

"Shepard Smith excoriated the Senators who are holding up the so-called 'Zadroga Bill' to assist 9/11 first responders who suffer from medical problems as a result of their time at Ground Zero. The bill, which provides $7 billion for the responders, passed the House but is being held up by Republicans in the Senate.

Speaking to Fox News colleague Chris Wallace on Friday, Smith asked, 'How do they sleep at night after this vote on Ground Zero first responders from 9/11? Are they going to get that done, or are we going to leave these American heroes out there to twist in the wind?'..."

O Will Fight The Rich

Biden says he and Obama will fight wealthy tax cuts in 2012 - The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency: "Vice President Joe Biden said today that he and President Obama will fight to end the 'morally troubling' yet newly renewed tax cuts for rich Americans in the re-election year of 2012..."

I understand he's also selling beach front property in South Dakota.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Screwing You Per Page

Mobile Carriers Dream of Charging per Page | Epicenter | Wired.com:

"...The idea? Make it possible for your wireless provider to monitor everything you do online and charge you extra for using Facebook, Skype or Netflix. For instance, in the seventh slide of the above PowerPoint, a Vodafone user would be charged two cents per MB for using Facebook, three euros a month to use Skype and $0.50 monthly for a speed-limited version of YouTube. But traffic to Vodafone’s services would be free, allowing the mobile carrier to create video services that could undercut NetFlix on price.

In short, you’d have a hard time creating a better graphic of the future that net neutrality advocates warn will be imminent if the federal government does not apply fairness rules to the mobile internet. A court struck down an earlier set of fairness rules in the spring, but it was never clear if those rules applied to wireless carriers..."

Don't you just love how private enterprise horns in on public property (the Internet) and then wants to charge us for using our service? Maybe Verizon will buy the rights to a National Park then start charging admission or Wall Street will get their hands on Social Security and start charging us a monthly transaction fee. Do not ever give an inch to these evil, greedy bastards.

Rail Gun Coming

Navy Working on New Super Rail Gun:

"The world's most powerful gun is one step closer to becoming the super-weapon of the future.

The Navy on Friday demonstrated a record-setting 33-megajoule shot from its developmental electromagnetic rail gun, a weapon that will be able to shoot farther than conventional guns. This weapon of the future could someday go on U.S. Navy ships, but for right now, it's a science and technology project..."

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Lie Of The Year

"Government Takeover" of Health Care Called "Lie of the Year" - Political Hotsheet - CBS News:

"...The claim that the health care overhaul bill reflects a "government takeover of healthcare" has won the "lie of the year" award from the fact-checking website Politifact.com.

The Pulitzer Prize winning website, which is associated with the St. Petersburg Times, noted in announcing the award that "it is inaccurate to call the plan a government takeover because it relies largely on the existing system of health coverage provided by employers..."

Flogging The Big O--Again

How Oprah's Book Club Gets Dickens—and Literature—All Wrong | The New Republic:

"...Now imagine this scenario somewhat differently. Your 16 year old announces that her English class will be reading Great Expectations. Fabulous, you think. A real piece of literature, a break from the Twilight nonsense and the watering down of education. “What will you discuss?” you ask your child. “Oh, we don’t know yet,” she says. “My teacher has never read it before. In fact, she’s never read any Dickens. She just thought it would be fun to read this with a cup of tea in hand!” My guess is that you would be annoyed.

And yet, Oprah does just that, only it’s worse: She has asked millions of people to follow her into some of the more difficult prose to come out of the nineteenth century—prose she knows nothing about. Put simply, a TV host whose maxim is to “live your best life” is not an adequate guide through the complicated syntax of Dickens, not because she lacks the intelligence—she is quite clearly a woman of savvy—but because her readings of the texts are so one-dimensional.

Oprah’s approach to her Book Club is all about herself. Her recent announcement contained not a word of reasoning or insightfulness about Dickens’s work; instead, she explained her reason for picking two of his novels by shouting, in a lame attempt at literary humor, “Cause it’s the best of times!” Just as she deems her “favorite things” worthy of an annual consumer-fest, she happily pushes to her audience of millions whatever books she herself wants to read..."

Royal Head

Scientists ID head of France's King Henry IV - Technology & science - Science - msnbc.com: --that's good to know; I was concerned.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Why Reform Is Opposed

Opposition to Health Law Is Steeped in Tradition - David Leonhardt - NYTimes.com:

"...Today, the supposed threat to free enterprise is a law that’s broader, if less radical, than Medicare: the bill Congress passed this year to create a system of privately run health insurance for everyone. On Monday, a federal judge ruled part of the law to be unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court will probably need to settle the matter in the end.

