Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I bet it's pretty overlapping.
And speaking of overlapping, I've done the kerning of the pic in question with the photo analysis I perfected over various junk-shots sent to Jenn Sterger (as opposed to those sent by BP) and it reveals the following "Breitbart" influences (it's all in the kerning people!)
Today on CBS’ Face the Nation Cantor doubled down on using the tornado victims as political hostages for spending cuts to clean energy. He compared the situation to that of a family facing an unexpected expenditure.
Eric Cantor apparently comes from the kind of family that will not spend the money to get their dog spayed only to later go on to drown the resulting puppies. Sure it is somewhat motivated by being cheap and short-sited, but mostly for the thrill of possibly killing puppies.
Cantor has a kindred spirit in a small Alabama town of Cordova devastated by a recent tornado:
A mayor in a small town devastated by a tornado has sparked outrage over his refusal to let homeless residents stay in trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency...
Mr Scott, however, has heard all the complaints but is unrepentant.
He said: 'I don't feel guilty. I can look anyone in the eye.'
So residents who lost their homes are out-of-luck, but the Mayor and city officials? They get to use the same, otherwise banned trailers.
Mr Scott defended that decision by saying the city can use small trailers because it is for the common good.
As opposed to unfortunate citizens getting a roof over their head. I guess it's the "Trent Lott's Porch Doctrine".
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, May 30, 2011
KABUL, Afghanistan, May 27 (UPI) -- Improvised explosive device blasts in southern Afghanistan killed eight U.S. troops in one of the worst such attacks on record, military officials said.
A NATO airstrike targeting insurgents inadvertently hit two civilian homes in the volatile southwestern Helmand province, killing 12 children and two women, an Afghan government official said Sunday...
He said NATO hit two civilian houses, killing five girls, seven boys and two women.
And about those "freedoms":
US President Barack Obama approved the four-year extension of the Patriot Act on Thursday, May 26, 2011, while on his Europe tour.
Why fight to protect "freedom" -- no matter whether the place is irrelevant or outdated -- when you are so willing to sign them away?
Sunday, May 29, 2011
...obsessive about much there beardy?
And you'd think if he's going to post fake pictures of Democrats' packages he'd make them less endowed, after all, only Republicans can be big pricks.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
A U.S. judge has ruled that the campaign finance law banning corporations from making contributions to federal candidates is unconstitutional, saying that a recent Supreme Court decision gives companies the same right to donate as individual citizens enjoy.
Many in the community would likely not be plehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifased with Scott’s cuts, but those voices remained unheard — mainly because they were banned. Declaring the town square event to be “private,” Scott’s staffers had Sumter County sheriff’s deputies remove Democrats and those with “liberal-looking pins and buttons” from the event
Friday, May 27, 2011
Unless there was a horse-head inside the box, what was the point really?
Rick Perlstein's fine remembrance of Hubert Humphrey.
Humphrey made his national political debut in 1948 when, as mayor of Minneapolis and a candidate for Senate, he headed the Minnesota delegation to the Democratic National Convention. There he led a faction insisting the platform include a federal fair employment commission, a controversial goal of the civil rights movement.
Segregationist Southerners threatened to walk out, a move that could have paralyzed the entire fragile Democratic coalition and handed the White House to the Republicans. The Democrats’ first presidential defeat in 16 years might have been laid at the feet of this ambitious 37-year-old.
Humphrey could have been excused for quietly backing down. Instead, the man who had earned the nickname the Happy Warrior gave one of the greatest speeches in American political history.
“To those who say this civil rights program is an infringement on states’ rights,” he thundered from the convention podium, “I say this: The time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadow of states’ rights and to walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.”
The motion carried. The Southerners walked out and ran Strom Thurmond for president. When Harry S. Truman won nonetheless, Democrats were on their way to becoming the party of civil rights. Hubert Humphrey catalyzed that change.
But in the nation that is the object of their affections...
More evidence that Israel derangement syndrome is a malady among the American political class and a narrow sliver of the AIPAC elite, but that most Israelis and most American Jews are far more pragmatic and humane.
57 % of Israelis support Barack Obama’s speech on Middle East peace, and are critical of that of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
David Cameron has been told by UK intelligence that Muammar Gaddafi is increasingly paranoid, on the run, and hiding in hospitals by night with senior commanders in the regime unable to communicate with one another.
