Archive for January 20, 2010

Republicans: You’re On Your Own When it Comes to “Saving for Retirement”

OK, so I’ll take them up on that:

I went to my local credit union today.

I stood in line to deposit a check.

While there, I looked around and saw a billboard advertising current interest rates.

The highest?  1.25% for a 60-month — that would be five freakin years — “jumbo” deposit of $100,000.

Now someone, please — Scott Brown-Nose?  Jim What’s-a-Mint?  John I’m-a-Bone-Head?  John McCan’t? — tell me how that translates into “saving for retirement.”

Waiting…

January 20, 2010 at 11:43 PM Leave a comment

Vancouver To Truck Snow in for Olympic Games

My guess is that when Vancouver, Canada bid for the 2010 Olympic Games — eight or nine years ago? — it had a reasonable expectation that snow would be on the ground at its ski venues such that skiing wouldn’t be a problem.

Guess not:  Olympic Officials Say They’ll be Trucking in Snow.

Gosh.  Could climate change have something to do with this?  Not to mention tornadoes in Southern California.  I mean, since when are there tornadoes in SoCal?

Since never.

January 20, 2010 at 9:17 PM Leave a comment

Fox News Claims African-Americans Are Leading the Tea Party Movement

You know, hey, we’re talkin’ Faux News here so something tells me this is a wild, wild, exaggeration:

Especially when I read the article associated with the picture:

Marcus is one of a number of black conservatives who have joined up with, and helped lead, the conservative tea party movement since its inception.

“[O]ne of a number…?”  Are we talking two?  Five?  Ten?  Not exactly the picture of “Blacks” taking a lead in the movement.

Nice try.

January 20, 2010 at 7:42 PM 1 comment

Yes We Can, If…

Arianna Huffington was on The Ed Show just now:  “Nobody said ‘Yes We Can,’ if we get Olympia Snow on board.”

So true.

January 20, 2010 at 6:28 PM Leave a comment

Tweet of the Day

From David Sirota:

January 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM Leave a comment

A Voice From Deep Inside the Democratic Machine

Talking Points Memo has published an email it got this afternoon from a long-time Senate staffer (whom it has grant anonymity).  It’s enlightening but, sorry, pretty damn depressing.

Money quote:

The worst is that I can’t help but feel like the main emotion people in the caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done. While I always thought we had the better ideas but the weaker messaging, it feels like somewhere along the line Members internalized a belief that we actually have weaker ideas. They’re afraid to actually implement them and face the judgement [sic] of the voters. That’s the scariest dynamic and what makes me think this will all come crashing down around us in November.

January 20, 2010 at 4:49 PM Leave a comment

Pro-Rape T-Shirts

It’s hard to know what to say when you come across an article about pro-rape T-shirts and ones that say things like “Anti-Abortion! But Pro-Date-Rape” and “NO means YES.”

January 20, 2010 at 4:20 PM 1 comment

Break Time — “Hair Ice”

I had never heard of hair ice before today.

It’s so beautiful.

January 20, 2010 at 4:00 PM 1 comment

Even Scott Brown Voters Want the Public Option

Interesting poll data from Research 2000 regarding what Massachusetts voters want.

January 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM Leave a comment

Outsourcers in India are Hiring, Bigtime

It’s all about the money:

India’s top three outsourcing companies are ramping up hiring and increasing pay as global corporations, mainly from the U.S., send more work offshore to cut costs as they emerge from the downturn.

Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, and Wipro expanded their global workforces by an average of 5.1 percent last quarter, together adding 16,701 employees, company documents show — an early sign that the Great Recession may ultimately benefit India as cost-conscious companies outsource more work, just as they did after the dot-com bust.

We’ve got to come up with some serious disincentives regarding corporate outsourcing.

January 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM 2 comments

Man Performs Appendectomy on Himself

Here is a fascinating account of a 27-year-old Russian doctor who was stationed in the Antarctic in 1961 and who suddenly needed an appendectomy.  Insofar as he was the only doctor at the base, he had to perform the operation on himself.

Amazing.

January 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM Leave a comment

Homeless

Look at these sad pictures of the “homes” homeless people have created underground in Las Vegas.

January 20, 2010 at 11:01 AM 1 comment

The GOP Wins Again

TSA nominee withdraws.

January 20, 2010 at 10:27 AM Leave a comment

What Went Wrong

Here’s a must read by Drew Weston over at the Huffington Post about what Obama must learn from yesterday’s loss in Massachusetts.  The whole article is a “money quote;” here’s a taste:

What happens if you refuse to lay the blame for the destruction of our economy on anyone — particularly the party, leaders, and ideology that were in power for the last 8 years and were responsible for it? What happens if you fail to “brand” what has happened as the Bush Depression or the Republican Depression or the natural result of the ideology of unregulated greed, the way FDR branded the Great Depression as Hoover’s Depression and created a Democratic majority for 50 years and a new vision of what effective government can do? What happens when you fail to offer and continually reinforce a narrative about what has happened, who caused it, and how you’re going to fix it that Americans understand, that makes them angry, that makes them hopeful, and that makes them committed to you and your policies during the tough times that will inevitably lie ahead?

January 20, 2010 at 10:23 AM Leave a comment


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