We’ve lived through a version of this story before, and not just with Medicare. Nearly every time this country has expanded its social safety net or tried to guarantee civil rights, passionate opposition has followed.

The opposition stems from the tension between two competing traditions in the American economy. One is the laissez-faire tradition that celebrates individuality and risk-taking. The other is the progressive tradition that says people have a right to a minimum standard of living — time off from work, education and the like..."

I have a simpler explanation: fear.

Hypocritical GOPerism

GOP rips $1.1 trillion spending bill - CNN.com:

"...Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, called the GOP hypocritical, noting that a large number of the earmarks in the bill had been previously requested by Republican members. Durbin also said the legislation had been set at $1.1 trillion in order to satisfy McConnell's demands.

This is 'the very same number' the Republican leader insisted upon, Durbin said. 'You can't have it both ways.'

South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint, a leading voice of the Tea Party movement, has said he and other conservatives may force the massive bill to be read out loud before it can be debated in order to ensure that everyone knows all the provisions it contains.

Reading the bill could take 50 hours... "

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

BP Sued

Justice Department Sues BP Over Gulf Oil Spill - WSJ.com: "The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil oil-spill lawsuit Wednesday against a BP PLC unit and several other companies, the federal government's first major legal action in the Gulf of Mexico disaster..."

Screwing The Little Guy--Again

Executives keep health perks while workers' benefits are cut - USATODAY.com:

"Though millions of workers face rising health insurance costs and dwindling benefits in 2011, many CEOs will retain employer-paid medical plans and health benefits worth thousands of dollars.

Hundreds of top corporate managers get medical benefits and supplemental coverage far beyond what's offered to rank-and-file employees. Benefits include 'executive' physicals and reimbursements for out-of-pocket costs, deductibles and co-payments, according to corporate filings..."

No Gay Marines

Top Marine says repeal of gay ban could add casualties: "The Marine Corps' top general suggested Tuesday that allowing gays to serve openly in the military could result in more casualties because their presence on the battlefield would pose 'a distraction...'"

Okay, the bullets are flying, you're pinned down but you see a way out, but before you dash to safety, you stop to contemplate the sexual preferences of the guy laying down cover fire? Someone's gonna hafta explain this one to me.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stewart Slams GOP Over 9-11 Vote

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Flogging The Big O


The Sad Tale of Oprah Winfrey and her farewell Victory Tour while millions of americans suffer foreclosure fraud.. Daily PUMA:

"...Has there ever been a television personality with the reputation and clout of Oprah Winfrey who has frittered away their final year in daytime programming by focusing on their own narcissistic journey, when the country and her audience needed her to protect them from predatory banking practices that have been surfacing at an alarming pace?

Oprah Winfrey could have used her television show to expose the dastardly deeds of her own business acquaintances, such as those of Jamie Dimon, but instead we are treated to a trail of Oprah's tears as guests tell her how much she has meant to them...meanwhile, TEN THOUSAND homes are foreclosed upon every day in the United States, and many of them are not being fairly treated..."

Monday, December 13, 2010

GOPers Say Dems Won

National Review: Tax Fight On The Right? : NPR:

"Extending the tax rates, of course, garners near-universal acclaim. But Republicans view other parts of the deal, such as the temporary payroll-tax deduction, the $56 billion toward jobless benefits, and myriad Obama-favored tax credits, as hold-your-nose compromises.

For an example of the grumbling, see Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who wrote in a Twitter message Friday that he has 'serious concerns.' Nevertheless, he will support the agreement because 'Americans can't afford tax increases...'"

Obama Reagan Commonality?

Was Ronald Reagan a secret snitch? - Los Angeles Times:

Worm Still Eating Iran Nukes

FoxNews.com - Stuxnet Worm Still Out of Control at Iran's Nuclear Sites, Experts Say:

"Iran's nuclear program is still in chaos despite its leaders' adamant claim that they have contained the computer worm that attacked their facilities, cybersecurity experts in the United States and Europe say...

...And Iran’s anti-worm effort may have had another setback. In Tehran, men on motorcycles attacked two leading nuclear scientists on their way to work. Using magnetic bombs, the motorcyclists pulled alongside their cars and attached the devices.

One scientist was wounded and the other killed. Confirmed reports say that the murdered scientist was in charge of dealing with the Stuxnet virus at the nuclear plants."

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bite Me,Bloomberg

Bloomberg Says Obama's Democratic Base Should `Suck It Up' on Tax-Cut Deal - Bloomberg:

"President Barack Obama should tell Democrats angered by his compromises with Republicans on extending tax cuts to “suck it up,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Obama “can’t just sit there and depend on ideology” because “leadership is about doing the possible, not sitting around and waiting for the perfect,” Bloomberg said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press...”

