Archive for November, 2009
Last week Sarah Palin left 100 people waiting in line at a book signing. On Thursday of this week, she quit a 5K race “to avoid more crowds at the end.”
For the life of me, I can’t understand how anyone thinks this woman has the guts, the gumption or for that matter the character — when you start something you finish it — to be the leader of the free world.
Comcast has a terrible reputation in the Denver area for missing appointments, putting people on endless hold, giving out inaccurate information and for generally having a screw-the-customer attitude. The other day I got a call from a company conducting a survey — obviously hired by Comcast — gauging the attitude of Comcast customers i.e., it consisted of questions about Comcast’s service and response time, etc.
Meanwhile Comcast has started running ads guaranteeing that they won’t miss an appointment and that they take your concerns seriously. They’re obviously in a PR pickle and I assume they are losing cable television customers to the likes of DirectTV and internet hookups to Qwest (which I have and which sucks).
So, they’re trying to mend their ways, but they’re as inept at that as they are everything else: Today we got our bill (we have Comcast cable) which included a $5.00 off coupon to a local pizza place and, ah, it expires on Monday. We have two days in which to use it.
Wow, their generosity is overwhelming, heh?
As of 9:14 p.m. ET we have new pictures of President Obama shaking hands with the terrorists White House party crashers:
At the same time, TheFoxNation is stuck on this:
Stay tuned for an update as to how Fox spins — er, terrorizes us — with the new info.
Here we go: Here’s an image of the White House party crashers shaking hands with President Obama.
Take it away wingers. Now we have, ah, “proof,” that he’s soft on terror huh?
Why in the world didn’t the White House preemptively release this photo on Wednesday? After all, this gig took place on Tuesday.
Did they think they could keep it a secret? Everyone knows that the way to stay ahead of this kind of thing is to get out in front of it before anyone else does.
More amateurish stuff from the guy who’s supposed to know it all: Rahm.
At 2:45 p.m. ET today, news broke that Tiger Woods was “seriously injured” in a car crash “near his Florida” home.
Roughly 45 minutes later we learned that he was fine.
Now we know that the accident occurred in the “early morning” hours — as in roughly 12 hours earlier.
What the hell’s going on here? Who’s playing us for idiots? The MSM? Tiger Woods? His advertisers who might be trying to generate some buzz? His “publicists?”
I smell a rat.
It is 2: 45 p.m. ET and neither CNN nor Fox are reporting this yet but I am getting Tweets from BNO News that Tiger Woods has been “seriously injured” in a car crash near his home in Florida.
UPDATE @ 3:24 p.m. ET – BNO is reporting that Woods is “fine.”
U.S. journalist extraordinaire — one of the few true journalists left in this country — Amy Goodman, of DemocracyNow! was detained and questioned by Canadian authorities on Wednesday for 90 minutes because they were concerned “she was coming to Canada to speak against the Olympics.”
“I am deeply concerned that as a journalist I would be flagged and that the concern — the major concern — was the content of my speech,” said Goodman.
I thought Canada was better than this.
Watching the cable “news” shows this morning you’d think the biggest concern in the whole wide world was how much “consumers” will spend on Christmas gifts today.
“One single grateful thought towards heaven is the most perfect prayer.”
–Minna von Barnhelm
I hope all of you have reason to send lots of grateful thoughts toward Heaven tomorrow.
I worked at the food bank today.
I arrived to almost bare shelves. The bank serves on average 26 families per day. Yesterday they served 78 so the volunteers didn’t have time to stock.
We had 8 volunteers — we usually have 3 or 4 — so we got right on it. Cases of apples arrived that we had to bag, as well as pears and onions. I spent about an hour breaking down huge bags of Romaine lettuce and “baby greens.”
We filled the shelves with the usual — canned beans, vegetables, fruit, chili, tuna and soup. We had a good supply of bread and milk and some butter, cottage cheese and grated “taco cheese” — rare treats. We even had some individual servings of cheesecake oh, and about 15 frozen turkeys!
Several people came through with donations. One woman brought toiletries — shampoo, conditioner, lotion — another rare treat.
My “shift” was over just as it was getting busy. We only have five shopping carts so people had to wait until one was available. If yesterday was any indication, they helped three times more families today than on an “average” day.
I love the people I work with there — it is a sad task — but the people who come through are so grateful. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that the people I helped will have good food on the table tomorrow, even if they don’t have much of anything else.
I’ll say it again: I can’t wait until the resources in this country are more evenly distributed and the Pentagon might, just might, be the one who has to hold a bake sale.
The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it will not join 156 other nations in “formally banning landmines.”
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said,
“This administration undertook a policy review and we decided our landmine policy remains in effect,” Kelly said in response to a question. “We made our policy review and we determined that we would not be able to meet our national defense needs nor our security commitments to our friends and allies if we sign this convention.”