It's almost as if people are trying to kill him and his family by bombing their various places of residence.
But seriously, we're expected to believe that hiding in a hospital alone makes Gaddafi more crazy or malevolent when NATO's explanation for deploying Apache Helicopters is this?
The implicit threat in the use of the helicopters is that it will be easy to assassinate Gaddafi. But the French foreign minister, Alain Juppe, insisted that was not the plan. "We don't want to kill him," he said. "Because we are not killers."
Well, that's all simple enough logic is it not?
If only DSK were also in this pic!
(via Daveeza at flickr.com)
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The short answer is that most American Jews are liberal, and most American liberals side with the Palestinians and vague notions of “peace” instead of with Israel’s wellbeing and security. Like the president, the U.N., and most of Europe, too many American Jews aren’t as pro-Israel as they should be
A new film commissioned by Palin, the former governor of Alaska, will present her as a Joan of Arc-like figure
Yes, because we all remember the best known fact about ol' Joan, that she always resigned before things got difficult.
Convinced that he has personally been targeted by Al Qaeda for assassination, he surrounds himself with an aggressive security detail and is licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
Considering his network is inadvertently (I think) the greatest asset the organization has in actually harming America (cheer-lead into wars much Rog?) I'm pretty sure they would never touch him.
The House has passed legislation that would bar teaching health centers that receive federal funds under the new health care act from using the money to teach abortion techniques.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, the sponsor of the measure, says she wants to make it “crystal clear” that taxpayer money is not being used to train health care providers to perform abortions.
...The amendment passed 234-182, over the objections of some Democrats who said it would prevent medical residents from learning a basic procedure in women’s health care.
Well, can't have that -- just tell them to pray.
And sponsored by such a quality individual like Virginia Foxx too.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Leave it to the Democrats to squander their advantage.
New York Republican Rep. Peter King told CBS News Tuesday that he "would not be at all surprised" if former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani entered the 2012 presidential race.
"In fact, I would say if he had to make the decision today, it would be yes," King told CBS News Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes.
This time, he's going to get two delegates instead of one! At this rate Rudy shall be unstoppable in the 6040 Presidential election sponsored by Oxygen-flavored Doritos.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Here's his 2005 bit of wrongstradamus:
And here's more.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once doubted his own existence...
"...in his 20s he is sitting with me in my apartment telling me that he cannot say with certainty that he exists, he cannot say for certain that I exist and he cannot say for certain that this conversation exists,"
And I continue to doubt his sanity exists.
Self-proclaimed libertarian Billy Long got himself elected to fill Roy Blount's old congressional seat in Missouri last year on the strength of voters "reflex memory" alone.
Given his districts residence in the heart of 'Tornado Alley' one would think ol' Billy might appreciate 'civil defense' protections like warning systems. But, you would be overestimating Billy Brooks sociopathy when he mocked such things last year.
And then this weekend happened in his district.
Good job in advance Billy.
Republicans proposed cutting $832 million – or 12 percent – from this year's budget for the federal nutrition program that provides food for low-income mothers and children...Two analysts from the liberal research and advocacy group Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Zoe Neuberger and Robert Greenstein, said Monday that the cuts could mean turning away as many as 475,000 people from the Women, Infants and Children program if food prices continue to rise.
Let them eat, uh, nothing!
Although, you have to admit it's not like poor infants and children are going to vote for John Boehner, let alone donate to him, anyway. He saves his tears for those who can afford to play in his foursome.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, May 23, 2011
What does it all mean, Thers sums it up:
The obvious 2012 GOP nominee is Benjamin Netanyahu. Not giving a rat's ass about how the US economy actually works as long as the big bucks get funneled to the right people is basically a plus for the Republicans, and allowing a hard right Israeli government veto power over US foreign policy, well, why the fuck not.
The wingnut position is that greater loyalty and deference is owed to the foreign head of a client state than to the democratically elected president of the United States of America.
Another good weekend to be Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, even the otherwise sane candidates like Romney, Huntsman and Pawlenty who in relative sanity make up for it with a complete lack of charisma are forced at "Rush point" to agree with the insanity of the Paul Ryan "budget fantasy and old people fuck".
