Archive for January 4, 2010

Tweet of the Day

Apropos of my earlier post, this from Shoq:

January 4, 2010 at 11:45 PM Leave a comment

Anderson Cooper — A Legend in CNN’s Mind

UPDATED below.

CNN bills Anderson Cooper as “a provocative alternative on CNN/U.S. each weekday to the typical network evening newscast, going beyond the headlines to tell stories in-depth and from multiple points of view.”

I know what Anderson Cooper’s capable of because I remember him at his best in New Orleans immediately after Katrina.

Today?  Today I caught him interviewing a mother and baby who “died” but miraculously came back to life.  You can see the story on just about every “news” site in the world.  Not exactly a “provocative alternative” to the “typical” evening news cast that goes “beyond the headlines” to tell stories “in-depth from multiple points of view.”

Poor Anderson.

UPDATED:  Now (@11:02 p.m. ET) Cooper is narrating a BREAKING NEWS story about the shooting in Las Vegas that took place early this morning.  No disclamers on the video that it is hours old.  One is lead to believe that it’s happening now.  What a ratings whore.

January 4, 2010 at 11:00 PM Leave a comment

Does the Washington Post Expect Anything of Dana Milbank?

Back in the day — four or five years ago — when I first started blogging at the News Hounds, wingers and skeptics jumped on every single teeny tiny mistake I made.  A misplaced comma, a bad link — you name it; they ripped me to shreds.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that my credibility was on the line as was everything I wrote.  What I “said” had to be researched, documented and pretty much perfect or else my whole persona was suspect and if I screwed up, it reflected badly not only on me, but on my fellow bloggers.

Bearing that in mind, I wonder why someone like Dana Milbank still has a job, at the formerly august Washington Post no less.  (I’m thinking about the long-gone class and professionalism that Katharine Graham had but that her kids and grandkids have squandered.)

So, anyway, does Milbank know how to use the Google?  Guess not.

January 4, 2010 at 10:03 PM Leave a comment

Has There Been a Coup in the U.S.?

Watched Olbermann tonight.  Per Richard Wolffe, “some” Obama officials think the panty bomber slipped through due to a systemic failure in the national security monolith brought on by in-fighting, turf wars and a desire to see a Democratic president fail.

My fear is that Cheeeene is controlling that crowd and, in essence, there has already been a coup in the United States. Obama is a target and they will kill him (literally or figuratively) if he doesn’t do what they want, i.e., pump billions more into corporations (banking, defense, etc.) who aim to own and control our government and our country.

Totally plausible IMHO.

January 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM Leave a comment

American Evangelicals Import Death to Gays

The American evangelical version of Christianity means death to Uganda’s gays:

Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda’s capital to give a series of talks.


Now the three Americans are finding themselves on the defensive, saying they had no intention of helping stoke the kind of anger that could lead to what came next: a bill to impose a death sentence for homosexual behavior.

These guys are so insane they actually think they’re doing God’s work.

(H/t NA.)

January 4, 2010 at 6:11 PM Leave a comment

Do Not Tweet This

Ten things you need to stop tweeting about.  (Bravo to #1 and #9, though #1 does not apply to people like Frank Bruni and Ruth Reichl.)

January 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM Leave a comment

Where We Might Be A Year From Now

Here’s an interesting — and perfectly plausible — take on where we might be a year from now, depending on what happens in November.  The government could conceivably be at a virtual stand still:  Countdown to Full Congressional Shut Down:  One Year.

January 4, 2010 at 4:26 PM Leave a comment

Break Time — Food

Here’s a cool timeline showing when specific foods became part of the human diet.

January 4, 2010 at 2:23 PM Leave a comment

Obama Faced Major Terror Threat on Inauguration Day

The New York Times Magazine has posted an article on its website that will appear in the January 17 issue of the magazine, titled “Inside Obama’s War on Terrorism.

It’s a chilling article that, among other things, sets forth details as to how Obama and his aides confronted the threat of a terror attack at The Mall on Inauguration Day:

For a fledgling president, the incident would be a lesson in the fluid, murky nature of terrorism. The challenge of leading the struggle against violent extremists is more than just hunting down bad guys; it’s distinguishing between what’s real and what’s not, tracking down where threats begin, figuring out the right response and finding a balance between acknowledging danger and projecting confidence. The Obama administration spent its first year in office trying to find its balance.

January 4, 2010 at 1:14 PM Leave a comment

Words That Should be Banned?

Lake Superior University is out with its annual list of words that should be banned.

“The list this year is a ‘teachable moment’ conducted free of ‘tweets,'” said a Word Banishment spokesman who was “chillaxin'” for the holidays. “‘In these economic times’, purging our language of ‘toxic assets’ is a ‘stimulus’ effort that’s ‘too big to fail.'”

My faves?  “Sexting” and “Bromance.”  Please.  I don’t want to hear those words again.

January 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM Leave a comment

That Ridiculously High Cable Bill

Here’s more on what the future of our cable bill looks like.  In sum:  it’s going up (and up and up).  As cable channels lose ad revenue to the internet, they want us to pay higher fees for their crappy content to make up for it.

(H/t JG.)

January 4, 2010 at 12:07 PM Leave a comment

Denver — Pot Capital USA

The Denver Post is out with an interesting article about how Denver is fast becoming the “pot capital” of the USA.

Denver now appears to have more marijuana dispensaries than liquor stores, Starbucks coffee shops or public schools, according to city and corporate records.

January 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM Leave a comment

Move Your Money

I think the campaign to encourage people to move their money out of the “too big to fail” banks into local, community banks launched last week by Arianna Huffington and others is a great idea.  I did that very thing in March of last year.

When my husband and I moved to Colorado we opened an account at a local bank known then as National State Bank.  Over the years it changed hands five or six times.  Approximately 15 years ago, it became a Wells Fargo bank.

Early last year I read an arrogant, let-them-eat-cake type quote from the CEO of Wells Fargo (made simultaneous to our money bailing the bank out) and I thought, hey, I don’t want anything to do with that guy and I don’t want my money in any way supporting or contributing to his million dollar paycheck.  So, my husband and I closed our account and moved to a local credit union.  We are so happy at the credit union that we kick ourselves for not moving years ago.

It feels great to have figuratively given Wells Fargo the finger.

Think about making such a move yourself.  Meanwhile, here’s a video produced by with more on why moving to a community bank is a good idea.  Power to the people!

January 4, 2010 at 10:22 AM Leave a comment

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