The Base has been sucking it up ever since Teh Precious became The One. Enuf.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Go Bernie! Go!

Bernie Sanders Filibuster: Senator Stalls Tax Cut Deal:

"...Sanders kicked off the debate on the bill with a two-hour stand in opposition to the tax cut deal before handing over the lectern to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and then Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

'How can I get by on one house?' Sanders said. 'I need five houses, ten houses! I need three jet planes to take me all over the world! Sorry, American people. We've got the money, we've got the power, we've got the lobbyists here and on Wall Street. Tough luck. That's the world, get used to it. Rich get richer. Middle class shrinks...'"

Lest We Forget:Tricky Dick Edition

On Nixon Tapes, Disparaging Remarks About Ethnic Groups - NYTimes.com: " Richard M. Nixon made disparaging remarks about Jews, blacks, Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans in a series of extended conversations with top aides and his personal secretary, recorded in the Oval Office 16 months before he resigned as president. "

Crazies Outnumbered At Edwards Funeral

More than 1,200 at Edwards funeral; protest fizzles - CNN.com:

"...Other public mourners included as many 150 supporters who gathered a few blocks away from the church for a counter-demonstration against a group of picketers from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.

The Kansas-based congregation is known for its extremist opposition against homosexuals, Jews and other groups and regularly holds protests at funerals for fallen U.S. service members, saying the war's dead are God's punishment for the country tolerating gays and lesbians.

In the end, only five Westboro congregants showed for the protest, which took place in a cold, steady rain..."

Friday, December 10, 2010

GOP Says "No" To 9-11 Heroes

9/11 responders bill defeated by Senate GOP filibuster - CNN.com: "Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor..."

Return Of The Walrus Hack

If you need to be reminded of Skippy Shrub, read this--Barack Obama is a bigger danger than WikiLeaks | John Bolton | Comment is free | The Guardian:

DADT Problems Coming

Gates sees problems if Senate blocks repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' - CNN.com:

"Failing to repeal the law prohibiting openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military leaves the services vulnerable to the possibility the courts will order an immediate and likely chaotic end to the policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Friday.

Gates, speaking aboard an aircraft as he traveled in the Middle East, said that 'my greatest worry will be that we are at the mercy of the courts and all of the lack of predictability that that entails...'"

A Sliver Of Katrina Justice

Guilty verdict in post-Katrina death - USATODAY.com:

"In a case that could have widespread repercussions on how law enforcement agents deal with disasters, three former and current police officers were found guilty Thursday in the shooting death of a man and the coverup in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A federal jury took three days to reach guilty verdicts on three of the five officers indicted in the shooting, burning and coverup of the death of 31-year-old Henry Glover..."

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Picketing Crazies Return

Controversial church to picket Edwards funeral - U.S. news - Life - msnbc.com:

"A church that pickets funerals to protest what it calls American immorality says its members will be picketing the service this Saturday for Elizabeth Edwards, who died of breast cancer on Tuesday.

Based in Topeka, Kan., the Westboro Baptist Church said it would be outside the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C., during the funeral for the former wife of one-time vice presidential candidate John Edwards..."

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Daily Uh-Oh: WikiLeaks UFO Edition

Wikileaks: new diplomatic cables 'contain UFO details', says Julian Assange - Telegraph:

"The 39 year-old Australian, who is wanted by Interpol over a charge of rape and sexual assault in Sweden, said there were some references to extraterrestrial life in yet-to-be-published confidential files obtained from the American government.

He did not disclose what information was contained in the diplomatic memos obtained by the whistleblowing website. It also remains unclear when they will be published..."

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Fighting Fox

Media Matters, the watchdog group that loves to hate Fox News:

"...Tides chief executive and founder, Drummond Pike, has endorsed Media Matters' campaign.

'Every sponsor of every Fox show should be put on notice that this insanity is being underwritten by [advertisers],' Brock says. He adds: 'If Beck isn't stopped, I think we'll have another Oklahoma City [bombing] in this country...'"

Piling On The Debt

Bush tax cut deal and surprise stimulus - what they cost - Dec. 7, 2010: "The compromise on the Bush tax cuts announced Monday night between President Obama and Republicans could cost between $600 billion and $800 billion if ultimately signed into law -- no sure thing given opposition from many Democrats..."

And where are the deficit hawks?

Monday, December 06, 2010

Bailing Out The World

Hat tip to Simply Left Behind...

Sen. Bernie Sanders: A Real Jaw Dropper at the Federal Reserve:

"...After years of stonewalling by the Fed, the American people are finally learning the incredible and jaw-dropping details of the Fed's multi-trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street and corporate America. As a result of this disclosure, other members of Congress and I will be taking a very extensive look at all aspects of how the Federal Reserve functions and how we can make our financial institutions more responsive to the needs of ordinary Americans and small businesses.