[T]here was Camping, "flabbergasted" in Alameda, wearing tan slacks, a tucked-in polo shirt and a light jacket. [...]
"I'm looking for answers," Camping said, adding that meant frequent prayer and consultations with friends.
I'm confident that after "prayer" and "consultation" Camping will emerge with the "revelation" that the Almighty somehow has a plan that involves people giving him money.
I sort of feel sorry for those morons who were taken in, but frankly there are too many of them and far too many that are just a shade more "reality-based" than them that have us with politics laden with fantasy -- i.e. the modern Republican Party.
Tornadoes tore through parts of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, killing at least 30 people in the Missouri town of Joplin and causing one death in Minneapolis as well as causing extensive property damage.
The Joplin deaths came from a powerful tornado that plowed through the southwestern Missouri town of some 50,000 people late on Sunday afternoon...
"We have heard up into the over-100 (range), but ... I don't think anyone has a good count right now," he said of the casualties. He also said that 11 bodies had been recovered from just one location.
But that is not enough for the President of a self-proclaimed news organization -- fair and balanced and all that b.s.:
...for all his programming genius, he was more interested in a real narrative than a television narrative—he wanted to elect a president.
And it appears that thanks to his machinations for driving the GOP to the Right, he will once again elect one -- just the opposite of who he wants.
As much as I'd like to just cut to the chase and have him whisper "Rosebud", Ailes actions get even more disturbing, yet lamer. For Ailes who once "loved" Sarah Palin only to be the last person on Earth to discover she's a moron, has a new crush object -- apparently discovered at something that must have been sponsored by Lap-Band:
A few months ago, Ailes called Chris Christie and encouraged him to jump into the race. Last summer, he’d invited Christie to dinner at his upstate compound along with Rush Limbaugh, and like much of the GOP Establishment, he fell hard for Christie
I'm pretty sure that in all things, when Ailes falls, it's a hard one.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake.com]
Sunday, May 22, 2011
In what police termed a “bizarre” series of events, Wintle allegedly started talking to Seamans about the infant that died this week at Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter on Ticonic Street and said he was looking for the mother’s drug dealer.
News reports made no mention of drugs involved in the infant’s death and did not reveal the family.
He then pulled a .22-caliber handgun out of his pants’ waistband and pointed it at Seamans in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, located on Kennedy Memorial Drive.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Dean -- founder of the youth ministry You Can Run But You Can't Hide, and drummer for the "second-best unsigned band in the nation," Junkyard Prophet -- has said in the past that gays deserve to be jailed for breaking the law. He believes there's no difference between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden. And as TPM has reported, Dean calls Rep. Keith Ellison's (D-MN) support of "homosexuals" part of a plot to implement Sharia law.
Because no Nation is more famously tolerant of gay people than Iran. Naturally, this bonehead managed to offend even most Republicans.
And, of course, he is Michele Bachmann's buddy.
Tennessee Senate Approves Ban On Teaching Of Homosexuality
So the score card is, afraid of Muslims, Gays, and all manner of intelligence.
Friday, May 20, 2011
The boy, Leonard Bast, stood at the extreme verge of gentility. He was not in the abyss, but he could see it, and at times people whom he knew had dropped in, and counted no more.
"At the request of Arnold Schwarzenegger, we ask Creative Artists Agency to inform all his motion picture projects currently underway or being negotiated to stop planning until further notice. Gov Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not wishing to commit to any production schedules or timelines."
...or back child support.
Meanwhile, FoxNews has handled this in the completely rational and fair way you have come to expect:
“I don’t think infidelity should ever signal the end of a marriage,” and argued that Shriver should try to salvage the marriage. Oddly, throughout the interview Ablow and the host seemed most concerned that Schwarzenegger didn’t cheat with someone more attractive.
"For every Muslim in the world that wants democracy and wants human rights, there's one who doesn't, and the one who doesn't doesn't have any rules and will blow the hell out of the one who does."
Bill-O's source for this was impeccable, his own ass, or Rasmussen...same diff.
An artistic representation of the state of the Gingrich campaign...he's not the birds, he's not the people, he's not the inanimate objects, he's the film-maker.
Yesterday Newt Gingrich called his campaign a once-in-a-century kind of event. I suppose that's true, if you think of it like the Tanguska Event or Krakatoa.
