Archive for December 8, 2009
At another level, I know from working at the food bank that being poor is also about not being able to afford food. Being unable to afford food means you can’t afford a car. If you can’t afford a car you take the bus or you ride a bike. But you can’t carry much food if you take the bus or ride a bike. Imagine lugging two, three, five bags of food home via bus or bike. You want to carry as much as you can but you don’t have much leeway. Do you take that gallon of milk or not? It’s so heavy. Trade it for a bag of onions? Trade the bag of onions for six jars of baby food?
The decisions poor people have to make in their daily lives are decisions most of us never think about.
Check out the hilarious title of former Fox “News” guy, John Gibson’s new book: How the Left Swiftboated America: The Liberal Media Conspiracy to Make You Think George Bush Was the Worst President in History.
The book is published by Harper/Collins. Harper/Collins is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Other books by Gibson-the-hater: Hating America: The New World Sport, and The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought. (Have you heard any details about that “liberal plot to ban the sacred Christian holiday?” Let me know if you do. I’m a life-long liberal but I haven’t heard a thing.)
Cool way to view the Milky Way galaxy — “normally” or via x-ray, infrared, microwave, etc.
The media — thanks to Fox “News” pushing it — is all over “Climate-gate” today but so far, I haven’t seen any reports about what should be called “ACORN-gate.”
The Massahussetts Attorney General released a report yesterday about the scandal created by two right-wing activists who posed as a pimp and a prostitute and filmed rogue ACORN employees giving them “advice” on how to break the law. The AG’s report found that while the employees did nothing illegal, they did act unprofessionally and inappropriately.
The AG also found that the videos appeared to have been edited, “in some cases substantially:”
including the insertion of a substitute voiceover for significant portions of Mr. O’Keefe’s and Ms. Giles’s comments, which makes it difficult to determine the questions to which ACORN employees are responding. A comparison of the publicly available transcripts to the released videos confirms that large portions of the original video have been omitted from the released versions.
Responding to the report, Robert Borosage, of the progressive Campaign for America’s Future, declared that, “an organization that has done remarkable work organizing and empowering the poorest Americans was targeted and slurred by a right-wing hit team, then persecuted by legislators who should have known better.”
Amen. I still can’t believe Democrats went along with that. They’re still afraid of their own shadow despite the message voters sent them last November.
So anyway, where’s the outrage?
The Taliban pays Afghan soldiers more than we do:
And if the Obama administration and NATO are correct that many Taliban foot soldiers essentially fight because of economic opportunity, then this is a glaring, flashing red light of a problem.
My favorite, not only from the list but of all time, is this one:
John Lennon was murdered 19 years ago today — December 8, 1980.
I remember it so well.
I think Ben Bernanke has got to go and I fully support the momentum that is beginning to build to stop his re-confirmation. BanksterUSA has a good summary as to why he’s the wrong guy for the job: A Cockeyed Optimist Does Not a Good Fed Chairman Make.
Greg Sargent over at ThePlumLine has a post up about how Fox’s Eric Bolling referred to the Republican party as “we.”
Unfortunately, that is not a new phenomenon. I saw that happen several times when I was at the News Hounds so I dug up a post from December, 2007. Ann Coulter was on Your World w/Neil Cavuto and said:
Um, well, I still think on our side it’s Romney or Giuliani. On their side it’s Hillary or Obama…
Then there’s this from November, 2006 and Neil Cavuto himself:
Let me ask you Senator, I talked to a number of prominent Republicans in this state this morning who were telling me, almost to a man and woman, while we don’t want to see Republicans go down next week, we welcome it to teach them a lesson that they abandoned their principles, that they’re spending too much, that they’re reckless on some of the things they supposedly are not, that they’ve been a contradiction to the values of our party, so a pox on their house. What do you make of that?
The wonder is that they don’t do it more often.
Poor Eric Cantor (R-VA), the House Minority Whip, is one pitiful guy.
The insurance industry seems to be pretty darn happy about the health care bill working its way through the senate. Translation? If they’re happy, we’re screwed.