More cowardly stuff from Obama.
Why is Obama taking so long to kick Bush’s people out of the Department of Justice?
President Barack Obama’s Justice Department has changed little from the Bush Justice Department because the same people are still running the show, says former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.
Talking Points Memo is reporting that last night on Hannity, former GWB press secretary Dana Perino claimed that, “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.” And naturally, Hannity let it pass.
That’s like saying the sky is pink. In my opinion, Perino shouldn’t be allowed back on the air; she has lost all credibility.
Amen. Forget how many calories and how much fat there is in a typical Thanksgiving dinner. Relax and enjoy the food and the day!
Check out the National Geographic’s 2009 Photography Contest entries.
Cast your vote at the link above.
I mocked wingers in my last two posts because it seems to me that the proverbial line that we do not cross when we criticize someone has disappeared.
The next time you see him, oh, say on Morning Joe, bear in mind that he put up a photoshopped image of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, depicting her with semen in her hair.
This is Mark Halperin — MARK HALPERIN (again, check out his picture) — a hotshot TIME magazine guy — a member of the punditocracy who we’re all supposed to listen to — because He Is a Wise Man. Yet he acts like a 13-year-old boy whose only thought in life is to masturbate under the covers to a girly magazine, hoping his parents won’t catch him.
Speaking of Michelle Obama being a monkey, I thought it only fair and balanced to slap that headline up.
Maybe, maybe not. This “Republican Faith Chat” site says no because, “Mrs. Bush’s height reflects her place in a Christian marriage — she is less than her husband.” But, as for Michelle Obama?
Now, see how ‘Michelle’ Obama is the same height as a man? (It’s hard to tell, what with that unfortunate hair those people have, but she may even be taller than Mr. Bush — and no woman should ever be taller than a President, for it shows a complete lack of respect.) Well, that is hardly a coincidence that she is as tall as a man! ‘She’ is, after all, a man!
I know this topic is ridiculous but I wanted to take the opportunity to put up a post with the “Is Laura Bush a Transvestite” title in the hope it will be Googled and that it will rile up wingers — because I’m sick and tired of it being okay for righties to throw whatever they want to throw out but we progressives/Democrats/liberals are supposed to bite our tongue and be forever diplomatic.
Oh, and will someone please photoshop a picture of Laura Bush so it looks like this:
Not only that, but there’s an entire category on Google images titled, “Michelle Obama Monkey.“
Let’s get one going for Laura.
Well, technically it was tweeted yesterday but still,
Just yesterday Fox “News” announced that it was going to start handing out pink slips for on-screen errors. Fast forward 24-hours and one of their readerettes lied about how the public option would be paid for.
Republican Doug Hoffman, the guy who lost the NY-23 election to a Democrat and then claimed ACORN stole it, has decided not to ask for a recount. Gosh. When you make an accusation like that it seems to me you should be willing to back it up. Oh, never mind. I forgot. Republicans don’t do that.
Oh, and Hoffman conceded. Again. For the second, or is it the third time?
NBC has decided that it will not air an ad created by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) exposing the dark side of turkey farming. Watch the ad here.
PETA wanted the ad to air during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but it ain’t gonna happen.
I think it’s tragic that we can’t have a discussion about how we treat the animals we eat and I absolutely hate it when a conglomerate decides I’m too delicate a person to see an ad like this. I’m not a child.
I am listening to the radio and I just heard a CBS News reporter say that Obama will speak to the nation next Tuesday and announce that he is sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. The reporter said Obama will “sell” the increase as “a way to get out” of the country.
My God. If you’re as old as I am, you’ve heard that bogus argument before. You don’t send more troops into a country in order to get out. It doesn’t work that way. The longer you stay and the more casualties you sustain the more the thinking morphs into, “we’ve lost so many lives, we can’t pull out now!”
Sounds just like Vietnam.
It’s a PR game. Don’t believe it until you see it.
The Earth laughs in flowers.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I just Googled “FBN” looking for the Fox Business Network.
The top search result for “FBN” was FBN as in “Furniture Brands International,” an NYSE-listed company. One could go to GoogleFinance, YahooFinance, MSNMoney, AOLFinance, CNNMoney and Reuters to learn more but as for going to Fox “Business News”? No.
Meanwhile, “FoxBusiness” was second on the list and the “Fundamental Broadcasting Network” was third.
FBN = Furniture Brands International? Who knew?
When the GOP hires a guy like Alex Castellanos as the “communications advisor” to its bumbling Chairman Michael Steele, you know you’re in for some good times. It’s a case of the blind leading the blind. Consider this: Castellanos’ most memorable bit of “communication” was what he said about Hillary Clinton: She’s a “white bitch.”