But if a campaign like his comes along once a century, how come he is on the same monthly "Apologize to Rush Limbaugh like you Bogarted his Hillbilly Heroin Tour", every other Republican with a moment of sanity has to partake in?
[Regarding Paul Ryan's Medicare Replacement Plan] "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."
"I have an enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet"
- Newt Gingrich
I guess he really does think he's one of those once-in-a-century events.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Thursday, May 19, 2011
...the reason most politicians get brought down down by scandals involving their personal lives is because of "cowardly sociopaths" on the Internet who "hide in the weeds in their basements" and write "the most vile things" about them.
The internet is also totally responsible for loofahs, masturbating on phone calls, and Andrea Mackris' breasts.
David Barton, the Republican establishment’s favorite amateur historian, claims in tax records reviewed by HuffPost to be something of an expert on African-American history...
It’s a curious claim for the Tea Party favorite, who has twice given speeches in front of white supremacist groups -- protesting later that he was ignorant of the groups' professed racist ideology.
Of course this self-proclaimed expert on African-American history once tried to get Thurgood Marshall removed from textbooks, because what did he ever accomplish compared to Clarence Thomas? You must be lazy and/or illiterate to proclaim otherwise.
This ridiculous information would be trivial except this charlatan is the ahistorian of choice for Republican Presidential candidates putting tri-corner hats in place of their consciences. From former candidate Mike Huckabee ("Americans should listen to him at gunpoint") to Michelle Bachmann (the founders ended slavery [or at least 3/5ths of it]) to Newt Gingrich and his spokesperson, most recently heard defending Newt with a press release ending with "...THIS IS SPARTA!".
Time for David Barton to be given a permanent "pundit's chair" on Meet the Press, I suppose.
[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Which reminds me of one of my favorite stories of Iowa crime, a former Iowa State University basketball player who while recognized by name during an alleged robbery replied...
"I'm not me!"
Al Qaeda has appointed an Egyptian militant as temporary leader and named a new head of operations following the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos, al Jazeera reported on Wednesday, citing its own correspondent.
In a brief news flash, the Arab satellite channel said Saif al-Adel was named interim leader and Mustafa al-Yemeni, whose surname hints he is from Yemen, would direct operations.
Both sound like #3s to me.
...any pundit (I'm looking at Mark Halperin especially) who took Newt as a serious heavyweight, just turn in your pundit badge and go home before you embarrass yourself any further. Halperin, you may recall, tried to make the argument in 2008 that having eight homes was good for John McCain (and, yeah, we still say it whenever good news for Obama comes out.) Halperin's argument on Hardball Monday night that Newt is a candidate to reckon with is another classic blown call and another example of pundits never having to be accountable. Come to think of it, until this week, Newt was a pundit...
Maria Shriver found time to dine with one of America's most empathetic listeners on Monday night.
Shriver joined Oprah Winfrey, her partner Stedman Graham and Winfrey's best friend Gayle King for a meal, a source at Chicago's RL Restaurant
Wonder what Stedman was thinking...other than how the hell he could get the fuck out of there...and what was in season?
In the last week, Trump ended his quadrennial ratings grab of a mock campaign after becoming a laughing stock, serving as the perfect foil to bury birthers. Mike Huckabee, most liked of a cast of universally repellant characters also bowed out. Now Gingrich is imploding as spectacularly as his past marriages. The latter doing so, while forcing Republicans to defend the otherwise despised Paul Ryan medicare elimination plan.
Obama may unilaterally negotiate to a maddening degree, but the GOP is suddenly self-triangulating to the point of suffocation in way a fundamentalist in a two-ply wetsuit could appreciate in his auto-erotic last moments.
And it only gets better as who is riding to the rescue but this guy!
John Bolton has his first New Hampshire trip as a potential presidential candidate on the calendar.[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
None of this is to say that there was not some segment of the Republican Party that was receptive to [Trump's] message. Some conservatives said they were willing to forgive his past abortion rights position after he declared he was now antiabortion. “Where you were in the past no longer matters, it only matters where you are today,” said Mr. Trump’s informal political adviser, Roger Stone.
Last month, [Schwarzenegger] announced he would star in an animated children's series, "The Governator," about a superhero with an everyday family life. He told The Times he was ready to reclaim his former Hollywood glory and to make sequels of his greatest hits, including "Terminator," "True Lies" and "Kindergarten Cop."
