Archive for January, 2010
Imagine sitting in a seat in a theater for an hour or two while wearing this.
It’s beyond me. I can’t even stand the thought of wearing a shoe with a heel.
Bought and paid for New York politicians think you do — and I’m talkin’ — get this — Democrats.
From Peter Daou:
Answer: There aren’t any. (And to all you righties out there, I know Keith Olbermann immediately comes to mind but no, he isn’t someone I’d call an “extreme” leftie).
Roger Ailes was on ABC’s “This Week” this morning “defending fair and balanced Fox News.”
Excuse me but Roger Ailes is the CEO of Fox. Doesn’t the guy have enough of a platform already for God’s sake?
Woo hoo! That brings to 100 the number of companies that have stopped advertising on Beck’s show. But Honda went a step farther — it dropped its ads from Fox as a whole.
Way to go Honda!
OK, here we go. The Tea Partiers have come out with a proposed “Contract From America,” the final version of which will be released on April 15. It delineates the various issues they are concerned about and what they want done about them. For example, they want the government to cut the deficit by 70% without raising taxes and to do it within two years.
That would be a fairly complicated thing to do which is, ahem, addressed, so to speak, in their contract this way:
The contract can do more than just offering pieces of legislation, it can “bind” a representative to a pledge. I would suggest that every representative that signs this document has to support cutting the deficit by a substantial amount without any new taxes or tax increases. We can change the percentage if we want, but at the end of the day, this idea is central to the preamble’s principles, without offering any wiggle room. Cut the deficit by making tough cost-cutting decisions or you’re out!
Now read the post below to get a taste, just a little taste, of the potential ramifications of doing that. Then go back to having fun perusing the other crazy things they want to do (like abolish the Department of Energy, the EPA and the Department of Education).
This is the kind of world we will live in if the get-the-government-out-of-my-life types start running the show:
COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.
More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.
The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.
Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.
Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.
City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won’t pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.