Archive for December 3, 2009
Who knows. Sarah Palin just might run for president of the United States in 2012 or 2016. Whatever she decides to do, I thought it important to make a record of what she thinks — today – about global warming. So, heads up Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, the Netherlands, Hawaii (is Hawaii in the U.S. of A?), etc. Here she is:
Mitt Romney’s on Larry King as we speak and a few of his hairs are out of place.
OMG, the guy’s going rogue. He must be trying the appeal to a “younger audience.”
Come with me to the food bank tomorrow.
This morning, on the Joe and Mika — I-love-to-look-at-myself-in-the-monitor — show, I caught the tail end — as in three seconds — of a promo for Sunday’s Meet the Press. I’m pretty sure I heard that John McCain will be a guest (oy vey).
You remember Al Gore being on MTP seven, eight, nine times in 2001 after he, ahem, “lost,” to Bush, right? Oh, and John Kerry was on as many times after he, ahem, lost to Bush too, right?
What’s with the “liberal media’s” obsession with has-been John McCain? I mean, the GOP doesn’t even care what he has to say anymore.
This morning it was 3º outside. I sent a thought out to the poor birds and squirrels and deer and other critters who live outdoors around here but a few minutes later I figuratively slapped myself: what are you thinking Melanie? Fine, send a thought out to the animals but what about the people?! The homeless people?
Shame on me.
From Mother Jones:
According to WND, a media co-ordinator named Axel Wuestenhagen [from the United Nations] turned down the website’s request on the grounds that “advocacy publications of non-governmental or non-profit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation.”
Good, because WND is exactly that, an “advocacy publication.” Read the article to learn more.
Botanists have discovered a new member of the orchid family in Ecuador that is .08 of an inch wide, with “transparent petals that are just one cell thick.”
I grow orchids so I think this is pretty cool.
If passed as it is, the financial reform bill winding its way through Congress will create a “permanent bailout mechanism,” and will give complete control over future bailouts to the White House, says columnist Matt Taibbi.
No. At the very least, we must have checks and balances. We cannot permit the White House to have complete control over doling out our money.
(Tearing hair out.)
The day’s must-read from Garry Wills: Afghanistan: The Betrayal.
Others I respect have given up on him before now. I can see why. His backtracking on the treatment of torture (and photographs of torture), his hesitations to give up on rendition, on detentions, on military commissions, and on signing statements, are disheartening continuations of George W. Bush’s heritage. But I kept hoping that he was using these concessions to buy leeway for his most important position, for the ground on which his presidential bid was predicated.
If we had wanted Bush’s wars, and contractors, and corruption, we could have voted for John McCain. At least we would have seen our foe facing us, not felt him at our back, as now we do. The Republicans are given a great boon by this new war. They can use its cost to say that domestic needs are too expensive to be met—health care, education, infrastructure. They can say that military recruitments from the poor make job creation unnecessary. They can call it Obama’s war when it is really theirs. They can attack it and support it at the same time, with equal advantage.
We’re letting e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g go to pot around here…even our medical schools. So, eventually we can’t even “produce” doctors here?
There’s no word for this other than heartbreaking:
Nearly 11,000 people have applied for 400 jobs at the swanky W Hollywood Hotel & Residences slated to open in Hollywood early next year. About 3,500 have applied for 550 openings at the new Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles near Staples Center.
14,500 people apply for 950 jobs that consist of vacuuming hotel rooms and changing sheets. Incredible.
You think your cable bill is high now? You think you’ll have free access to Internet videos forever? You think the media sucks already? Think again.
Sign Free Press’ petition to President Obama here:
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