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a political ally of Schwarzenegger, introduced the Equal Right to Govern Amendment in July 2003, a few weeks before the actor declared his candidacy in the recall election in which Californians ousted Democrat Gray Davis as governor.
If Hatch's amendment is adopted, an immigrant who has been a naturalized citizen for 20 years could run for president or vice president.
Schwarzenegger, 57, has been a U.S. citizen since 1983. He has retained Austrian citizenship.
The police do not need a warrant to enter a home if they smell burning marijuana, knock loudly, announce themselves and hear what they think is the sound of evidence being destroyed, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in an 8-to-1 decision.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff.
How dare they.
Courageous. Almost as courageous as looking like a contestant at Ronald Reagan Night down at the drag bar.
President Barack Obama made a “very gutsy call” to send Navy SEALs into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
"I worked for a lot of these guys. And this is one of the most courageous calls – decisions — that I think I’ve ever seen a president make,” Gates told CBS in a wide-ranging interview aired on “60 Minutes.”
On the other hand, if it involves something "boring" like fiscal sanity and government working and taking care of things like, oh, Americans -- courage is in short supply:
The advisers are deeply concerned about winning back political independents, who supported Obama two years ago by an eight-point margin but backed Republicans for the House this year by 19 points. To do so, they think he must forge partnerships with Republicans on key issues and make noticeable progress on his oft-repeated campaign pledge to change the ways of Washington.
Anybody think the GOP is getting less crazy, smarter, or easier to deal with through this "political" negotiating strategy?
It turns out the six-month spending bill Congress passed in April increased discretionary outlays through the remainder of the fiscal year by a bit over $3 billion.[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, May 16, 2011
"The underlying thematics are beginning to be universalizable in a way that has taken years of work."
What does it mean?
Need it in context? The rest is here.
On Christmas Eve, they met in Ensign's home office where the senator cried and both he and Cynthia said the affair would stop. Both couples told their children, and the next day, the families celebrated Christmas together.
But Ensign began texting Hampton again the next month, and the affair picked up. The senator gave her $3,000 in cash for hotel rooms and items for herself, and told her more than once that he wanted to marry her -- once at the National Prayer Breakfast.
When he traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan with Doug Hampton on a congressional delegation trip in February 2008, Ensign called Cynthia several times, running her phone bill up to nearly $1,000. Aware of the contact between Ensign and his wife, Hampton asked to borrow the senator's phone to call Cynthia and watched him scroll down to "Aunt Judy" instead of her real name.
Residents leave 2 more Fukushima towns
These two towns are 30 km away from Fukushima.
A worker at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant died on Saturday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said, bringing the death toll at the complex to three since a massive earthquake and tsunami in March.
Maybe something else was involved as the worker was in his 60s...he started on Friday and was within an hour.
"Rather than thinking of this as a crisis, I think of this as an opportunity to come together," [John Boehner] said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that he would not support tax increases as part of the deal...
Aw, he wants to deal...right, the Republicans are always willing to deal...
On “Face the Nation,” Boehner invited President Barack Obama to join him in tackling entitlement spending, alluding to the House GOP budget that made major cuts to Medicare.
But, of course, as long as the poor and needy get screwed, it's all good...stepping on the "little people" makes sense to Republicans because they leave less of a stain on the carpet.
And what can the President expect in return?
Boehner has also ruled out tax increases as part of a deal for grappling with the long-term deficit
This does seem right up Obama's alley though, I'm just surprised Boehner didn't wait for Obama to come up with it without asking.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Sunday, May 15, 2011
As her guests said goodbye, Brown and Evans looked eager to get their furniture back. Suddenly the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy wafted in, dressed in black and trailing a cloud of cologne and his mistress, Daphne Guinness, who was wearing a revealing black cat suit and heelless Alexander McQueen platform shoes. Lévy was fresh from Paris, where, he proceeded to tell Brown and a few stragglers, he had just single-handedly persuaded his old friend President Nicolas Sarkozy to go to war against Col. Muammar el Qaddafi of Libya. (A few days later, Steven Erlanger of The New York Times reported that this had, improbably enough, been the case.)
