Archive for February 22, 2010

Fox on Sex, Sex on Fox

Don’t miss posts at “Fox on Health Sex:”

Tonight’s topic?  Suddenly Single?  How to Get Back Between the Sheets.

Hey, I thought Fox stood for “family values.”  Don’t you have to be married — suddenly single?! — before you get “back between the sheets?”

February 22, 2010 at 9:44 PM Leave a comment

Dick Cheney Exposes Himself to Spanish-Speaking People

Dick Cheney was hospitalized today — due to chest pains — at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.  Here’s the hospital’s website…in Spanish.

A roar went up at CPAC over the weekend when someone suggested that Dick should run for president in 2012.  Far as I know, the CPAC crowd hates Mexicans and Mexico and thinks we should speak “English only.” So what’s with Dick allowing himself to be treated at a Spanish-speaking hospital?

Reminds me of the irony of Rush Limbaugh being in that socialist hospital in Hawaii.

February 22, 2010 at 9:31 PM Leave a comment

Dick Cheney Hospitalized With Chest Pain

MSNBC is reporting that Dick Cheney has been hospitalized with chest pain.

Humm, guess I’d better not say what I wanna say.

February 22, 2010 at 7:54 PM Leave a comment

Fox News is Not Happy With Scott Brown

Scott Brown, the newly-elected, Tea Party-supported Republican senator from Massachusetts voted with the Democrats today in support of President Obama’s “jobs bill.”  Fox “News,” Brown’s biggest campaign donor (in terms of in-kind donations, i.e. airtime), is not happy:

And here’s the text of Fox’s whine:

The election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) energized Republicans as it ensured that he would give them a critical 41st vote to help them block Democrats and filibuster key legislation.

So in the second vote of his Senate career, Brown promptly voted to help Democrats cut off a Republican filibuster of a $15 billion jobs bill engineered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

“It’s not a perfect bill,” Brown said shortly after voting. “I was comfortable with that vote.”

Brown defended his vote, saying he was concerned about putting people back to work.

“Anytime you can make a small step, it’s still a step,” said Brown.

Brown joined Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), George Voinovich (R-OH) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.) in voting with Democrats to quash the GOP filibuster.

Sixty votes is the magic number to have operational control of the Senate. Brown’s epic upset win gave Republicans 41 seats and the chance to block Democrats on controversial bills.

Interesting headline.  Fox targets Brown but obscures the fact that four other Republicans voted for the bill as well.   If you read only the headline, you’d think Brown was the only one who did.

Fox is pissed — undoubtedly hoping to reign Brown in before he ah, goes rogue.  And, the unspoken thing here?  All Foxers should email Brown and give him hell for straying from the reservation.  That’ll teach him!

Oh, and a snarky P.S.:   This is at the end of Fox’s article:  “Fox News’ John Brandt and Carl Cameron contributed to this report.” It takes at least two guys to write what amounts to a seven sentence article?

February 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM Leave a comment

Tweet of the Day

From Bob Brigham.  Scott Brown, the new, Republican, Tea Party-supported senator from Massachusetts just voted for President Obama’s jobs bill, but Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the only Democrat to vote against it:

February 22, 2010 at 6:22 PM Leave a comment

Politico Hugely Exaggerates the Size of Obama’s Health Care Proposal

President Obama’s health care proposal, which was posted on the White House website today, is 11 pages long.  Look at the image Politico used to depict it:

February 22, 2010 at 5:46 PM Leave a comment

Look For This in Your Next Bank Statement

There’s a post over at Daily Kos about CitiBank inserting new language in its statements:

On the latest CitiBank statement:

“Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts. While we do not currently exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past, we are required by law to notify you of this change.”

I wonder if CitiBank is the only bank doing this.  If so, it won’t be long before all the big boys to do it. If my credit union does it, I’m going to be furious.  It’s wrong; it’s our money.  And notice the language — apparently Citi thinks it can put a hold on a withdrawal of any amount — be it $1 or $100,000.

Wow.  The more I think about it the more this feels like another foot on our neck.

February 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM Leave a comment

Robert Gibbs Brags About the “Republican Ideas” Contained in Health Care Proposal

Just got this tweet from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

And here are those Republican proposals.  The White House is so proud of including them that they’ve set up a whole separate sections to show them off.

Yeah, I know they’re still fantasizing about bipartisanship but wow, here we are with a Democratic president touting Republican proposals while giving the finger to Democrats who want a public option, something that isn’t even mentioned in his plan.

February 22, 2010 at 4:25 PM Leave a comment

Has Your Tax Rate Dropped by Almost Half in the Last 12 Years?

Has your tax rate dropped by almost half in the last dozen years?  What?  No?  Well it has for America’s super-rich — the people who make in one year what the average worker would make if he worked for 11,000 years.

February 22, 2010 at 4:00 PM Leave a comment

Glenn Beck Issues a Fatwa

When someone calls for the “eradication” of a group of people, what else can it be called?

