Archive for December 1, 2009
Per Fox, W. could do no wrong. As for Obama? He can’t do anything — anything! — right:
In his speech about Afghanistan tonight, President Obama said, “[A]s President, I have signed a letter of condolence to the family of each American who gives their life in these wars.”
That’s a boldfaced lie: White House Policy: No Letter to Families of Military Suicides.
That’s my first reaction.
On Wednesday Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will appear at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said today that he won’t vote to re-confirm Bernanke unless the Fed is, “willing to take their eyes off an exclusive gaze on the welfare of Wall Street and start giving a red hot damn about the American public.”
Right the freakin’ on. And I would add that Bernanke expressing a willingness to take his eyes off Wall Street isn’t enough. He must promise to do so and Whitehouse must commit to making sure he does. And I’m not talkin’ years here. I’m talkin’ weeks, or, at the most, a few months.
Have you ever noticed that when a Republican runs into trouble he or she almost immediately appears on Fox “News” for a softball interview designed to help shed a good light — or a least a softer light — on whatever happened? Pay attention. It’s as predictable as the sunrise.
Mike Huckabee took advantage of that service last night — so generously provided by Rupert Murdoch — when he appeared on “The Factor” to “explain” put lipstick on the pig of his granting clemency to “suspected cop killer” Maurice Clemmons.
I mean, the guy already has his own Fox show but it doesn’t get the ratings O’Reilly gets so hey, hurry, get him on!
Kay Bailey Hutchison says it like it is: Republicans are sentries protecting the insurance industry:
Look at this typo-riddled email from the White House.
Gawd. I’m embarrassed for them.
I live in a college town where at any given time a good percentage of the student population is plastered so this isn’t necessarily good news but it is kinda interesting (say it ain’t so!): Vodka in a pill.
Author Alice Schroeder has a “comment” piece up at Bloomberg.com today alleging that a “friend” told her that some Goldman Sachs bankers are carrying firearms:
“I just wrote my first reference for a gun permit,” said a friend, who told me of swearing to the good character of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker who applied to the local police for a permit to buy a pistol. The banker had told this friend of mine that senior Goldman people have loaded up on firearms and are now equipped to defend themselves if there is a populist uprising against the bank.
I hope the money they’re raking in makes living like this worth it.
Check this out. Look at that graph.
Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.) was on the “Dr. Nancy” show on MSNBC this morning, identified as a “military analyst.”
What the audience wasn’t told is that McCaffrey is a one-man, walking, talking military industrial complex with a whole lot to gain from our military pursuits. The guy has a vested interest in us being at war because he stands to make money if and when we are. So when he appears on television it might be good to know where he’s coming from with his “analysis,” huh? But no. We aren’t told that his “analysis” might just be aimed at convincing the public to go in a direction that will make him big bucks.
PolitiFact✓.com reminds us.
There is so much wrong with this:
For example, off the top of my head:
1) We’re at war. Where’s the respect for the Commander-in-Chief?
2) Where’s the respect for the seriousness of the situation?
3) Where’s the respect for the troops (and their families) who will be deployed and for those who will die or be maimed?
Click on the picture and you go — surprise, surprise — to a nasty New York Post article, giving the impression that you’re getting an independent opinion. But guess what — the New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch as is Fox.
Woke up to a guy from Politico being interviewed on MSNBC. “It’s clear Cheney doesn’t like Obama.”