ABC’s This Week: Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC). Roundtable: George Will, Cokie Roberts, Amy Walter. Economic Roundtable: Paul Krugman, FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, Former Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Then, Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution and Anthony Shadid of The New York Times on the Arab spring.
CBS’ Face The Nation: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
CNN State of the Union: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan. Then, Joe Lockhart and Michael Gerson. Plus, Adm. Dennis Blair (Ret.) and John Negroponte.
Fox News Sunday: Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Then, Senate whips Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Nina Easton, Kim Strassel, Mort Zuckerman.
NBC’s Meet The Press: Newt Gingrich. Roundtable: EJ Dionne, Mark Halperin, Peggy Noonan, Helene Cooper.
I wonder if Dancin' Dave will ask Gingrich how he keeps the magic alive in a marriage?
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House
Golly, amongst conservatives in GEORGIA I wonder how that is taken?
Friday, May 13, 2011
As a data storage amount becomes larger the odds of porn being present approach 100 percent, no matter how big the repressive hypocrite [let's call it ATTATURK'S LAW (I'm calling it)]...and really, hypocrites don't come any bigger than bin Laden.
A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.
Besides, who is better at discovering a porn stash than an American soldier?
Thursday, May 12, 2011
And so the run of horrible Osama bin Laden commemorative death merchandise begins in earnest, with this ridiculous doll depicting President Obama as a Navy SEAL. And from the grotesque grin to the massive assault rifle to the very idea of the doll itself, there’s something here to anger just about everyone. Except your seven-year-old. He’ll love it.
Meredith Attwell Baker, one of two Republican FCC commissioners, voted in late January to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC. Less than four months later, she announced that she is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for the merged company.
Fez Tip to Otoolefan via Twitter.
Meanwhile, in FoxNews country
A German court has found John Demjanjuk guilty of helping to murder Jews at a Nazi death camp in World War II.
I just hope Pat can make it back from defending an accessory to the mass murder of Jews in time to complain about the real crime of Common being invited to the White House.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Perhaps now is the time to quote the eminent Mr. Bogg:
According to the New York Times, Newt Gingrich’s secret Presidential campaign weapon is going to be his brittle trophy wife (not a first place trophy wife, more like “participant” trophy wife) Callista, who is just a nice midwestern Catholic girl who had the good taste and judgement to allow Newt bounce his sweaty balls off of her chin for six years while Newt was married to another woman.
Replacing bin Laden, who founded al-Qaida more than two decades ago and masterminded 9/11, may be no easy task. Analysts say the choice will likely depend on how the terror organization views its goals and priorities in the post-bin Laden age.
Huckabee has joked that he "answers" to "two Janets." One is his wife, Janet Huckabee. The other is Janet Porter, the onetime co-chair of Huckabee's Faith and Values Coalition. And Porter, the former governor has said, is his "prophetic voice." But that voice has said some weird things over the years: Porter has maintained that Obama represents an "inhumane, sick, and sinister evil," and she has warned that Democrats want to throw Christians in jail merely for practicing their faith. She's attributed Haiti's high poverty rate to the fact that the country is "dedicated to Satan," and she suggested that gay marriage caused Noah's Flood. And there's this: In a 2009 column for conservative news site WorldNetDaily, Porter asserted that President Barack Obama is a Soviet secret agent, groomed since birth to destroy the United States from within.
She sounds like Jerome Corsi's dream girl.
A long-simmering movement by liberal stalwarts in southern Arizona to break away from the rest of the largely conservative state is at a boiling point as secession backers press to bring their longshot ambition to the forefront of Arizona politics.
A group of lawyers from the Democratic stronghold of Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive seeking support for a November 2012 ballot question on whether the 48th state should be divided in two.
Considering what the rest of the state's politics are like, often appearing to be one-part Yosemite Sam and one-part George Wallace becoming one entire Joe Arpaio, I cannot say I blame them for wanting the hell out of the State, but it isn't going to happen.
Besides, they just want to be a new State, but stay in the union.
Unlike some States that maybe should have tried a bit harder 150 years ago to leave...
After initial objections, lawmakers in Tennessee are moving a new version (pdf) of the most expansive anti-Sharia bill yet...when a Muslim starts practicing Islam with partners or in a group, they are forming a “Sharia organization”
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
First, read Digby's "Drowning in BS".