February 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM Leave a comment

What if Goldman Sachs Had a Nuke?

Check out this short article about the games Goldman Sachs has been playing with the Greek government and thus its economy.  Seems to me GS is one of the most powerful entities in the world at this point.  Just imagine if they had a nuke or two.

February 22, 2010 at 3:03 PM Leave a comment

Sarah Palin Conspiracy Theory No. 1,347

Hey, I’m just putting it out there for your reading enjoyment, but I wouldn’t put anything past ol’ Sarah.

February 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM Leave a comment

Why is Obama Ignoring the Public Option

Why doesn’t President Obama’s proposed health care overhaul include a public option?  Seriously.  People love the idea.

February 22, 2010 at 1:53 PM Leave a comment

Has Sarah Palin Had an Abortion?

Some of the proclamations coming out of the right are not only downright factually ignorant but increasingly, irrational to the point of being frightening and outrageously irresponsible:  Virginia legislator Bob Marshall: ” Disabled children are God’s punishment for women who’ve had abortions.

So, Sarah Palin has had an abortion?  (And I’m waiting for her to call this guy out, since she’s so touchy when it comes to anything having to do with “retarded” people.)

UPDATE: Surprise!  Marshall is claiming his comments were taken out of context.

February 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM Leave a comment

The Geniuses at Fox Are at it Again

The geniuses over at Fox are at it again.  This morning they identified J.D. Hayworth, the former Arizona congressman who is running against John McCain, as a former “congresswoman.”

“America’s Election Headquarters,” hard at work.

February 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM Leave a comment

Beware of Giving Little Kids Hot Dogs

Here’s an interesting factoid:  Pediatricians are asking the hot dog industry to redesign the shape of hot dogs because they are a leading cause of food-related asphyxiations in children:

“The FDA is concerned about the deaths and serious injuries caused by choking.”  Hot dogs are a prime offender, accounting for 17 percent of food-related asphyxiations in children under the age of 10, according to one study.

This is not good but I just can’t quite imagine a square hot dog.

February 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM 1 comment

Ready for a Coup?

Could the United States ever experience a coup?  A group of “patriots” who call themselves the “Oath Keepers” are getting ready for one — because they want to, ahem, “protect the Constitution:”

THE .50 CALIBER Bushmaster bolt action rifle is a serious weapon. The model that Pvt. 1st Class Lee Pray is saving up for has a 2,500-yard range and comes with a Mark IV scope and an easy-load magazine. When the 25-year-old drove me to a mall in Watertown, New York, near the Fort Drum Army base, he brought me to see it in its glass case—he visits it periodically, like a kid coveting something at the toy store. It’ll take plenty of military paychecks to cover the $5,600 price tag, but he considers the Bushmaster essential in his preparations to take on the US government when it declares martial law.

His belief that that day is imminent has led Pray to a group called Oath Keepers, one of the fastest-growing “patriot” organizations on the right. Founded last April by Yale-educated lawyer and ex-Ron Paul aide Stewart Rhodes, the group has established itself as a hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement that includes Tea Partiers, Birthers, and 912ers. Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Pat Buchanan have all sung its praises, and in December, a grassroots summit it helped organize drew such prominent guests as representatives Phil Gingrey and Paul Bloom, both Georgia Republicans.

There are scores of patriot groups, but what makes Oath Keepers unique is that its core membership consists of men and women in uniform, including soldiers, police, and veterans. At regular ceremonies in every state, members reaffirm their official oaths of service, pledging to protect the Constitution—but then they go a step further, vowing to disobey “unconstitutional” orders from what they view as an increasingly tyrannical government.

February 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM Leave a comment

How Does an Income of $988,425 Per Month Sound?

A friend sent me this blurb from TMZ about the divorce proceeding between former L. A. Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt and her husband Frank McCourt that’s wending its way through court in Los Angeles.

Jamie McCourt is asking for temporary support in the amount of $988,425 a month from her estranged husband.

Check out some of the financial details about their lifestyle that have emerged from court documents:

- For the last 5 years of their marriage, Jamie and Frank took $2.31 million per month in salaries and perks — almost entirely on a tax-free basis.

- Frank’s financial advisor testified, “During the marriage the parties used the business to fund to fund whatever they needed, or wanted, as it was their personal ATM or credit card.
– Jamie claims … Frank’s 2008 personal financial statements put his net worth at $834,900,000 and valued McCourt Enterprises in excess of $2 billion.
– Frank spent $52,000 on clothes since November and dropped more than $81,000 on a December vacation … according to Jamie.

- As for Jamie’s request for just under a million a month, she claims it’s necessary “to maintain her accustomed marital lifestyle.”

I’d like to see them live for one month on what my family lives on.

(H/t TH.)

February 22, 2010 at 9:57 AM Leave a comment

Meet the Flintstones

From the Texas Tribune:

Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time, and more than half disagree with the theory that humans developed from earlier species of animals, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Gosh.  Wonder why I’m not surprised.

February 22, 2010 at 9:23 AM Leave a comment

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