What have we learned so far from the disclosure of more than 21,000 transactions? We have learned that the $700 billion Wall Street bailout signed into law by President George W. Bush turned out to be pocket change compared to the trillions and trillions of dollars in near-zero interest loans and other financial arrangements the Federal Reserve doled out to every major financial institution in this country. Among those are Goldman Sachs, which received nearly $600 billion; Morgan Stanley, which received nearly $2 trillion; Citigroup, which received $1.8 trillion; Bear Stearns, which received nearly $1 trillion, and Merrill Lynch, which received some $1.5 trillion in short term loans from the Fed.

We also learned that the Fed's multi-trillion bailout was not limited to Wall Street and big banks, but that some of the largest corporations in this country also received a very substantial bailout. Among those are General Electric, McDonald's, Caterpillar, Harley Davidson, Toyota and Verizon.

Perhaps most surprising is the huge sum that went to bail out foreign private banks and corporations including two European megabanks -- Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse -- which were the largest beneficiaries of the Fed's purchase of mortgage-backed securities

Deutsche Bank, a German lender, sold the Fed more than $290 billion worth of mortgage securities. Credit Suisse, a Swiss bank, sold the Fed more than $287 billion in mortgage bonds...."

Lest We Forget:Clinton Edition

Monday: The Awakening is Very Rude « The Confluence: "...Last night’s Virtually Speaking featured two bloggers who sounded like they got the Lazy Mary treatment. After a week of outrages, the left blogosphere is waking up to the very real scenario that they picked the worng guy. Very wrong. Marcy Wheeler (aka emptywheel) and Stuart Zechman are finally outraged. They have reached the stage of outrage and righteous indignation that we felt in 2008 when Obama and the DNC decided that votes for Hillary Clinton from the big states did not count (or if you were living in MI or FL, counted for half a person). Doesn’t feel so good, does it guys? And he doesn’t have to listen to you. Nope..."

Sunday, December 05, 2010

GOP Too Far Gone?

ThinkProgress » Former Republican Sen. Warns GOP May ‘Have Gone So Far Overboard That We Are Beyond Redemption’: "In an age when far-right tea party activists have taken over the Republican Party and demanded lockstep allegiance, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been one of the few GOP lawmakers to step out of line. In particular, Lugar, the ranking GOP member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has blasted his own party for relentlessly blocking ratification of the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, calling on his fellow GOP senators to “do your duty for your country” and complete the pact..."

From The "No Kidding" Department

GOP tax cut ultimatum: Principled or 'temper tantrum?' - CNN: "...Readers accused Republicans of being more interested in paying back campaign donors than helping lower-income Americans in hard times."

Losing Mortgage Deductions

I'm not convinced but the post does present some interesting arguments. 3 reasons why the mortgage tax break isn't a break - Fortune Finance:

Friday, December 03, 2010

Good Advice For Media

CNN Regrets Not Asking John McCain A Follow-Up Question:

"...This is just an idea I had, CNN, but maybe you all should consider this tactic: when an interviewee says something that gives you the WTF-face, you could maybe deviate from your scripted questions, pause and ask said interviewee, 'I'm sorry, but what did you mean when you said that thing you said, just a few seconds ago, on our teevee show?'

Obviously, the downside here is that you really steal away from your exclusive online post-game lamentation of the terrible interview you just conducted..."

Moms Saying "No"

Frazzled Moms Push Back Against Volunteering - NYTimes.com: "Around the country there are a number of altruistic, devoted and totally burned-out mothers just like Ms. Lentzner who are becoming emboldened to push back against the relentless requests from their children’s schools for their time. What started out as an admirable civic gesture somehow snowballed into an inability to say no to any committee assignment or project request, and spiraled into night, weekend and after-school commitments, middle-of-the-night e-mail exchanges, as well as frozen dinners, takeout pizza and baby sitters at home..."

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

No More Loud Ads

Well, Hush My Mouth: Congress Is Moving Against LOUD Ads - WSJ.com:

"Couch potatoes of America, listen up. Congress may be just days away from turning down the volume on ear-splitting TV.

The Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation, or CALM, Act follows rules set last year by a United Nations body in Switzerland on how to measure and clip broadcast volumes. The U.S. bill, inspired by decades of consumer complaints, should finally ban TV ads that blare louder than the programs they interrupt..."

I wonder if the GOP will block this legislation.

Blocking For The Rich

First Read - GOP to block all bills until tax cuts are addressed: "Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced this morning that Republicans will block any legislation from coming to the Senate floor until two key economic issues are addressed: funding the government (the “continuing resolution” which must pass to prevent a government shutdown) and the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts..."