You have to read [James B. Stewart's Blood Sport] for the full catalog of mistakes, errors of omission and downright lies in that hideous book. The idea that this guy is now rending his garments about Americans being a land of lies is pretty amazing. I guess he thinks he can "get away with it."
Rick Perlstein has coined a phrase "mendocracy" to describe how our elites have completely disavowed the very notion of honesty, even in fields like business and economics where one would assume that an agreement on the basic facts would be necessary to function. James B. Stewart is the walking proof of its existence.
And, as if on cue: Times Hires James B. Stewart, Financial Writer.
No mention of Blood Sport.
Trump: I'm Not Racist — One Of My 'Apprentice' Winners Is Black, Donald Trump wants to clarify that he's "the least racist person there is."
Meanwhile, last Sunday's episode seemed particular one-sided against "the Blacks", especially the ladies:
Three Black Women Booted from Celebrity Apprentice
But Trump wants you to know he doesn't have anything against "the blacks" or "the women", in fact, he thinks Beyonce has a great ass.
Pakistan may let U.S. investigators question the wives of Osama bin Laden, a U.S. official said, a decision that could begin to stabilize relations between the prickly allies that have been severely strained by the killing of the al Qaeda leader.
Jonah Goldberg has already emailed his questions to the CIA...
(1) How big was he...like a baby arm?
(2) Can you please convert centimeters into inches?
NATO launched a number of missile strikes against targets in the Tripoli area on Tuesday that appeared to include Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's compound, witnesses said.
Libyan officials said four children were wounded, two of them seriously, by flying glass caused by blasts from NATO strikes in the Tripoli area overnight.
I have no problem decrying Gaddafi, in all his myriad spellings as a real bastard, but really, does it make the West look a lot better to keep trying to blow him up and get kids in the process? How many times have we tried to do this now all the way back to Reagan's raid in 1986?
In the Second World War, even when the heads of government included Hitler, Tojo and Stalin, this sort of targeting was not commonly practiced (highest profile Admiral Yamamoto, and he was in a real military uniform, not one he put together from a TJ Maxx catalog).
Yet in our more "civilized" era of smart bombs it has become de rigueur. But, when has it actually worked? We bombed Saddam in two wars, multiple times, and it did not work, we spent months leading up to Tora Bora imagining bin Laden cooped up in a Bond-villains cave-complex dropping MOABs and it did not work. How many predator drones have been aimed against "high-profile" targets successfully? Now we've made various efforts against Gaddafi, and accomplished what exactly? I suppose the argument is "it will help reduce civilian casualties", but really who can make that argument honestly when we have actually seen it in practice?
I know it is "easy" to drop bombs when you are so "militarily" superior, but is it very smart?
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, May 09, 2011
A law enforcement source tells CBS News that 2.7 terabytes of data were recovered from the laptops, computers, hard drives and other storage devices seized from the bin Laden compound. It's unclear whether all of the 2.7 terabytes are original files or if there are multiple copies of files.
Okay, let us make this simple...there are absolutely a lot of multiple copies.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he hasn't decided whether to seek a heart transplant.
That's funny because I understand the Obama Administration found an anonymous and appropriately assholish donor just over a week ago and they're keeping it for him on ice.
Maybe they'll end up selling it to a Koch brother.
The file also shows that the occupants never paid any property tax, and that the completed building breached several guidelines. The file says the house had a “flush system” and a drainage tank. The official address on file is: House No 3, Street No 8-A, Garga Road, Thanda Chowa, Hashmi Colony, Abbottabad.
via Balloon Juice
In the best-case torturist scenario, Obama did little more than follow the Bush/Cheney mastermind plan. Ridiculous? A Washington Post/Pew Research poll found that 81 percent of Republicans believe that Bush deserves "some credit" for nabbing bin Laden, while only 61 percent say that Obama does
Thus, though this notion, like all these past delusions is, well delusional, it shall be believed nonetheless, and discussed as if a viable and important topic of conversation. Thus, yesterday, on the Sunday chat shows, there were few members of the Obama Administration or Democrats invited -- it was almost as if Bush was still President -- especially on Dancin' Dave.
If modern America's media existed in its current fashion at this time in 1945, FoxNews would be driving a narrative that people forget about the recently departed FDR and give full credit for defeating Hitler where it belonged, with Herbert Hoover.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]