Archive for March 10, 2010
This is a screenshot from the homepage at TheFoxNation showing the “cover” of the new “World Net Weekly” online “news” magazine:
The accompanying article mocks people like me, who immediately saw that red “tomato” as a bullet hole:
Featuring President Obama with a tomato splattered squarely on his nose, the image signifies not just a thorough booing of him and his policies but is positioned to liken him to common clown costuming. That latter point is reflected in the issue’s headline, “Enough clowning: Americans rejecting ‘greatest snow-job on Earth.’”
Such symbiotic satire was lost on those who projected criminal intents onto the tomato.
Oh, so seeing this as something more than a tomato splatter means there’s something wrong with me? I’m “projecting criminal intents [sic] onto the tomato?” No. I’m projecting criminal intent onto World Net Daily.
This reminds me of what Fox “News” does when it gets caught making an outrageous statement: Hey, relax. Get a sense of humor. Why are you so angry? It’s a joke. We’re kidding! It’s everybody else’s fault, not ours.
TubroTax becomes the 120th advertiser to stop advertising on The Glenn Beck Show.
Way to go TurboTax!
More on the graphic here.
The top House GOP budget guy, Paul Ryan (R-WI), has produced a “budget roadmap” that makes my skin crawl and causes me to pray that the Republicans never, ever control the legislative branches of our government again because they are insane:
As you would expect from a conservative plan, compared to Barack Obama’s tax ideas Ryan would raise less government revenue. This is why he needs sharp cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense, and all other government programs combined with privatization of Medicare so that a larger share of your diminished benefit goes to for-profit insurance companies. The interesting thing, however, is that when the Center for Tax Justice (PDF) ran the numbers, they discovered that this isn’t the kind of tax cut that makes your taxes lower. On the contrary. Most Americans will pay higher taxes under Ryan’s plan than under Obama’s. Only the very richest will pay less.
“Only the very richest will pay less?” So the very richest would get another GOP tax cut?
So give Ryan credit. It’s quite difficult to raise taxes on 90 percent of Americans while reducing overall tax revenue, but he’s shown enormous ingenuity in getting the job done. Remember that this is the top House GOP budget guy. If John Boehner becomes Speaker after the midterms, Ryan will be writing budgets for the new majority, presumably animated by the same moral principles that led him to this idea.
When you hear the GOP talk about reducing the deficit, this is the kind of thing they’re talking about. If anything like this ever passes, you can kiss this country good-bye. We’ll all be living in the streets.
This is amazing: What if Everybody in Canada Flushed at Once:
The water utility in Edmonton, EPCOR, published the most incredible graph of water consumption last week. By now you’ve probably heard that up to 80% of Canadians were watching last Sunday’s gold medal Olympic hockey game. So I guess it stands to reason that they’d all go pee between periods.
But still—the degree to which the water consumption matches with the key breaks in the hockey game is stunning.
I bet water consumption patterns in the U.S. were pretty similar.
Women of all races bring home less income and own fewer assets, on average, than men of the same race, but for single black women the disparities are so overwhelmingly great that even in their prime working years their median wealth amounts to only $5.
In a groundbreaking report released Monday by a leading economic research group, social scientists turned a spotlight on the grave financial challenges facing an often overlooked group of women, many of whom could not take an unpaid sick day or repair a major appliance without going into debt.
“It’s rather shocking,” said Meizhu Lui, director of the Closing the Gap Initiative based in Oakland, Calif., who contributed to the report “Lifting as We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth and America’s Future.”
Among the most startling revelations in the wealth data is that while single white women in the prime of their working years (ages 36 to 49) have a median wealth of $42,600 (still only 61 percent of their single white male counterparts), the median wealth for single black women is only $5.
It’s no wonder there is a whole generation of single black women in this country who are living at the same poverty level as their mothers and grandmothers. Nobody has anything to pass down, to help the next generation get a leg up; the group as a whole has no real chance of breaking out of this vicious cycle.
A California robber holds up 11 people and gets all of $6.
If you’ve ever been jealous of the people who Glenn Beck attacks for being proud progressives; feel left out that because he hasn’t noticed that you’re a “danger” and a “threat” to the country too? Have I got a deal for you.
Go to this site and enter your name — or a name — and sit back and watch. You too can be honored by Glenn Beck for being the proud progressive you are, just like he honored me:
This from MotherJones, and I absolutely love the last two sentences:
Never let it be said that Walmart doesn’t know how to pander for a fast buck. The megachain acknowledged today that it’s selling ethnic Barbie dolls for about half of what it charges for Caucasian Barbies.
The store was forced into the admission after a Louisiana-based shopper posted a photo, seen here,
of the diverse dolls—and their respective pricetags—side by side in a Wal-Mart. As the good-humored Latino-interest blog Guanabee: “The same exact doll, in Caucasian, commands almost double the price! Who says Barbie dolls don’t supply young girls with a realistic portrayal of womanhood?”
The scumbags we bailed out with our hard-earned tax dollars — automakers, banks — are now using that money to hire high-powered lobbyists to lobby on their behalf (and against ours): Bailed-Out Firms Start Rebuilding on K Street.
Big banks and automakers bailed out by the government are now on a K Street shopping spree.
Over the past few months, the biggest beneficiaries of the $700 billion financial bailout have hired a slew of blue-chip lobbyists to boost their presence in Washington.
Congressional lawmakers and consumer advocacy organizations pressured companies to stop lobbying when they took bailout money. But as the companies regain their health, with some banks soaring in the process, they are heavily lobbying the administration and Capitol Hill.
General Motors, which went to Washington in late 2008 in need of emergency aid and then passed through bankruptcy in 2009, has hired three outside lobbying firms already in 2010.
Lawmakers should have done more than “pressure” companies to stop lobbying when they took bailout money, they should have required it as a pre-condition to getting bailout money.
One year after U.S stocks hit their post-financial-crisis low on March 9, 2009, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has risen more than 68 percent, and it’s up more than 41 percent since Obama took office. Credit spreads have narrowed. Commodity prices have surged. Housing prices have stabilized.